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May 20, 2022

You Will Always Get Your Needs Met

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You’re probably familiar with Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, which is basically the progression of attaining different tiers of needs from physiological to safety to love and belonging to esteem and then to self-actualization. We all interface all of these needs, some are more prominent than others based on the state of your life, which means that they are weighted differently depending on what’s most important to you.

You can gain insights into your needs by looking at the problems you’re experiencing. At the end of the day, problems are just unmet needs. We’re motivated to solve problems and meet our needs because we experiencing discomfort when we leave things unresolved. With that deeply rooted motivation, what that means is you will always get your needs met. What’s important to consider is the way that you’re doing that.

Let’s say that you have a need for more belonging and intimacy in a relationship. You could be vulnerable in your relationship and communicate about your needs, or you could seek out getting attention from someone else to fill that void. You can not have your baseline need of having food met so you can go and buy food (if you can afford it), you can get assistance from government organizations, or you can steal it. If you don’t address the need it will grow stronger and stronger until eventually it creates an urge to satisfy it that is unavoidable.

Seeing this through the lens of your best self, it is very important that you are aware of the problems you’re experiencing, what underlying need that problem is suggesting is not getting met, and what you’re doing to meet that need. You can build structure and expectations to be accountable to doing productive and healthy things to meet your needs. Combining intention and awareness will help you get what you need and ensure you’re doing it in the right way.

To integrate this into your life today ask yourself this question - What problem do I keep on experiencing and how am I solving it?

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