It is famously described by Maslow as : ” A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately happy. What a man can be , he must me. This need we may call self-actualization.”
Basically its just a term to put across the point that whatever you feel you must do and you know you can do, you should surely do just that.. not going to the left, not to the right, if you feel you should go straight, then go straight. At times, one gets distracted from his/her own focus but why?? Don’t you trust yourself or you think others have a better judgement of your life and your interests and wishes?? You know something, no matter what the dilemma is, you are the only one who can hit just the right chords.. believe in yourself.. don’t doubt your aspirations.. and never let anybody else shift your focus to something you aren’t interested in. We have all types of needs and they need to be fulfilled at the right time and at the right place in life so never let your needs and desires just go by unfulfilled.
Self-actualization is never in the course of your life, finished.. it goes on and on as you move on in life. As Shakespeare put it, “As if appetite grows by what you feed on.”