For a human, what could be more important than self-actualization? Discovering our purpose and meeting our own potential can occupy a lot of real estate in our minds, but that doesn’t make it an easy thing to accomplish. According to psychologist Dan McAdams (2013), while it may not be as easy as a simple infographic would imply, there are really only a few steps to reaching our own potential.
First, we have to learn communication and social behavior. Next, we have to develop goals and a sense of purpose. Finally, we digest our life experiences into a narrative, develop a plot that leads to our idealized life, and take action to move the plot forward.
If you’re lucky enough to be on the path to self-actualization, all that’s left is to help others do the same!