The path to personal fulfillment is often revealed when you give yourself permission to know your own heart and be yourself. However, the road to full self-expression is fraught with potential road blocks. As much you may crave a sense of self-authority, such achievement often gives voice to a series of fears about what will happen to you if you heed our inner guidance.
- Loss of love
- Loss of security
- Loss of income
- Loss of face
Maslow's hierarchy of needs says that first and foremost, and before self-actualization, we must tend to our basic needs, our physiological needs and safety needs, followed by social and esteem. Yet, as I observe my own experience, and that of the many people in my life (friends and clients), the very act of pursuing "self-actualization" seems to threaten all our elementary needs.
Today, in place of a full post, I offer you a 3.5 minute video short, The Challenge of Being Yourself. It's not polished, not rehearsed and the quality kind of sucks, but it is from my heart. I hope you enjoy it.