“What one CAN be, one MUST be.” – Abraham Maslow
If you’ve ever taken a psychology class, then you’ve probably heard of Abraham Maslow and his “Hierarchy of Needs.”
Have you ever woken up in the morning and felt like something was off? In psychology terms, that feeling is called a cognitive dissonance. This term refers to any time that what you know you CAN BE doesn’t match up with what you ARE. This creates a little bit of discomfort, a sort of rub in your consciousness that you can’t shake off.
Here’s a little more depth… maybe you’ve woken up in the morning and you feel like you could be living so much BETTER than you are… but you are not. Instead of waking up to a job you love, a fulfilling relationship, great physical and mental health and a passionate day-to-day life, you are waking up feeling discouraged or depressed. Maybe your life doesn’t quite fit the description you want it to. Enter – cognitive dissonance!
The beautiful thing is that dissonance has a PURPOSE for existing in your life. That discomfort, that feeling of not being quite content or satisfied helps you to DO something about it. It encourages us to wake up and rise to the next level of your own purpose and potential.
“There is no greater purpose in our lifetime than to actually become what it is we are meant to become.” – Abraham Maslow
Out of 7.4 billion people on the planet, there is something that YOU and ONLY YOU can do in the world. You have a unique combination of strengths, passions, things that you care about and causes you feel connected to that create a DNA or blueprint of YOU that tells you what you’re here to do.
You’re not here to just blend into the masses! You’re not here to do just what everyone else is doing. You are here to be uniquely you!
With this thought of self-actualization, think about the times you wake up and feel cognitive dissonance. Think about the times you are walking down the street or driving in your car and just not feeling like you’re “there” yet. Instead of pushing these feelings away… listen to them!
“Follow your bliss” – Joseph Campbell
Understand that the universe, the gods, whatever it is to you… is providing breadcrumbs for you to follow.
The practice then, for today, for tomorrow, for the rest of your life is to find what makes you feel alive. Find what makes you excited and what makes you feel BLISS. And follow that! Start actualizing on your potential by listening to your bliss and allowing it to manifest in your real life. Start moving closer and closer to it on a daily basis.
Now take a deep breath. I don’t want you to get overwhelmed by how big this vision is. Just focus in on the moment and know that in every minute you have a choice: you can stay the same, or you can move closer to whatever it is you’re capable of.
The big pursuit of every day then is, in every moment, to CHOOSE to actualize your potential and become whatever it is you’re here to become.
Remember, we’re in this together.
Originally featured on FitLife.tv