Episode 22: Maslow on Growth & Safety

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Abraham Maslow said that in any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety.

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Maslow on Growth & Safety

Abraham Maslow said that in any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety.

I love that. I like to think of it this way:

We wake up in the morning. Is our first act a step forward (we get up immediately; we say the mantra we committed to; whatever) or do we step back into safety (stay in bed; hit snooze; etc.)?

+1 one if you stepped forward. -1 one if you stepped backward.

So, after that first act/thought, you’re either at +1 or -1. Yah?

<|----------------------------|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|----------------------------|>

-100                              -3    -2    -1     0    +1   +2   +3                               +100

(Notice that the difference between where you could be and where you actually are is actually TWO units apart, not one, btw…)

OK. How about the next moment? Forward or back? Forward or back? Forward or back? Moment to moment to moment…

Fast forward to the end of the day. Where are you? +25,000 or -25,000?

Pay attention cuz the weight of those negative #s is going to make it hard for you to sleep well. In fact, why do you think people crack open the beer/turn on the TV/yell at the spouse and kids and generally act like a weenie too often at the end of a day?

Exactly. Too many steps in the wrong direction. Their soul knows that they were capable of soooo much more. Unfortunately, rather than address it thru more constructive behavior, too often we take it out on others and blame/criticize/etc. Ick.

The quickest way to live a life of bliss? Step forward.

P.S. Friendly self-actualizer travel warning: Dr. Maslow also advises: “If you deliberately plan on being less than you are capable of being, then I warn you that you’ll be unhappy for the rest of your life.”

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