What’s important to you?
I’m not saying do not be concerned with others needs. I am saying that you must understand your own needs first. Hence the question, What’s important to you?
We all have our base needs. If you ever studied psychology, then you may remember Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs. Our base or physiological needs are food, water and clothing. Covering our basic survival needs is common to everyone.
Safety can take many guises. You can have a basic safe environment without threats to your life. One can have financial safety or good health. All of these are aspects of safety. What is important to you?
Love and Belonging
We all want to be loved and belong somewhere. Some say this why gangs are popular, because they attract those that do not belong to some group or family. Love and belonging are important to all of us, but again, they are different for everyone. What is important to you?
Everyone has a need to feel respected; this includes the need to have self-esteem and self-respect. Esteem is the typical human desire to be accepted and valued by others. People often engage in a profession or hobby to gain recognition, respect and esteem.
Maslow states that while he originally thought the needs of humans had strict guidelines, the “hierarchies are interrelated and not sharply separated”. This means that esteem and the next levels are not strictly separated; instead, the levels are closely related.
“What a man can be, he must be.” This quotation forms the basis of the perceived need for self-actualization. This level of need refers to what a person’s full potential is and the realization of that potential.
Depending on where you are in life and whether or not your basic needs are being met or not, drives what is important to you. If you have no food or water, making your next car payment or buying designer clothes are not important at all.
If your base needs are met then we look for safety and then belonging. So you see it partly depends on where you are in your life about how the question gets answered. What is important to you?
Share a thought or two with us in the comments below. Share with your friends and see what is important to them.