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My Self Development Plan utilities Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and his Characteristics of Self-Actualization as well as a little ancient wisdom courtesy of Lao Tzu’s ‘Tao Te Ching’.
My Self Development Plan starts with:
1) Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs describes the pattern that we are subconsciously motivated by as we move through life. From the base to top of the hierarchy they are:
Once we realize what drives us, from the subconscious level, we can uncover the hidden blocks in our journey of realizing our true selves. My full explanation and checklist can be found on this page: Maslow Hierarchy of Needs
My Self Development Plan continues with:
2) Maslow’s Characteristics of Self-Actualization. So let’s aim for the top and go for the good life conceived by Maslow as self-actualization. From studying the likes of Einstein, Lincoln, Jefferson, Roosevelt, and others he saw as exemplary (self-actualized) people, Maslow observed the following common characteristics among them all.
Embracing these characteristics is a powerful form of personal development. How you embrace them is up to you, but in my practice I use Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) to trick the brain.
My Self Development Plan stays on track with:
3) Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching. The ancient Chinese philosopher Lao-Tzu is the fabled author of the Tao Te Ching and is said to be the founder of Taoism. I find the text a source of inspiration and it is in complete alignment with what Maslow called, the Being Values or Metaneeds of his Self-Actualizing characteristics. This little book of wisdom is one of the most translated works in world literature. But I find in many of the translations (of other translations) the pure form of ancient wisdom has become rather ambiguous. I recommend the Richard Wilhelm Edition translated into English by H.G. Ostwald. ISBN:0140190600. (Out of print and rather hard to come by now.)
Alternatively, for the total beginner there is nothing better than The Tao of Pooh. A sweet little book written by Benjamin Hoff. I found it to be a perfect introduction to the Eastern belief system of Taoism for Westerners. It literally employs the fictional characters of A. A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh stories to explain the basic principles of the Tao.
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