6 Basic Human Needs

6 Basic Human Needs

According to Tony Robbins, we human beings have six basic needs in order to survive in this world. How happy are you in these areas?

1) Certainty: All human beings crave a certain level of safety, assurance and predictability in our lives, for this is the foundation of our most basic behaviour: survival. Long-term uncertainty can be rather trying…

2) Variety: We all need a change of scenery every now and then, watch a new movie, travel to a new country. Too much uncertainty generates fear, while not enough causes boredom.

Find a balance between certainty and variety that suits you.

3) Significance: We all need to feel important, unique, and special. That feeling of not mattering to anyone can be very damaging.

4) Connection: Relationships are an extremely important part of our lives, whether they are intimate, family, friends or business colleagues. However if we’re too busy being significant in this world, we may forget who our greatest supporters are.

Find a balance between significance and connection that suits your situation.

5) Growth: Tony suggests that everything is either growing or dying; one or the other. In order to stay in the growing stage we need something to strive for, a goal, something that’ll challenge us to grow and take our lives to the next level. All too often I’ve witnessed people retiring and dying not long afterwards – they lost their purpose.

6) Contribution: This can be summed up as giving back in some way, shape or form.

Martial Arts are such a good way to satisfy all of the basic human needs. Certainty comes from learning and knowing, variety comes from the teacher, classes and the students you train with, significance comes with learning, understanding, and grading. Connection (in some way, shape or form) is the brother / sisterhood you gain from class, growth is your continued advancement, learning and refining, and contribution comes with sharing what you’ve learned and teaching others.

About Stu Dunn

With a background in sales and behavioural science, I enjoy learning more about people, behaviour, psychology - which led into motivation - and more recently - sales again. Having started my own real estate company with my wife, it's time to merge interests.
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