A powerful architecture & Construction theme. Construct your website in the perfect Ratio.
Alienum phaedrum torquatos nec eu, vis detraxit periculis ex, nihil expetendis in mei. Mei an pericula


Actualise Wellness Solutions / Group Wellness & Movement  / Why You Actually Need Wants

Why You Actually Need Wants

You want many things out of life, right? You’ve got goals, expectations, and desires in possibly a million directions… woah! Maybe not a million… but the point is there is much want, want, wanting and possibly not enough needing nor actioning (ie. calls to action).

In South Africa*, a reliable mode of transport is considered a need (having recently gone through half a week without a vehicle due to a minor incident, this is way up there), as is running water, food, sleep, friendships, electricity, hobbies, experiences, 6-packs, fresh fashion… the list continues. Who has conjured up these “needs”?

Aaaand our fundamental human needs include? Let’s consider needs as EVERYTHING you need to survive and function effectively. Nope, that doesn’t include your mobile. Sorry. Fundamentals include:

  • Nutrients in the form of food, water, sunlight, and air
  • Physiological needs including but not limited to sleep and movement without boundaries (even if hindered by amputation or injury)
  • Security in the form of shelter, resources and socio-cultural interactions

Whether the current state of these are bad or good is subjective but we thrive on these. We don’t function well without these so that’s why they are considered needs.

You need your needs because you will physically and/or psychologically suffer without enough of them. Below are some blogs on deprivation experiments:

  1. Insufficient rest (eg. Sleep Deprivation Experiments)
  2. Physical Inactivity (eg. Extended Bed Rest)
  3. Nutritional (eg. The Double-Burden of Malnutrition)

What do you want? We’ve determined two categories of wants:

  • Surface-Level: what you’re surrounded by when at home, the clothes you wear, books you read, and devices; the car, book, or doggie in the window
  • Soul-Level: confidence, respect, friendship, self-development whether physical, psychological or spiritual; meaningful interactions with those around you

Consider the above. We need to survive and we want to thrive. We can’t thrive without being able to survive. Maybe, we actually need to want to thrive in order to survive? What do you think?

Devaluation, disappointment and demotivation are keys to our detriment. It’s difficult to remain motivated when we feel undervalued or expectations aren’t met. Whether we set the standard for ourselves or others. And then miss.

Desires. These wonderful things keep the fire inside kindled. It’s not about eternal optimism because when your body is physically, mentally and emotionally drained, optimism is the furthest thing from your immediate flying-F response. Losing a “good” friend, having a vehicle “written-off”, 50-60 hours of work per week, and 10-15 hours of hobbies per week in four weeks can be quite a drain. Our desire to aspire helps us to remain motivated. During such challenge we learn to transform into whatever we need to so we can perform.

Whether you like it or not, we need our wants to stay on track. It is a key form of motivation. Share some of your goals heading towards the next season AND how you intend to stick with them. If you don’t share with us, share with friends, family or mentors. Ask them to keep you accountable. Feel free to mail us if you need help with an action plan.

*I can only speak from this perspective as I have not travelled to or lived in other countries. I can provide an idea of other countries based on the interactions I have had with diplomats and foreign nationals; other than that, I am limited in extra-South-African-affairs.
Please follow and like us:

Reinhard Otto


  • Jayden

    Apr 29, 2019 8:04 pm

    Way cool! Some very valid points! I appreciate you writing this post and
    the rest of the site is also very good.

  • What’s up to all, how is everything, I think every one is getting more from this site,
    and your views are nice for new visitors.

  • jobref.De

    May 1, 2019 10:11 pm

    Thanks for a marvelous posting! I seriously enjoyed reading it, you could be
    a great author.I will make certain to bookmark your blog and will often come back down the road.
    I want to encourage that you continue your great posts, have a nice morning!

  • video production Companies

    Jun 6, 2019 8:23 pm

    Wonderful blog! Do you have any tips and hints for aspiring writers?
    I’m hoping to start my own site soon but I’m a little lost on everything.

    Would you recommend starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are so many choices
    out there that I’m completely overwhelmed .. Any recommendations?

  • Vic

    Jun 18, 2019 11:03 am

    Nice post! I really enjoy reading articles like this. Keep it up and looking forward on your future posts!

  • coconut oil a

    Nov 16, 2019 4:44 am

    This site was… how do you say it? Relevant!! Finally
    I’ve found something that helped me. Kudos!

Post a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.