Survive or Thrive?

Thrive

We all have desires, dreams, hopes or wishes.  Do you know yours?  We need to satisfy three levels:

  • Needs to survive. This includes food, clothing, shelter and transportation.
  • Needs to thrive. This is the part about knowing yourself deeply, the things that need to be in place to live to your purpose and potential.  I would add belonging and love to this list.  The key word is need.
  • Other wants. This is everything else and includes “stuff” like material possessions, promotions and experiences.

Going deeper on the need to thrive, I want to offer “heart, mind, body and soul” as a context.  Said differently, what are your emotional, intellectual, physical and spiritual needs?  We each have a unique mix of needs to satisfy to thrive.

Here are some examples:

  • Heart. Being in a relationship and knowing that you are loved for who you are.  Having an emotional connection with a friend or person in need.  Feeling empathy and compassion.
  • Mind. Learning something new.  Goal setting and accomplishment.  Solving problems for yourself or others.
  • Body. Taking care of yourself to avoid illness or eating well to maintain high energy.
  • Soul. Having a relationship with God.  Having some personal time to enjoy what you love without the demands of daily life.  Silence and time to reflect.

Don’t just fill up your time with activities; learn to thrive.  Take a few minutes and capture your needs to thrive on paper.  When you truly understand them, set goals and act to achieve them.

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