Mazlows theory of self-actualization is based on the theory that in order for us to be truly happy, we must develop our potential to its fullest.
Based on this theory, our ultimate goal in life, in order to achieve happiness and fulfillment, we should aspire to reach our potential beyond all else.
So, why is it that some are able to reach their level of potential, and others never seem to be able to?
There are a litany of psychological reasons that are used to explain this, but, I prefer to view potential as a relative of vision. Potential is often described as the ability to be or do something in the future. Much like vision, we must be able to “SEE” what that is, so we have a direction, a driving force to work towards. Without a direction, and commitment to achieving it, there is no motivation or accomplishment to work toward.
Having the ability to understand who we are at our core, and what we truly want for our life, is essential to developing our potential. The inner work that we do to release our limiting beliefs about what we are capable of, can be the difference between good enough and high achievement.
Personal development is an important factor in deciphering what that looks like for you.