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Approved 27 September, 2020 @ 6:26pm by Jan Viljoen (version: 12)

Self-actualization

Self-actualization TriadSelf-actualization is a term that describe or indicate an individual's optimal self-development and growth, which represent an efficient and a productive self-creation, establishing and sustaining of a personal umwelt, which is sourcing from his/her passion and driven or directed by an individual's self-determination, as mainly achieved by means of accelerated learning. When this IS NOT the case… then the individual is not actualizing his/her potential… period!

Unfortunately, plenty of people - most of the time - merely loosely regard self-actualization as some kind of a statistical average educational program or training process, without any actual meaningplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigThus, being contextually individualized and customized to address and accommodate individual needs and requirements. and/or purpose for an individual's self-actualization  quest in life.

The implication of this collective society perspective regarding individual self-actualization, merely reduce self-actualization to following a predefined curriculum “scientifically” proven to “self-actualize” all individuals that can be classified as “normal” and the rest are either medicated to act “normal”, send for “designer therapies or training” in an attempt to restore “normality” or being categorized as “just able to only…”.

Sadly though, when self-actualization disregards the unity context of the human life cycle and various dimensions of being human, self-actualization essentially becomes something that implies 'all people are the same' and merely accommodate some individual differences in terms of 'some people are the same'. The all important key and essential aspect of authentic self-actualization… 'no two individuals are alike' and self-determination, are grossly neglected when educating and/or training individuals, while paying lip service to individual-specific self-actualization.

However - in essence - self-actualization is the exclusive responsibility of each and every individualplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigBecause self-actualization differs in unique and special ways from one individual to the next, which implies that no one can initiate and sustain self-actualization on behalf of another. and modern society's educators and trainersplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigFor example: Parents, Teachers, Lecturers, Managers, Supervisors, Facilitators, Life- and Career coaches, ...etc. are only accountable in the sense of providing the necessary resources, facilities, guidance and opportunities that an individual could or might employ to determine, establish and follow a self-actualizing life and future career path.

Self-actualization is the sole responsibility of each individual, not his/her parents, the school nor any institution for that matter. The community can only provide possible opportunities and accompanied assistance that an individual might select to use for optimal self-development and -growth based on a personalized and customized accelerated learning strategy.

Therefore in an AltanaESP Network of Services context, self-actualization primarily implies a focus - as required and needed - mainly on the following four aspects…

  1. Gaining self-knowledge, understanding and insight (i.e. self-awareness).
  2. Obtain career knowledge and conduct job demarcations (i.e. habitat-awareness).
  3. Integrate and prioritize self- and career knowledge to identify the steps needed to obtain particular objectives in order to achieve a specific goal (i.e. optimal symbiotic-awareness between personal and professional life).
  4. Facilitation, guidance and coaching to either limiting and/or avoiding the treacherous pitfalls of the dark side of self-actualization.

providing that an individual really wants to follow a self-actualizing path in life, pursue a dream career of his/her preference and obtain authentic {self-determination that is focused on and geared for the current rising emotions economy and the present AI-accelerated job competitiveness.

However, when an individual just strives to earn money in an honest and societal acceptable manner, modern day self-actualizationplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigAn unfortunate collective and typical idea, view or perspective currently held by the majority of people in any society, which in essence only translates as a way to earn an income, to put bread on the table and consume the many materialistic luxuries currently available. is fairly simple… just obtain recent job and salary statistics, determine the best paying job with affordable training and for the rest… just go where the money is!

But when you - as an individual - are genuinely serious to actually confront the many changes and plenty of challenges of today's society and the modern workplace successfully - and with the necessary confidence and poise - you should dedicate your time and effort - even money - to at least start dealing with the following ToDo-list  as early in life as possible.

Self-actualization is key and essential to survive and prosper in a current and future place of work.

1. Archetype

Key for gaining self-knowledge, understanding and insight make use of a SWOT-analysis to do so.

1.1 Profiles

Understand what makes you tick, why you either like or dislike to take certain actions or participate in specific activities and what to embrace, be cautious of or avoid altogether in life.

1.1.1 Personal

Our personal archetype, is our “defaultplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigA combination of characteristics and traits that "spontaneously" bubble to the surface, when dealing with life's pressures and challenges, especially when confused, frustrated, under pressure and experiencing "above-average" stressful situations. container” which we often find - in general - to be the most comfortable and preferred personality characteristics, attributes and traits combination that allow us to navigate life's many challenges and demands fairly successfully. Our Personal Archetype consists of the following focal points…

  • Strengths: The characteristics, attributes and traits that enrich and nourish our optimal self-actualization.
  • Weaknesses: The characteristics, attributes and traits that are toxic and harmful for our optimal self-actualization.
  • Syncing Strengths & Weaknesses: Please bear in mind that both strengths and weaknesses are often different sides of the same self-development-and-growth coin, and the one cannot be, without the counter balance of the other. Therefore, strengths needs to be nourished and weaknesses managed to regain and sustain a personal equilibrium in order to to avoid - or at the very least limit - derailments and stagnation's. Because… in our attempts to get rid of a weakness - more often than not - also diminish the effectiveness of the accompanied strength as well.
  • Success: The different aspects that will allow us to experience and feel successful in life.
  • Traps & Barriers: The actions, behaviors, perspectives, beliefs and attitudes that prevent us from becoming all that we can be as a unique and not-repeatable person.
  • Emotions: The many feeling-challenges that we have to deal with in order to establish and sustain a viable emotional maturity operational level.
  • Temperament: The characteristic and attribute combination liable for being the unique individual that we currently are.
  • Traits: The way or manner in which we normally do things and the foundation of specialist knowledge.

1.1.2 Professional

Selection, application and manifestation of the “default containerplugin-autotooltip__smallI.e. personal archetype and profile.” in a professional context and main focus of establishing, developing and sustaining specialist knowledge (i.e. to excel professionally).

  • Strengths: Supportive to specialist knowledge and need to be nourished in order to excel in one's selected career path.
  • Weaknesses: The many little jackals of life that subtly undermines the fruition of specialist knowledge.
  • Opportunities: Identify or determine jobs, situations, events and circumstances that are most likely to enrich and provide specialist knowledge experiences. The foundation of one's professional portfolio .
  • Threats: Can be regarded as the opposite of opportunities… identify or determine jobs, situations, events and circumstances that will either largely diminish or prevent the optimal acquisition of specialist knowledge.

1.2 Self-actualization Keys

How to tick more efficiently and what will prevent you from ticking productively

  • Growth Focus: Basic aspects (i.e. minimum standards) that should be accommodated and build on to sustain present accomplishments, promote, encourage and enrich future development and growth.
  • Principles: How to guidelines for nourishing optimal self-actualization.
  • Balance: Tweak, establish and sustain an equilibrium between strengths/weaknesses and opportunities/threats, relevant for both one's personal and professional profile. And remember the one's presence depends on the other.
  • Derailers: Harmful aspects that is toxic for optimal self-actualization and frequently results in cognitive dissonance, the main source of the Newton's Cradle Trap.
  • Strategies: Guidelines to limit and/or prevent a life cluttered with or characterized by future shock.

1.3 Career Path

Principles and opportunities which could allow for the manifestation of personal dreams, aspirations and future expectations.

  • Virtues: Essential characteristics and traits that would ensure that one's dream career remains targeted and on track, by applying the power of now and seizing the moment.
  • Jobs: Demarcation of various - but related - opportunities supportive to following one's dream career.

1.4 Interactions

Understand and gain insight in ones contextualized dealing with other people.

  • Friendships: Natural inclination when dealing with family, friends and preferred informal/social encounters.
  • Professionally: Preferred and most comfortable manner when dealing with others in a place of work and other formal encounters. This behavioral tendency …as an employee, as a colleague and as a manager.
  • Romantic: Dealing with and interacting with that special someone in your life.
  • Parental: Inclination to raise and educate children of your own.

1.5 Communications

Self-expressionplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigThe way or manner in which we express our feelings, thoughts, opinions, views or ideas to other people during conversations and/or discussions. directives, and what might promote  and what might bamboozleplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigI.e. boost misunderstanding, fuel destructive conflicts which often result in personal attacks. healthy communication with others.

  • Skills: To efficiently “transmit” your ideas, opinions and beliefs to others.
  • Strategies: When followed could allow for clear “transmission” channels.
  • Supportive to: Aspects that could promote and enhance clear “transmissions
  • Hindrance to: Aspects that often harm or destroy effective and productive communications.

1.6 GPS-guidelines

GPS-guidelines determine minimum standards for the sustaining of a healthy and balanced self-actualization under different circumstances.

  • Personal: Becoming and being the best that one can be.
  • Learning: Efficiency in collecting, digesting and applying information, which serves as the platform for productive troubleshooting and problem solving.
  • Professional: Directives to excel in one's career path of choice.
  • Interactions: Dealing efficiently with others to promote a harmonious environmental fit.

2. Habitat

Key to identify and determine a career, obtain the necessary knowledge and conducting job demarcations.

2.1 Social

The Helpers habitat which is primarily concentrated around dealing and working with people

  1. Social workplace profile in terms of…
    • Values desired for efficient achievements.
    • Preferences required for productive actions and involvement.
    • Skills needed for best results.
    • Traits vital for optimal performance.
  2. Key helper workplace focus and operational principles.
  3. Career clusters that contains social habitats.
  4. Job opportunities mainly furnishing a helpers habitat.

2.2 Enterprising

The Persuaders habitat which is primarily concentrated around persuading others and idea or point of view presentations

  1. Enterprising workplace profile in terms of…
    • Values desired for efficient achievements.
    • Preferences required for productive actions and involvement.
    • Skills needed for best results.
    • Traits vital for optimal performance.
  2. Key persuader workplace focus and operational principles.
  3. Career clusters that contains enterprising habitats.
  4. Job opportunities mainly furnishing a persuader habitat.

2.3 Creative

The Creators habitat which is primarily concentrated around improvising and innovation as source for troubleshooting and problem solving

  1. Creative workplace profile in terms of…
    • Values desired for efficient achievements.
    • Preferences required for productive actions and involvement.
    • Skills needed for best results.
    • Traits vital for optimal performance.
  2. Key creator workplace focus and operational principles.
  3. Career clusters that contains creative habitats.
  4. Job opportunities mainly furnishing a creator habitat.

2.4 Investigative

The Thinkers habitat which is primarily concentrated around exploring, researching, collecting data and digesting information

  1. Investigative workplace profile in terms of…
    • Values desired for efficient achievements.
    • Preferences required for productive actions and involvement.
    • Skills needed for best results.
    • Traits vital for optimal performance.
  2. Key thinker workplace focus and operational principles.
  3. Career clusters that contains investigative habitats.
  4. Job opportunities mainly furnishing a thinker habitat.

2.5 Methodical

The Organizers habitat which is primarily concentrated around routine, mundane tasks, keeping things organized and systematic retrieval processes

  1. Methodical workplace profile in terms of…
    • Values desired for efficient achievements.
    • Preferences required for productive actions and involvement.
    • Skills needed for best results.
    • Traits vital for optimal performance.
  2. Key organizer workplace focus and operational principles.
  3. Career clusters that contains methodical habitats.
  4. Job opportunities mainly furnishing a organizer habitat.

2.6 Realistic

The Doers habitat which is primarily concentrated around practical implementation and outcome/result objectives or goals oriented

  1. Realistic workplace profile in terms of…
    • Values desired for efficient achievements.
    • Preferences required for productive actions and involvement.
    • Skills needed for best results.
    • Traits vital for optimal performance.
  2. Key doer workplace focus and operational principles.
  3. Career clusters that contains realistic habitats.
  4. Job opportunities mainly furnishing a doer habitat.

3. Habitat Structuring

Continuous and frequent integration and prioritizing - to incorporate personal development and growth - of self- and career knowledge to determine evolving next steps by means of reverse engineer mapping to sustain at least a 70+ contextual self-actualizing personal and professional path in life.

3.1 Social Spotlight

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  • Creativeplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigImprovising and innovation as source for troubleshooting and problem solving. with reference to available social-creative career clusters and helper-creator jobs opportunities,
  • Investigativeplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigExploring, researching and collecting data and digesting information. with reference to available social-investigative career clusters and helper-thinker jobs opportunities,
  • Methodicalplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigRoutine, mundane tasks, keeping things organized and systematic retrieval processes. with reference to available social-methodical career clusters and helper-organizer jobs opportunities or
  • Realisticplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigPractical implementation and outcome/result objectives or goals oriented. with reference to available social-realistic career clusters and helper-doer jobs opportunities.

3.2 Enterprising Spotlight

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  • Socialplugin-autotooltip__smallDealing and working with people. with reference to available enterprising-social career clusters and persuader-helper jobs opportunities,
  • Creativeplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigImprovising and innovation as source for troubleshooting and problem solving. with reference to available enterprising-creative career clusters and persuader-creator jobs opportunities,
  • Investigativeplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigExploring, researching and collecting data and digesting information. with reference to available enterprising-investigative career clusters and persuader-thinker jobs opportunities,
  • Methodicalplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigRoutine, mundane tasks, keeping things organized and systematic retrieval processes. with reference to available enterprising-methodical career clusters and persuader-organizer jobs opportunities or
  • Realisticplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigPractical implementation and outcome/result objectives or goals oriented. with reference to available enterprising-realistic career clusters and persuader-doer jobs opportunities.

3.3 Creative Spotlight

Key focus is Creatorplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigImprovising and innovation as source for troubleshooting and problem solving. that is strongly supported by either

  • Socialplugin-autotooltip__smallDealing and working with people. with reference to available creative-social career clusters and creator-helper jobs opportunities,
  • Enterprisingplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigPersuading others and idea or point of view presentations. with reference to available creative-enterprising career clusters and creator-persuader jobs opportunities,
  • Investigativeplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigExploring, researching and collecting data and digesting information. with reference to available creative-investigative career clusters and creator-thinker jobs opportunities,
  • Methodicalplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigRoutine, mundane tasks, keeping things organized and systematic retrieval processes. with reference to available creative-methodical career clusters and creator-organizer jobs opportunities or
  • Realisticplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigPractical implementation and outcome/result objectives or goals oriented. with reference to available creative-realistic career clusters and creator-doer jobs opportunities.

3.4 Investigative Spotlight

Key focus is Thinkerplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigExploring, researching and collecting data and digesting information. that is strongly supported by either

  • Socialplugin-autotooltip__smallDealing and working with people. with reference to available investigative-social career clusters and thinker-helper jobs opportunities,
  • Enterprisingplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigPersuading others and idea or point of view presentations. with reference to available investigative-enterprising career clusters and thinker-persuader jobs opportunities,
  • Creativeplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigImprovising and innovation as source for troubleshooting and problem solving. with reference to available investigative-creative career clusters and thinker-creator jobs opportunities,
  • Methodicalplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigRoutine, mundane tasks, keeping things organized and systematic retrieval processes. with reference to available investigative-methodical career clusters and thinker-organizer jobs opportunities or
  • Realisticplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigPractical implementation and outcome/result objectives or goals oriented. with reference to available investigative-realistic career clusters and thinker-doer jobs opportunities.

3.5 Methodical Spotlight

Key focus is Organiserplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigRoutine, mundane tasks, keeping things organized and systematic retrieval processes. that is strongly supported by either

  • Socialplugin-autotooltip__smallDealing and working with people. with reference to available methodical-social career clusters and organiser-helper jobs opportunities,
  • Enterprisingplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigPersuading others and idea or point of view presentations. with reference to available methodical-enterprising career clusters and organizer-persuader jobs opportunities,
  • Creativeplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigImprovising and innovation as source for troubleshooting and problem solving. with reference to available methodical-creative career clusters and organizer-creator jobs opportunities,
  • Investigativeplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigExploring, researching and collecting data and digesting information. with reference to available methodical-investigative career clusters and organizer-thinker jobs opportunities or
  • Realisticplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigPractical implementation and outcome/result objectives or goals oriented. with reference to available methodical-realistic career clusters and organizer-doer jobs opportunities.

3.6 Realistic Spotlight

Key focus is Doerplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigPractical implementation and outcome/result objectives or goals oriented. that is strongly supported by either

  • Socialplugin-autotooltip__smallDealing and working with people. with reference to available realistic-social career clusters and doer-helper jobs opportunities,
  • Enterprisingplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigPersuading others and idea or point of view presentations. with reference to available realistic-enterprising career clusters and doer-persuader jobs opportunities,
  • Creativeplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigImprovising and innovation as source for troubleshooting and problem solving. with reference to available realistic-creative career clusters and doer-creator jobs opportunities,
  • Investigativeplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigExploring, researching and collecting data and digesting information. with reference to available realistic-investigative career clusters and doer-thinker jobs opportunities or
  • Methodicalplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigRoutine, mundane tasks, keeping things organized and systematic retrieval processes. with reference to available realistic-methodical career clusters and doer-organizer jobs opportunities.