Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs Says It is Impossible–I Disagree!


According to Maslow’s theory regarding human needs and self-actualization, a person who is struggling to survive with issues as basic as food insecurity, housing, employment, etcetera it is impossible to dream or cast and pursue a vision. This is my perspective but it is based on his theory of hierarchy of needs, which is very valid.

It is indeed hard to work on education and self-growth or self-actualization when you don’t know what tomorrow looks like–or even today.

But with God, all things are possible.

What may seem impossible may not be–in fact, it may be your saving grace, your focus, your heart’s desire. It may what brings you hope and peace.

If we wait until the perfect days to come we will forever be at the bus stop of life, never boarding and always waiting.

I write with authority on this subject. Not because I have studied–which I have, but because I am presently living it. I am on a faith walk. I am going where I have never been, trusting that the One who leads will be my security when nothing else seems stable.

My walk would appear precarious to many. But God knows. And some of my greatest joys in these days have to do with pursuing dreams and assisting others to launch, keep going, or redirect their quest.

According to Maslow, pursuing dreams when the foundational needs of a person are barely met would be impossible.

But with God all things are possible.

Even with a busy work and home life most of us can squeeze out an hour or two a week to work at our dreams. Don’t wait until times are perfect–or until everything is stable as far as financial security, relationships, etcetera. You are allowed to dream and take steps forward especially when life is uncertain or difficult. It may be the very thing to keep you moving forward through difficult and transitional times.

Dare to dream!


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