The pioneering psychologist had plenty say about your MMW
Years ago the psychologist Dr. Abraham Maslow established a hierarchy of needs model that placed survival (physiologic needs) on the bottom of the 5-level pyramid with safety, esteem, love and belonging forming the middle layers with self-actualization capping the top.
Without engaging in your MMW, I maintain that you will never achieve this highest level of human achievement and, therefore, never experience True Independence (TI).
Here are some important definitions to keep in mind: I find that they correlate well to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs classification.
In the list below, my terms -in bold text- are followed by Dr. Maslow’s classifications in italics:
- Work – those activities that enable us to meet basic needs related to physiologic survival and safety
- Meaningful Work – activities that tap our natural strengths and talents and allow us to meet the higher level needs of esteem, love and belonging
- Most Meaningful Work – work that magnifies our ability to meet and exceed lower and higher level needs but also allows us to achieve the highest human need, self-actualization
I later added two additional types of work:
- Toxic Work – that work that detracts from our happiness because it interferes with our abilities to meet the higher needs of esteem, love and belonging
- Deepest Work – repetitive contributions to the world that are only made possible by engaging our MMW, leading us to prolonged periods of self-actualization
If you read nothing else, read this:
Point 1: Knowing your MMW can change your entire life
If you don’t enjoy the work you’re currently doing, your current work isn’t your MMW.
My free eBook, Your Most Meaningful Work: What It Is, Why It’s Important & How To Find It, will help you uncover this critical part of your identity.
By doing the work now to uncover your MMW, you can change your work experience and your life forever.
Point 2: Your MMW is determined by your DNA…it’s hard-wired into your very being
Finding it is critical and my ebook can show you the path. Ask yourself the following questions:
- Does your current work allow you to express who you are?
- Does it feed your soul the way oxygen feeds your lungs?
- Does it touch on those visceral needs to make a contribution to others?
If not, then it’s not your MMW.
When I discovered my MMW, I also discovered a sense of mission that not only reignited my relationship with work in general, but over time led me to a significant career change that was aligned with my values.
Point 3: Combining mindfulness with your MMW can ignite your passion for work
Mindfulness practices, such as periodic self-check-ins and a regular meditation practice, have been studied for decades and proven to enhance clarity, boost emotional states, improve concentration, and actually improve neural pathways in the brain.
It’s a powerful strategy that has helped millions of corporate employees develop the inner strength they need to sustain their careers without suffering burnout. With regular practice, mindfulness activities begin to create an inner reserve of calm instead of worry, clarity instead of confusion, patience instead of reactivity, and peace instead of chaos.
Resources to help you
When you fill out the brief form below, I’ll send you two free ebooks:
- My ebook, Your Most Meaningful Work: What It Is, Why It’s Important & How To Find It, will teach you how to discover your MMW and how to engage it
- My practice guide, The Path of the Mindful Warrior. It’s the perfect way to learn more about mindfulness and begin your journey to a better you