As humans we all have basic needs that we try to meet in our everyday lives. These needs underline and motivate every single choice we make. When identifying the top two human needs you value most you will discover what drives you. You can more easily understand your past decisions as well as be more proactive in the decisions you make going forward.
- Certainty – The need to avoid pain and achieve comfort
- Variety / Uncertainty – The need for challenge, excitement and stimulation
- Significance – The need to feel unique, special, needed and worthy of attention
- Connection / Love – The need for connection with others
- Growth – The need to grow and develop
- Contribution – The need to contribute to that which is beyond you
Whether consciously or unconsciously, we will try to fulfill the needs which are most important to us. However, our quality of life can be affected by how we choose to do that. We can try to fulfill our needs either in a negative and harmful way, or in a positive and empowering way. If the way we try to meet those needs is not in line with our values then we will experience conflict and discontent.
When we are able to align our needs with our highest values then we will feel more complete and fulfilled ~ In this state we can truly thrive as human beings, as a parent, lover, friend, colleague, entrepreneur, you name it!
To achieve this we have to work through the barriers and underlying beliefs that hold us back. The process can be facilitated and accelerated when we identify and connect with the source of our inner strength. Everyone has that inner strength and the way in which we connect to it is unique to each of us. When we discover our personal way of connecting with it we have access to a continuous source of power. Regularly drawing on this power source, and at the same time finding how we can harmonize our behavior with our values and our needs, leads to sustained and long-term growth. Through the process we can start to embody our best self .