“We fear our highest possibilities. We are generally afraid to become that which we can glimpse in our most perfect moments, under conditions of great courage. We enjoy and even thrill to godlike possibilities we see in ourselves in such peak moments. And yet we simultaneously shiver with weakness, awe, and fear before these very same possibilities.”
Self actualization – noun – the realization or fulfillment of one’s talents and potentialities, especially considered as a drive or need present in everyone.
Maslow’s pyramid illustrates what is needed to become self-actualized. The realization and fulfillment of potential and talent is what everyone is looking to accomplish. Beyond the basic needs of water, shelter, and food lies health.
Health is overlooked in America. We are given the freedom and opportunities to pursue mostly anything we choose. But as a whole, we don’t choose health. It’s a shame. Physically training the body serves as a catalyst to self-actualization. It improves health, confidence, and self-esteem while also gaining the respect of others. If open to the possibilities, you can connect with others in the physical training realm (in whatever you choose).
While not all layers of the pyramid can be remedied by physical training, it lays the foundation for a lot of areas. Whatever your calling is, develop a habit of physical training. If there is no one to support you, tough. Find new friends who support your path towards self-actualization. You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with. Choose these people wisely as they will either add value or take from your life.