The process of self-actualization

Self-actualization means you know exactly who you are, where you are going, and what you want to accomplish in life. It is a state of well-being.

Abraham Maslow was an American psychologist and best known for his theory of the “Hierarchy of Needs”. The last step of his “Hierarchy of Needs” is “Self-actualization”. Abraham Maslow described here the ongoing process of fully developing the own potential. It is good to know that self-actualization is a process not a goal. It is a process that should slowly develop.


The process of self-actualization leads to the following positive traits of character:

  1. “High” feelings. Self-actualisers often experience moments of real excitement, ecstasy or deeper meaning.
  2. “Higher purpose” feeling. Self-actualisers see a mission in their life. They try to solve problems and pursue goals outside of themselves.
  3. Spontaneity. Self-actualisers are willing to risk something and they experiment with their lives. They are able to be spontaneous.
  4. Enjoyment and appreciation. Self-actualisers enjoy the good things that life offers them. Their enjoyment and appreciation for the gifts of life is extreme.
  5. Social interest. Self-actualisers care about the well-being of other people and the community in which they live. They live deep relationships.
  6. Comfortable with being alone. Self-actualisers enjoy close relationships with others, but also their own company. They regularly enjoy being alone.
  7. Sense of humor. Self-actualisers may very well laugh at themselves. They are able to make spontaneous jokes and see the humorous side of life.
  8. Critical thinking. Self-actualisers are open-minded, but also skeptical. They see both sides of the medal. They weigh up new ideas in a critical analysis.
  9. Accepting of imperfection. Self-actualisers accept the own flaws as well as the flaws in others. They calmly accept that people are never perfect.
  10. Self-directed. Self-actualisers are autonomous and independent – they choose the direction of their own lives.

How do we reach self-actualization?


Here are some steps to get you in the right direction of self-actualization :

  1. Assess your life. Ask yourself if you live a life that you find deeply rewarding and meaningful. This you should ask yourself regularly.
  2. Assess your motives. Rethink your motives. Do you have fear or too less trust in yourself? Base your life choices on the desire to grow.
  3. Be willing to change. If your life does not give you the needed success, be willing to get off your backside and take a new direction.
  4. Take responsibility. It’s your life and it’s up to you to make the necessary changes that will lead to a greater fulfillment.
  5. Cherish your uniqueness. Be willing to break away from the herd and be different. Follow your own impulses.
  6. Realise your dreams. Stop wallowing in wishful thinking, write down your goals and take action to achieve them.
  7. Accept your fallibility. Admit mistakes. Be honest with yourself and with others.
  8. Learn from the good times. Enjoy and try to repeat experiences being deeply meaningful, inspiring or leading to feelings of ecstasy, excitement, humility or fulfillment.
  9. Participate actively in life. Become an “active” member of society and of your community. Get involved in life.
  10. See the good in others. Get into the habit of looking for the good in others.
  11. Assess your progress. Reflect on all that you’ve accomplished and honestly assess how you may improve your life and the lives of those around you.


We limit ourselves and our potential by “perceiving” our own false reality.

We prevent ourselves to self-actualize and to be successful.

Self-actualization is only achieved through an expansion of the own consciousness.







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