Meet Your Basic Needs First: Habit of the Day

Some people are surprised to see that our most popular habits are pretty basic: Drink more waterFloss and Sleep by Midnight.

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Basic human needs top Lift’s popular habits list

It’s a humbling to realize that we all struggle with these simple habits, but it also begs the question: why are they on the top of our to do lists?

Meeting basic needs unlocks your potential to achieve higher level goals.

Psychologist Abraham Maslow offered an explanation of human motivation with his Hierarchy of Needs theory.

imageMaslow suggested that human needs have natural rankings. We’re instinctively motivated to achieve our most basic needs first. Once you’ve met your basic needs, you move on to strive for higher level goals.

“[When basic needs are satisfied]…at once other (and ‘higher’) needs emerge… and when these in turn are satisfied, again new (and still ‘higher’) needs emerge and so on.”(Maslow 1943)

We saw Maslow’s theory at work in one of our first success stories.Robin started using Lift to reach his goal of losing weight. After losing 3Kg, he was inspired to work toward a higher level goal of learning a new language, Vietnamese.

How to apply Maslow’s Hierarchy to your personal development:

Right now: Take 5 minutes to write down goals you want to achieve in the next few months. Order them according to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.

Then: Start building these habits, starting with the most basic needs first (and use Lift!).

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