Conscious Awareness – Choose Your Motivators
Understanding your true self, including your unique needs, wants, desires, and aspirations, helps you know what’s most important to you and what direction you want to grow.
This is the first critical step to setting and reaching any goal and causing any change. They are the “real” personal reasons that move you to do things, whether you get things done or not, and have the life you want most.
Choosing the right motivator for you can spark the inspiration you need to muster the courage to take action to move closer to a goal. Equally important is to sustain your motivation, to keep your motivation fire burning throughout the year.
Needs & Deficiency; Wants & Growth
Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and how humans fulfill potential serves as the perfect reference for understanding needs and motivation. This work assumes human beings are motivated by a hierarchy of needs, and the basic/lower level needs must be more or less satisfied prior to a higher need.
Your needs are the required, must have basic necessities to live a healthy life – food, clothing, shelter, education, and health care, etc. These are common and essential for all humans and have a sense of urgency that drives them to be fulfilled because non-fulfillment may result in disease or even death.
According to Maslow, these are Deficiency Needs because they represent scarcity and lack; these needs do not continue to motivate when fulfilled. Maslow’s Needs Hierarchy, Levels 1 – 4.
Your wants are not required to live a healthy life or for survival and can be fulfilled in the present or in the future. They are your good to have, your heart’s desires, your wish to have! These are unique to you.
According to Maslow, these are Growth or “Being” Needs because they represent an ongoing process of fulfilling these needs, and when fulfilled, they continue to motivate. Examples of growth needs include learning, appreciation, actualization, service to others, etc. Maslow’s Needs Hierarchy, Levels 5 – 8.
“When you stop growing, you start dying.” William S. Burroughs, American writer, and visual artist
Motivators and Your Goals
Your motivators drive you to set and keep focused on your goals – perfect for this time of year. Staying connected to them throughout the year will support you as you take inspired action (the act of doing rather than avoiding), spark and sustain motivation, build momentum, grow, and transform.
This is critical as the year ticks on, and life shows up with its distractions, competing demands, and resistance blocks your path, challenging your focus and commitment.