What are your very basic needs and how it will affect into reaching success?

Maslow’s hierarchy is a pyramid with the largest, most fundamental needs at the bottom and the need for self-actualization and self-transcendence at the top. Each level will add more demanding requirements for motivation.


In the above picture basic needs like food, water and shelter are in bottom. Then there comes safety like financial independence and good health. Third level is connections to other people, giving and getting love. After these basic needs are fulfilled we may start thinking more, our status in society and so on. Highest level is self-actualization which means you start looking outside of basics, maybe want to have children or go more religious ways. Later Maslow added another dimension which starts after all basic needs are fulfilled. We may want to achieve something inside ourselves, spirituality or challenging ourselves by climbing a mountain.


The human brain is a complex system and has parallel processes running at the same time. Many different motivations from various levels of Maslow's hierarchy can occur at the same time.  Different levels of motivation could occur at any time in the human mind. Maslow  focused on identifying the basic types of motivation in his theory.


Below picture gives you an example how to find your motivation level by using Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. You can also think about your team, how people can be more motivated or what you need to take into account in management.

Be inspired by researchers

One inspiring person I got to know during my trip to Australia was Michelle Simmons. She’s quantum physics professor who has been previously selected Australian of the year. Her thinking about ways to keep motivated, be interested about finding new ways and changing existing is amazing.

Set your goals to success

Locke’s goal setting theory emphasizes that setting specific, challenging performance goals and the commitment to these goals are key determinants of motivation. It highly relies on expectation that all our actions are somehow related what we will reach at the end.


Below picture illustrates different factors in this theory.

Goals describe a desired future, and these established goals can drive the behavior. They all need to be well defined and specific, difficult enough to encourage person for reaching the goal, winning himself. A good goal is also measurable, assigned to specific person, based on time and accepted by the one who will work on it.


Achieving the goals, the goal accomplishment further motivates individuals to perform. Also during the performance a good goal can set direction and give energizing factor to reach the goal. Feedback during the performance and at the end will help not only at the moment, but also in later tasks.


Below picture is an example how to get better results by relying on Locke’s goal setting theory.

Prepare for changes!

Any kind of change needs preparations. If you really make a decision to quit, move to another location, divorce, any else, it takes time to prepare. There are ways to make good plans or change immediately, but most likely it will take time also mentally to come up with a solution.


Steps for change making:

1.       First step is to mentally think yourself in new situation,

2.       Second step is to make the decision and

3.       Third step is to actually do the change, well prepared.


Once you go with these steps, it will be easier to make changes. Below picture gives you some inspiration and framework for preparing for changes.