Last week we started a journey together through Maslow’s 8-Ways to Self-Actualize with my supplemented editorial and action steps to help you actually actualize Maslow’s principles.
We traversed through the first 4-steps so far. Many of your realizations and mental breakthroughs mentioned in the comments were very inspiring. Just reading them made me want to step up my game last week. Thank you!
This week we will complete the journey with steps 5 – 8. Imagine this as your climb of Mount Everest (the peak of your potential) and you have made it all the way to Camp IV (you’ve mastered Maslow’s steps 1 – 4). Now you have what is called “The Final Push” left to go to “summit” the mountain. Well, Maslow’s steps 5 – 8 are your Final Push. Let’s go!
5. Listen to your own tastes. Be prepared to be unpopular.
This one comes naturally to me. I am an anti-conformist by nature. I recommend it to you as well. One of the greatest strengths of leadership is the willingness to do what is unpopular. (Read: The Unpopular View of Leadership)
Don’t follow the herd. Don’t do what’s fashionable, trendy or popular. What’s popular is what’s common. Do what’s common and you will get common results (aka mediocrity). You are looking for uncommon outcomes, extraordinary achievements.
To do this you will have to do what Jim Rohn talked to us about—walk away from the 97%.
Don’t use their vocabulary and don’t use their excuses. Don’t use their method of drift and neglect. Walk away and join the 3%. Take charge of your own life.
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