In 1943 Abraham Maslow published a paper titled ‘A Theory of Human Motivation’, it is still used as a foundation paper in professional training across most areas of the caring professions.
Over the next few days I’m going to explore aspects of Maslow’s Hierarchy, I hope you’ll enjoy this journey with me.

We hear a lot about motivation and goal setting these days, so much so that it just turns some people off. However, if you drop the jargon and look at what motivates human beings it all falls into context.

Maslow’s first level is about getting our basic physiological needs met. Without these basics we would not survive, breath, food and water, sleep, sex, equilibrium, [socially, psychologically and physically], and excretion, we don’t talk much about that, but it has to happen! And just as we clear the waste out of our bodies everyday, we should regularly clear baggage out of other areas of our lives. More on that another time.

Do you need to be motivated to meet these physiological needs? Well, just try doing without some of these things and then tell me whether or not you are motivated.
What do you do if you are hungry?
What do you do if the room is stuffy?
What do you do when you are thirsty?

So, you are motivated to meet your physiological needs.

Tomorrow, we’ll go a little further and look at safety and security, for now, think about how you are using your motivation, when you are motivated to eat, are you motivated to treat your body with respect and eat fresh healthy food or are you motivated to give it a quick junk food fix. People use motivation in many different ways, you can use it to achieve your highest potential or you can use it to get short term comfort with no long term gain.

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