6 fundamental human needs and 4 questions to ask yourself to transform your life

Updated: Oct 5, 2019

2 weeks ago I attended one of the most intense personal development seminars in existence!

Tony Robbins: Unleash The Power Within

This seminar was one of the most valuable experiences I have ever signed up for. It was 4 days of 10 to 12 hours of incredible content, tears, roaring, laughing, high-fiving, hugging, and self-reflection.

I wanted to share 1 of the best chapters of this course.

Discovering Your 6 Human Needs.

This content is directly out of my workbook so I do not own the wording below, but I want to share it as I believe it would be incredibly valuable for many people.

The 6 human needs are broken into 2 categories

4 Primal Needs

1) Certainty

Everybody wants stability about their basic necessities - food, shelter, and other material resources. When people cannot control their physical circumstances, they may seek certainty through a state of mind (Such as religious faith or a positive outlook)

2) Uncertainty / Variety

People have a need to change their state, to exercise their body and emotions. Therefore they seek variety through a number of means - stimuli, change of scene, physical activity, mood swings, entertainment, food, etc.

3) Significant

Everybody needs to feel special and important in some way. People will seek significance through obtaining recognition from others or from themselves. When people feel insignificant, they make themselves feel significant by getting angry. They may also meet their needs paradoxically, by having others recognise the significance of their insignificance or the size and complexity of their problems. It is important to remember that for many, helplessness is power.

4) Love / Connection

Humans need to feel connected with someone or something - a person, an idea, a value, a habit, or a sense of identity. Connection may take the form of love, or merely of intense engagement - for instance, one can feel connect by means of an aggressive interaction.

2 Spiritual Needs

5) Growth

Everything in the universe is either growing or dying - there is no third alternative. People are no spiritually satisfied unless their capacities are expanding.

6) Contribution

Just as people cannot survive without others contributing in some way to their welfare (No baby grew up on its own), they cannot be spiritually fulfilled unless they are contributing to others as well.

The next part of this activity is to ask yourself these 4 questions

4 questions to ask yourself to transform your life

1) Of the 6 human needs, which 2 have you been valuing most?



2) What are the consequences of valuing those needs in that order?

JC - Write 2 consequences for each:





3) What do your top 2 needs need to be now for your life to transform?



4) If you made that change, what would transform in your life?

JC - Be brutally honest with yourself.


I highly encourage you to answer each of the 4 questions.

Thank you for reading :)

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