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We all have basic human needs which drive the choices we make in our lives. Whether we realise it or not, our behaviours are often dictated by the needs and values which are most important to us.

For example…

what motivated you to get out of bed this morning?

Was it because you followed the same, reliable routine that you use each day?

Or maybe, because you wanted to go out and make a difference in the world?

Or because you knew it would be more exciting to get out of bed and face the unknown than to stay in bed all day?


Whatever your motivation was, it’s likely that it was primarily based on the needs you most wanted to fulfill.

It’s been estimated that we each make around 35,000 decisions every single day.

Some of these decisions might not even register on our radars, but they can still be hugely important. The truth is, our decisions determine the direction of our lives and help us work towards our goals.

According to Tony Robbins, we have six core human needs which we seek to fulfill:

Certainty: the need for stability, predictability & reliability

Uncertainty/Variety: the need for change and excitement

Significance: the need to feel valued and important

Love and Connection: the need to feel nourish our relationships so we can feel connected and loved

Growth: the need to develop and improve

Contribution: the need to give and make a difference in the world in a positive way

Now that you know the six core human needs, which one do you think might have motivated you most to get out of bed this morning?

Being aware of your needs will empower you with the ability to understand what motivates you and make better choices to actually fulfil your most important needs.

In our guide, we’ll explore these core human needs in more detail and help you determine which ones are most important to you. Once you know your most important needs, you can also determine some of your strengths and weakness and use this knowledge to make better decisions!


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