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The 6 Human Needs

Jan 11, 2021
 

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Summary:  

  • The 6 universal human needs as told by Tony Robbins
  • States of disempowerment, neutrality, and empowerment
  • Discovering your highest valued pair
  • Two most common needs that stifle sustainable happiness
  • The cost and benefit of change
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Welcome to The Path To Mindset Mastery! My name is Brad Bizjack! I’m a mindset strategist and coach, inspirational speaker, and creator of Appreciation Academy. I help people to elevate their relationships, career, and mindset to the next level.

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Is there something you do regularly which you don't like?
Do you often question why you continue to do it?

Are there behaviors you do regularly that you DO like? Why do you do those things?

In today's lesson, I will be talking about "The 6 Human Needs," by Tony Robbins, which summarises the 6 reasons why we do the things that we do.

The 6 Human Needs by Tony Robbins

The 6 Human needs are needs which we make NO conscious effort to meet - we FIND a way to meet them.

1. Need For Certainty
The way we go about meeting certainty is different for everyone. When we don't feel like our need for certainty is met, we feel scared or threatened and might engage in disempowering ways to feel certain e.g. procrastinating (avoiding pain,) binge-eating (gaining pleasure.) However, there are many empowering ways to feel certainty in the moment e.g. praying, practicing gratitude, having faith something will work out that we can choose.

2. A Need For Uncertainty
This is the need for variety and new stimuli, this can be fulfilled by a change of activity or environment. Everyone needs uncertainty in different ways.

Disempowering Uncertainty Examples = affairs, drugs, gambling.
Empowering Uncertainty Examples = exploring a new place, starting a new business, trying a new hobby.

3. Significance
The most common way people meet this need is by having significant problems. The biggest addiction in our lives is not drugs and alcohol but PROBLEMS! Having problems means you are able to connect with others, receive sympathy, feel important or different, thus meeting your need for significance easily.


Disempowering Significance Examples = problems.
Empowering Significance Examples = giving money to charity, helping someone in need, telling a spouse how much you love them.

4. Love and Connection
A strong feeling of closeness or union with someone or something.
Disempowering Love & Connection examples = spending time with friends, dates with a spouse, quality family time.
Empowering Love & Connection examples = Sex with strangers and violence.

5. Growth
The need to grow or succeed. Everything in life is growing or dying, there is no plateauing, which is why it is so important to value growth. By valuing growth, you also tend to meet your need for uncertainty in positive ways as it requires you to try new things and ways of doing things.

6. Give/ Contribution
The need to go beyond ourselves, to share, and to make other lives better. The ultimate secret to joy and fulfillment is giving and sharing ideas with others. This often leads to the need of significance.

We tend to value two needs higher than the rest of them. What is it costing you when you value two of these needs more highly than the others? Could you benefit from changing these around?

The most commonly valued pairing is certainty and significance. These two together tend to lead to a life of suffering. A person who values this pairing finds it difficult to grow due to their need for certainty and thus tends to feel insignificant. They might practice disempowering ways to fulfill this need like having problems.

For a more fulfilling life, we need to value growth and contribution more highly than the other 4 human needs. 

I'll see you next week.

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