Thursday, December 8, 2011

What does a "maximized life" mean to you?

A maximized life means something different for everyone.
It is often associated with more; more money, family, health, time, friends, fun, or rest. It can also mean having less; less stress, fear, guilt, and anger. We are all motivated differently. You might desire a sense of accomplishment. Maybe you are just naturally driven to achieve. Perhaps you are tired of being stuck in your current situation and visualize something better. In order to improve, we need an impetus to change. I have twins, a boy and a girl, under two years old. I want to be the best example I can for them. I don't expect to be perfect, but I want to demonstrate the values that are important to me. For this reason, I want to maximize my own life.

Much of the self improvement information used today is based on the principals of Abraham Maslow's, Theory of Human Motivation.

[“What a man can be, he must be.” This forms the basis of the perceived need for self-actualization. This level of need pertains to what a person's full potential is and realizing that potential. Maslow describes this desire as the desire to become more and more what one is, to become everything that one is capable of becoming. This is a broad definition of the need for self-actualization, but when applied to individuals the need is specific. For example one individual may have the strong desire to become an ideal parent, in another it may be expressed athletically, and in another it may be expressed in painting, pictures, or inventions. Maslow's hierarchy of needs is often portrayed in the shape of a pyramid, with the largest and most fundamental levels of needs at the bottom, and the need for self-actualization at the top. The most fundamental and basic four layers of the pyramid contain what Maslow called "deficiency needs" or "d-needs": esteem , friendship and love, security, and physical needs. With the exception of the most fundamental (physiological) needs, if these "deficiency needs" are not met, the body gives no physical indication but the individual feels anxious and tense. Maslow's theory suggests that the most basic level of needs must be met before the individual will strongly desire (or focus motivation upon) the secondary or higher level needs.

Maslow also coined the term Metamotivation to describe the motivation of people who go beyond the scope of the basic needs and strive for constant betterment. Metamotivated people are driven by B-needs (Being Needs), instead of deficiency needs (D-Needs).]*

It seems fair to say that you are a metamotivated person. You have made choices to allow yourself the opportunity to self actualize. You want to be all you can be. That is why you are here.

There are two measurements of one's success, "quality" and "quantity".
Is it better to have a lot of acquaintances or a few very good friends?
Would you rather have plenty of time to waste or well used quality time?
Do you measure your success by how much you have or the quality of your life?

"The quality of life is determined by it's activities." - Aristotle

Friday, December 2, 2011

My Divine Connection 

We are all unique, but we have far more similarities than differences. Through the Divine we are all connected. is a network of spiritual individuals joining together to support each other and raise social consciousness to help all life on earth. 

I envision a social network designed to help members improve their lives physically, mentally, and spiritually. I believe there are enough good people in the world to create miraculous change, if we work together. A world shift in consciousness is needed to create opportunities from all the crisis we currently face. I am dedicating my life to make that happen, so that my children will live a different reality. 

You have unique talent and perspective. We would like to help you make the most of these assets by sharing them with others. We are building a new social network dedicated to support diversity and build unity. Your help is greatly appreciated. Joining is a free and easy way to show your support. Sharing with friends and family is also helpful. If you really want to make a big difference, get involved, connect with others, and share your story.

If you have a vision to help others, we would love to hear it and give our support. Share links, websites, and information about your business or your passion. Let us know your needs. Perhaps another member will fulfill them. It is all about making connections.

This site has not officially launched yet, but we wanted you to be one of the first to join and share your vision. We will keep you posted on updates and groups as they are added. We want this to be your community and encourage your feedback and suggestions. If you know similar networks we would like to connect with them also. 

Thank you for your participation,
Mark Porteous

"Civilizations should be measured by the degree of diversity attained and the degree of unity retained." 
W.H. Auden