Self-actualization is a term used to describe the highest level of psychological development a person can attain—our “fullest potential.” The term was coined by theorist Kurt Goldstein, though used extensively by humanistic psychologists Carl Rogers and Abraham Maslow. It captures the idea that with the availability of the right resources, circumstances, and introspection, we can tap fully into our mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual capacities, living as our “true selves.” Strategies for attaining self-actualization differ, but most are flexible to accommodate a range of philosophical and religious worldviews.

10 Life Lessons You Should Unlearn

In the past 10 years, I've realized that our culture is rife with ideas that actually inhibit joy. Here are some of the things I'm most grateful to have unlearned:

Elena Brower on Believing in Yourself

Elena Brower explains how giving back and meditation can help you believe in yourself.

Brendon Burchard's Four Cornerstones of Achievement

People always ask Brendon, "How do you know if someone is going to succeed? Are there components to achievement that you're looking for? How do you know if you're going to do a good job, if real achievement is going to happen and if someone's going to get progress towards something?"

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Tony Robbins’ Ultimate Guide to Your Best Year Ever

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How to Raise Children to Become Self-Actualized People

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Becoming the Person You Were Meant to Be: Where to Start

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Maslow: The 12 Characteristics of a Self-Actualized Person

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Much like the problematic nature of building a home on a flimsy foundation, so is the challenge of going into the world and creating relationships with neglect for a positive relationship with yourself.