What you can be…you must be!

I adapted this quote from Dr. Abraham Maslow who famously wrote: What a man can be, he must be.

Dr. Maslow created Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs with food and shelter at the bottom of the human needs pyramid and at the very top… self-actualisation. People who “self-actualise” are those who rise up to reach their full capability and potential in life.

On thinking about what holds us back from reaching for our potential, I believe it is primarily because we fear that we don’t have what it takes or that maybe if we try others will laugh at our attempts at expressing or sharing our gifts with the world. I would like to offer another way for you to think about it.

What if the plumber decided that his skill with a wrench and piping was not needed in the world? What if the baker decided that his or her love of baking was not really needed or wanted in the world? What if the musicians all stopped writing and creating because they were suddenly all struck down with the fear that they aren’t good enough? What if some of the greatest among us had stopped at the first rejection, the first doubt?

So, stop holding yourself back. If you have something that was placed in your heart which you have discovered through your living of life to be your passion and which you can share with the world then share it!

There are people who need your work. There are people who need your passion. There are people who need to know what you have suffered through and overcome so that they may be inspired to continue on their own journey to the light too.

Dr. Maslow was right. What a man or woman can be, they must be. You owe it to the world to share your gifts and talents. You have not come here to keep them to yourself. The ultimate joy is in the sharing of who and what you are with the world. So, come out here and share it with us.

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David Fox is an author, speaker and registered psychologist with a masters degree in psychology. He believes that overcoming issues like anxiety and depression are best tackled on multiple fronts such as exercise, supplements, working with your thoughts and beliefs, watching your diet and talking to someone who can provide empathy and support while you figure things out. His goal is teach people individually and within organisations in how to help themselves thrive. In addition, David supports patients who would like to eventually reduce or potentially stop taking anti-depressant medication if they are finding major negative side effects from remaining on the medications and looking for alternative routes to a better quality of life. This is not for everyone, and yes some people may need to remain on some amount of medication – especially those with bi-polar disorder or schizophrenia. However, for those whose issues began as anxiety and/or depression, there may certainly be another way to healing other than medication. David is the author of the book Change your Life! Hope and Healing for Anxiety and Depression.

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