It's often depicted in this pyramidal form:
Before you can achieve your all of your goals, it is important to know that your goals have a sense of order: that some things must come before others can really take shape. Our motivations tend to start at the most urgent of levels: the physiological / biological. If our sleep, food, basic shelter, sexuality, health, are in question or unsupported, other goals are going to be hard or even impossible to reach. At the base of the needs is our biological security and basic needs.
Maslow's hierarchy goes as follows, from the most basic, to the highest level:
1. Biological / Physiological needs
2. Safety needs
3. Love / belonging needs
4. Esteem needs
While Maslow's hierarchy is one of many possible ways of looking at your needs, you can quickly refer to it to get a snap shot of your needs in a clearer order. It can help focus your attention on where you may be need to be spending more energy in order to secure yourself before you run into the next level. It can help you ask the questions necessary to get an overall sense of the picture of your life right now and where you want to aim your energy as you are building upwards.
So, if your life seems to have fallen apart or lost, this pyramid can be a powerful and effective tool to use, right now. Just as the pyramid needs a strong and wide foundation to build upon, so do you. Have a look at the levels of the pyramid and do a quick assessment with the question to guide you "How is my life right now with this pyramid in mind?" Have a look at the pyramid image above and reflect on each level in your life right now. What is satisfied? What needs attention? What routines do you want to put in place to ensure that your needs are met, and in what order do you need to go about doing that to best fit your life situation and needs right now?
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