After the foundational needs of Maslow’s Hierarchy are met (basic needs, safety and security, and connection), we can begin to focus on our higher needs: esteem (how we feel about ourselves/how others think about us) and actualization (our personal growth and development). We can begin by celebrating the strengths that we see in ourselves as well as trying to emulate the strengths that we see in others. This personal development may require courage or bravery to try hard things while overcoming fear or discomfort. Making these hard, positive choices can influence our own well-being, but we can also set a good example for others.
Our positive and healthy choices can provide good examples for others, especially when compared to the prevalent voices of online influencers. Although flashy messages on our screens may promote “healthy” living, we should read these ideas carefully to avoid harmful comparison or perfectionist thinking. Rather than seeking to be flawless, we can embrace effort, learning from mistakes, and consistency, which all leads to excellence.