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Human Motivation

Each module of the New leadership paradigm  system is structured to reflect the way in which human beings grow and develop. There are two main drivers of human motivation—the ego, and the soul.

The Ego


The ego is the aspect of our personality that associates itself with the physical human body. It believes it lives in a physical world, and has a limited amount of time and resources to achieve what it wants.

It believes in scarcity and considers life to be a zero-sum game. It is driven by the need for survival. The ego is wrapped up in the day-to-day physical experience, and is totally focused on meeting its survival, relationship, and self-esteem needs.

The Soul

The soul is the aspect of our personality that associates itself with the energetic human body. The soul believes in abundance and sufficiency. It is at ease with uncertainty and thrives on change.

It lives in an energetic world and because it is comprised of the fundamental “energy” of existence, it cannot be created or destroyed, but simply shifts its expression from one form into another. The soul inhabits a quantum reality governed by probabilities. To the soul, anything and everything is possible. The soul is searching for meaning, wanting to make a difference, and be of service to the world.

Deficiency Needs and Growth Needs 


Thus, there are two “selves” within us trying to get their needs met—the ego self, and the soul self. When the centre of gravity of our consciousness lies in the ego arena, we focus on meeting our ego’s needs. There are three types of needs that are at the core of the ego’s motivation:

  • The need for physical security—survival
  • The need for love and belonging—relationships
  • The need for respect and recognition—self-esteem 

We feel no sense of lasting satisfaction if these needs are met, but we feel a sense of anxiety (stress caused by low level fear) if they are not met. Abraham Maslow called these basic or “deficiency” needs: they are essential for maintaining the internal stability of the ego.

When the centre of gravity of our consciousness lies in the soul arena, we focus on meeting our soul needs. There are three types of needs that are at the core of soul motivation.

  • The need to find a meaning or purpose in our existence—internal cohesion
  • The need to actualize that meaning or purpose—making a difference
  • The need to fully serve your purpose—service

When these needs are fulfilled they do not go away; they engender deeper and deeper levels of motivation and commitment. Abraham Maslow called these “growth” needs: they are essential for maintaining the internal stability of the soul. These are the needs we pursue during the process of self-actualization.

The process by which we shift the centre of gravity of our consciousness from satisfying the needs of the ego to the needs of the soul is called transformation.

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