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Being Your Best Self

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My goal at Dining Mosaic is to try to help you realize your potential for what is called self- actualisation. What does that mean? Well, I want to help you live to your fullest potential. In short, I want you to be your best self. Not just with cooking, but in all areas of your life, which is why DM will cover not just food (shameless plug for the tabasco brie sandwich spread!), but all areas in life where we, as creators, have potential.

And let me tell you – that potential is limitless.

When you realise your infinite potential, you will have an incredibly powerful epiphany.

Moving on up

Much like a video game, in life we are to move from one level to the next. Yes, we indeed must all follow our own path, but it is incredibly important to perpetually be focused on the next achievement and the next step in our own efforts to be prosperous and triumphant.

The biggest thing that holds us back? Well, that answer is simple. It is one word, a scary word to most of us, and that word is fear. Why do we fear? Who do we fear? What do we fear? I am hear to tell you that you must harness your creative energy and completely disregard fear as immaterial.

Why? Because your self-actualization, or the understanding, comprehension and achievement of your fullest potential, is now powered by fear but is propelled by that creative energy which will make you shine. 

Starting Dining Mosaic

When I first started a cooking blog, I didn’t really think that it could help me be my best self. But then I realised that everything I did – whether it was photographing the food or tweaking a recipe – led to more inspiration and motivation. Working harder became a priority. Perfection overtook doubt. I was on my way.

The acclaimed psychologist Abraham Maslow in 1943 developed the hierarchy of needs, a theory in psychology that holistic health is predicated upon fulfilling innate human needs. The five needs, namely physiological, safety, love and belonging, esteem, and finally, self-actualization, are arguably even more crucial to those you, the rising generation. You are growing up in a world of unforeseen dangers and political instability.

Self-actualization promotes safety and can lessen the blow of danger and instability of any kind. The philological interpretation of the term “safety” roots in the Latin term salvus – meaning well, healthy, and unharmed. When one considers that they were once a vulnerable child, these adjectives do not particularly come to mind as being applicable to them.

But when one realizes that they have progressed to young adulthood, they must also realize, or actualize, that their lives will be a continual process of progression.

Unleash your potential for greatness

Let me tell you about some of those who have achieved self-actualization. Nelson Mandela, the first black president of South Africa, overcame severe injustice and apartheid in an effort to bring peace and equality to his people. If he did not truly understand himself, his goals, aspirations, and potential, how could he harness the creative energy – and therefore the potential – of an entire people?

Embrace that which is not known to you.

Mahatma Gandhi had the qualities of a statesman but was also at one with himself. He realized that we are all on a journey in this life and he changed an entire country.

Now, you don’t have to become the president or leader of a great nation to achieve self-actualization. You just have to understand that your hopes and your dreams are not to be taken lightly. You have to unleash your potential for greatness – and the most important way to do that is to study the impediments that are obstructing your ability to reach your fullest potential.

Here is what I can advise you:

Embrace that which is not known to you. Understand that you cannot control everything but you can control your actions. You can be motivated and energetic. And if you are motivated and energetic, there is a greater likelihood that you will have an inordinate desire for growth and understanding of the greater world around you. And when that happens — which it will — you will have a greater understanding of your purpose and a greater understanding of your life’s mission.

I would also advise you to not be troubled by the small things. Focus on the macro, not the micro. Understand that your ability to be your greatest self and truly be successful in your own view is centered on gratitude for who and what you have already become and building upon that solid foundation.

Be humble. Be understanding. Be curious. Don’t be perfect. These guiding principles will help you identify, nurture, and achieve your creativity and creative inclinations. You can truly be happy. But it’s up to you.

Be yourself.  Be your best self. That is the best advice I can give you. Because if you are yourself — in your decisions, your morals, and your ethics — then you not only are true to society, you are true to yourself. You encapsulate your achievements and you become one with success. And that is my one hope for you.

Want to get in touch? Email me at diningmosaic@gmail.com


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