The basis of Maslow’s motivation theory is that human beings are motivated by unsatisfied needs, and that certain lower factors need to be satisfied before higher needs can be satisfied. According to Maslow, there are general types of needs (physiological, survival, safety, love, and esteem) that must be satisfied before a person can act unselfishly. He called these needs “deficiency needs.” As long as we are motivated to satisfy these cravings, we are moving towards growth, toward self-actualization.
Examine where you are on the scale to determine what needs will help you achieve personal growth. To motivate yourself, it is important to work to satisfy your inner needs. What is holding you back from achieving self-actualization?