Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs – Application & Development | What Level Are You On?
Almost every day we see people that have deficiencies in fulfilling Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs in their own lives. It feels heartless or harsh to walk by and not want to lend a hand.
We course through our days at our mundane jobs, taking for granted where we would be without our own needs being fulfilled.
Yet, some of us have a yearning that we have ignored or haven’t fulfilled. Maybe we don’t think we deserve to live our highest potential.
We go through a mental checklist as we seek the answer to this burning desire for something that we just can’t identify.
- We have food – check.
- We have water – check.
- We have shelter – check.
- We have our physical safety – check.
- We have our mental safety – check.
- We have our emotional safety – check.
- We have low fear – check.
- We have low anxiety – check.
- We have satisfactory relationships – check.
- We are loved – check.
- We belong – check.
- We have family – check.
- We have friends/peers/classmates/teachers/others – check.
- We have a sense of self-worth – check.
- We have our education – check.
So, we have the mental checklist complete. Why are we feeling this “thing” that’s missing? Why do we even feel like this? What on earth can it be?
These are all aspects of the “Deficiency Needs” of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. These are the first things that we make mental note of and are certain to fulfill. The remainder of this hierarchy of needs falls into a different classification. They are the “Growth Needs”. People have various theories on the subject.
Most people with “white-collar” jobs either earned it or went to school to train for the position. Some people were placed by family members grooming them for the company to be handed to them upon their family member’s retirement.
However, education or seeking knowledge and understanding are in the growth classification. This means that we need to be learning or “growing” our knowledge and understanding. People often confuse understanding with knowledge in that they think that they are synonymous to each other.
However, understanding, in theory, may be synonymous but in application it is different. When you apply the knowledge that you’ve gained through education, that’s when you find out if you understood the knowledge being given to you.
Now there are two remaining aspects of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. These come in to play in our lives as our lower needs are met. Some believe that they go hand in hand with the lower needs.
We play the Jones’ have, but we have not psychological game. We appreciate what we have until we see the Jones’ with a luxury car, an expensive luxury home, etc. This is the psychological play on you as an individual. Suddenly, you don’t feel that your needs are met. Why? Aesthetics. Aesthetics come into play when you see the Jones’ luxury home, car, etc.
This innate “thing” has lit a proverbial fire inside of us that makes us unsatisfied with what we have. Why? It is a part of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. This aesthetic desire for beauty “bug” just infected us by seeing the Jones’ lot and now our inner fight begins.
Moving up on the hierarchy, we find self-actualization. What is this self-actualization? Self-actualization is when you are your highest potential. Why this is significant to “keeping up with the Jones'” is simple, we feel that we aren’t at our highest potential yet.
Procrastination vs. Self-development
Are we putting off growth potential or are we going to begin our self-development?
In this instance, people might view us as procrastinators. But, are we really? Have we had our true “keeping up with the Jones’ experience”?
If we haven’t had the true experience that propels us to try to outdo the Jones’, then that may not be the driving force of propulsion that we need. Everyone is different in their desires. For example, if someone prefers to live a Bush Crafting lifestyle versus a luxurious mansion, you cannot say that they are not living up to their highest potential. They may be the best bush crafter that ever existed.
But for those that are challenged by the Jones’, buck up. There is hope for you yet. Pull up those bootstraps and get moving towards your highest potential. This is the point in time you may see the Law of Attraction come into play in your life. Why? Your vibrations to the universe have changed.
The universe responds to those dissatisfied vibrations that you start sending out. Those dissatisfied vibrations kick the universe into a state of “we have a dissatisfied customer down there and we better fix it” state of being. They open up the flood gates and things just start rolling to you.
You move into the growth stages again and the universe gives you what you need. When we are satisfied, we slip back into that comfort zone of bliss and we have reached a new stage of self-actualization. We check our checklist off once again and sit back and enjoy our new growth until our next Jones’ experience.
To-Do List vs. Wish List/Bucket List
If you find that you ARE procrastinating, start a To-Do List.
A To-Do List versus a wish list/bucket list is quite different. You can start off by making a Long-Term Goals list and a Short-Term Goals list.
Once you have your long-term goals on paper, you can see if your short-term goals coincide with them. If they don’t coincide, then don’t start over. It’s fine. You may have found a hidden Jones’ experience you didn’t know you had in that lack of coincidence.
Be specific with each to the point you know when you want each to take place. Are they doable goals? Are they meticulously specific? Are they really what you need?
A wish list or a bucket list is merely things you would like to do, but a To-Do list is a plan of action. Can you make your wish list into a plan of action? Maybe, it depends on what your wish list consists of in actuality.
You should start out by writing your normal routine down when writing your To-Do list. Be specific with this part. For example:
- 6:45 wake up
- 7:00 take vitamins
- 7:15 Fill 64 oz thermos with water
- 7:30 Make sure the child gets on the bus
- 7:45 let the dog out
The next day, add a new thing into your To-Do list. Maybe you found that these things do not take as long as you’ve estimated. Try to put at least three things into your To-Do list that propel you towards the short-term/long-term goals.
Each day, keep as many of the To-Do things on the list that you did and did not accomplish. If you found it unnatural to follow the list in order, it’s not a big deal. The importance of this is extremely great. Why? It’s because you have a visual of what you want to accomplish, and this leads to building habits of success.
I’ve recently started making daily To-Do lists in a journal that I keep for my business. I was wanting to know how I can add my business to my every day without overwhelming myself. I have to keep myself from getting overstressed due to a physical illness that I was diagnosed with a little over a year ago.
Keeping this journal of daily To-Do’s helps me see when I’m getting stressed and how I can rearrange things to make them flow smoothly. When jumping around on the to-do list, I don’t worry. As a matter of fact, it is showing me the natural flow of things.
For example, you wouldn’t want to dry a dirty dish before you wash it. That is just unnatural.
Conclusion On Applying Maslow’s Hierarchy Of Needs
When the flow of things is smooth, this is a natural way of training good habits in order to fulfill those higher needs on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.
When you reach those goals, your sense of self-worth increases. You might even find yourself more confident and filled with determination as well as a higher sense of accomplishment.
You might even find yourself looking like the guy in the photo as you see that you’ve checked off everything on your To-Do list consistently for a year.
You might even find your self-evaluations have reached the point that you are comfortable, and you’ve exceeded your expectations.