The SKIED Hierarchy of Realization

The SKIED Hierarchy of Realization is portrayed in the shape of a pyramid with the largest, most fundamental levels of needs at the bottom. Similar to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, the basic wellness needs must be taken to unlock our full potential.

Here is a closer look at the foundations that make up the SKIED hierarchy of realization.


Our thought patterns are not representative of who we are, but they can determine our actions. We must realize the impact and consequences of negative thinking. Every single thought determines who we are becoming and ultimately determines the quality of our lives.

Having a growth mindset represents a dedication for life-long self-improvement. We must always be recognizing that each day provides an opportunity to learn something new and have a positive impact on this world.

A strong mindset recognizes that nothing in our lives is fixed. If we desire something bad enough, the right mindset will help us navigate through the static and achieve our desires.


Discipline is important for any type of change, but it is not synonymous with sacrifice. Strong discipline is essential for freeing us up for the lifestyle we seek. It buys us more freedom to do the things that bring us joy.

Discipline is about delaying short-term gratification and committing to long-term results. It is about showing up each day with the intentions of getting better in all areas of life. It is an accountability measure that we fulfill by showing up each day.

Through discipline, we can create the life we have always wanted. This helps us focus on what is most important in our lives and put measures in place to achieve it.


Nutrition has the power to heal. It represents one of the most sacred pieces to our health. What we feed our bodies determines how we function as human beings. Without the proper fuel, we may never know what we can accomplish.

Nutrition is our best weapon against sickness and can provide us a long, happy life. While many people trick themselves into thinking it isn’t completely necessary, they are only fooling themselves. We are what we eat. And what we eat can determine our thinking capacities which give us the energy to accomplish everything we want in life.


After the right mindset, discipline and nutrition are in place, we can begin to experiment with the many different ways to be active. Exercise stimulates the mind and without it, we become weak. Movement can be anything we choose but the greatest movements are the ones we love to do.

From walking to weightlifting, movement jumpstarts our brains and bodies into motion. The carryover effect from exercise must never be taken for granted. We must be disciplined enough to choose movement each day and push our bodies to release hidden potential.


Self-actualization refers to what a person’s full potential is and the realization of that potential. When all pieces of the pyramid are in place, it gives us the energy and focus to fuel any desire. It is self-discovery and the mindfulness that we are living according to how we envision our lives.

Some might argue that the previous pieces of overall wellness need not be in place to achieve great things. However, what might be achieved if they were in place? This understanding will never be fully recognized until we optimize our life. Only then can we uncover the complete, hidden potential to master anything.


Maslow also believed that there was one more state. Beyond self-actualization is transcendence which is a higher goal in altruism and spirituality.

“Transcendence refers to the very highest and most inclusive or holistic levels of human consciousness, behaving and relating, as ends rather than means, to oneself, to significant others, to human beings in general, to other species, to nature, and to the cosmos.”

Self-transcendence hard to put into words. It provides unimaginable feelings and is the most rewarding state in life. It is total human optimization.

These are not the only pieces of what make a well-balanced life. However, when our wellness is in place, it allows us to see life as an endless opportunity to become great human beings.

Whats in your hierarchy?

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