I was listening to a TEDTalk today …when I should have been numbing my creative urge with the checking of “To Do List” boxes….
…but I was listening, and watching, and asking the question : Why do we do the things that we do?
According to Tony Robbins there are six basic needs that we, as beings, seek to have met or meet ourselves:
- certainty : the need to feel sure about some things
- uncertainty : the need to be surprised by some things (even if we don’t like the surprise)
- significance : the need to feel that we are special
- love : need to love and feel loved
- the ability to grow
- the opportunity to contribute beyond ourselves
The need instinctively valued highest, shapes the unique path of a life.
The last was the most interesting – do we instinctively need to contribute to something bigger than our immediate life? Why this need? Does it have roots in our ancestry and instinct for self-preservation where the tribe was a pre-requisite to survival?
Why, in 2014, when the contribution to community has been severed from imminent survival, do we sense a positive emotional response that encourages contribution to something beyond ourselves?