If we seek self realization before god realization we are mistaken. Spiritually both self realization and god realization meant the same.
What do we mean by self in self realization? The self in self realization stands for the spirit, consciousness existing in our heart as soul atman. The journey of self realization is meant for reaching this true inner self existing in our heart as our soul atman, the real self within.
And what does god realization mean? When do we realize god?
Indulgence in spirituality as per Bhagavad Gita when seekers reach state of absolute purity, state of self realization it is termed reaching god, reaching state of God realization. How?
After reaching our true inner self, becoming a pure soul atman there was nothing more to do for human beings, the seeker. The moment this self realized soul after death of body leaves mortal frame it attains state of moksha salvation. This liberated soul atman finally enters kingdom of God called Vaikuntha in Hinduism.
This liberated soul atman finally merges with God permanently.
This permanent merger with God is termed reaching God, realizing God, reaching state of God realization.
Spiritually also God Almighty, Brahman in Hinduism is not distinct from souls’ atmans. If an individual grain of sand is an independent soul atman, the whole mound God Almighty. If an individual piece of puzzle is an independent soul atman, the completed puzzle Brahman, God Almighty. In fact it is God Almighty that existed in all human beings in miniscule form as our soul atman residing in heart. In essence a soul atman is not distinct from God Almighty, Parmatman.
In the field of spirituality the seeker must never strive for either self realization or god realization. When a seeker indulging in pure spirituality worked for welfare of entire mankind all the time; by grace of God one was endowed with state of self realization, god realization. It is an absolute fact of spiritual life that state of self realization, god realization is always bestowed by god as a byproduct of selfless service rendered to mankind throughout life.