Personal Needs List

This goal setting tool is a list of personal needs. Use this Needs List to identify those things you personally need to be yourself and be at your best. You should feel an urgency to getting your needs met, and they will provide personal satisfaction.

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  1. Identify your needs. Select between 3 and 6 Needs from the list below. You are looking for NEEDS -- not wants, shoulds, fantasies or wishes. A need is a MUST for you to BE YOUR BEST. Ask yourself: "If I had this, would I be able to reach my goals and vision without efforting?" (work yes, struggle no) Sometimes it helps to identify needs by thinking about times when you are angry, upset, or doing something you're not particularly proud of (ie. procrastinating). What is it that causes you to feel certain ways or do certain things? Look deeply, and you're likely to find a need.
  2. Why do you have this need? What causes it? Why is it important to me?
  3. What am I doing now to meet this need?
  4. How am I NOT getting this need met?

BE ACCEPTED
Approved
Be included
Respected
Permitted
Be popular
Sanctioned
Cool
Allowed
Tolerated
BE CARED FOR
Get attention
Be helped
Cared about
Be saved
Be attended to
Be treasured
Tenderness
Get gifts
Embraced
BE NEEDED
Improve others
Be a critical link
Be useful
Be craved
Please others
Affect others
Need to give
Be important
Be material
TO ACCOMPLISH
Achieve
Fulfill
Realize
Reach
Profit
Attain
Yield
Consummate
Victory
CERTAINTY
Clarity
Accuracy
Assurance
Obviousness
Guarantees
Promises
Commitments
Exactness
Precision
DUTY
Obligated
Do the right thing
Follow
Obey
Have a task
Satisfy others
Prove self
Be devoted
Have a cause
ACKNOWLEDGED
Be worthy
Be praised
Honored
Flattered
Complimented
Be prized
Appreciated
Valued
Thanked
BE COMFORTABLE
Luxury
Opulence
Excess
Prosperity
Indulgence
Abundance
Not work
Taken care of
Served
BE FREE
Unrestricted
Privileged
Immune
Independent
Autonomous
Sovereign
Not obligated
Self-reliant
Liberated
BE LOVED
Liked
Cherished
Esteemed
Held fondly
Be desired
Be preferred
Be relished
Be adored
Be touched
TO COMMUNICATE
Be heard
Gossip
Tell stories
Make a point
Share
Talk
Be listened to
Comment
Informed
HONESTY
Forthrightness
Uprightness
No lying
Sincerity
Loyalty
Frankness
No withholds
No perpetrations
Tell all
BE RIGHT
Correct
Not mistaken
Honest
Morally right
Be deferred to
Be confirmed
Be advocated
Be encouraged
Understood
TO CONTROL
Dominate
Command
Restrain
Manage
Correct others
Be obeyed
Not ignored
Keep status quo
Restrict
ORDER
Perfection
Symmetry
Consistent
Sequential
Checklists
Unvarying
Right-ness
Literal-ness
Regulated
PEACE
Quietness
Calmness
Unity
Reconciliation
Stillness
Balance
Agreements
Respite
Steadiness
POWER
Authority
Capacity
Results
Omnipotence
Strength
Might
Stamina
Prerogative
Influence
RECOGNITION
Be noticed
Be remembered
Be known for
Regarded well
Get credit
Acclaim
Heeded
Seen
Celebrated
SAFETY
Security
Protected
Stable
Fully informed
Deliberate
Vigilant
Cautious
Alert
Guarded
WORK
Career
Performance
Vocation
Press, push
Make it happen
At task
Responsibility
Industriousness
Be busy

Needs List excerpted from CoachU materials.

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