There are various definitions of the idea of self-actualization. According to Carl Rogers, a psychologist, self-actualization is the integration of your real self with your ideal self. Some say it is about tapping into your inner potential and then mobilizing that potential through what we think, say and do. And then there are others who say that it is a process of personal growth, where your goal is fulfilling a higher need. No matter which definition you choose to focus on, what’s important is that self-actualization is crucial for your inner wisdom and wellness. It is one of the keys to living a meaningful and purposeful life.
If you are unsure about how to begin your journey towards self-actualization, here’s how you can get started:
Learn to enjoy the present
You must stop being self-conscious, so that you can wholeheartedly and unabashedly live and enjoy the present. It is the first step towards self-actualization – experiencing life as it comes at you with full concentration and absorption. It is only at this moment that you are truly you, you are truly human, and that is yourself actualizing it.
2. Be aware of the choices you make
Over the course of our life, we are constantly faced with choice, both important and seemingly inconsequential. A common trait exhibited by humans is making safe choices, which is behavior dictated by fear. If you want to achieve self-actualization, you need to be more aware of the choices you make. Think about them, and try to find out if a particular choice will encourage spiritual or emotional growth.
3. Get to know and understand yourself
Quite often, we find ourselves leaning on others for opinions about our life, whether it is our family, friends or the society in general. These opinions then shape our thoughts, words and actions. Instead of depending on others, you must try to know yourself better. Understand what you feel or think. This will help you identify your true self, and move a step further towards self-actualization.
Self-actualization is also an important part of integrating your spiritual journey. Nicola is a spiritual coach who can help you with it. Get in touch with her to learn and understand more about integrating your soul journey so that you can live an abundant, fulfilling life.