Maslow’s Hierarchy Of Needs & Your Lifewall
At the most fundamental level, it all comes down to this.
[Partial transcript from My Tedx Talk]:
What does MPI really mean? If it means putting literally 100% of your time and effort into helping the planet then the philosophy immediately breaks down because living that way is obviously not sustainable. At the very least, humans need to take breaks for food water and sleep. So, what else does a human need? I found some answers in Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and I did some research and found some more and ended up with this Lifewall. Life is broken down into 21 elements.
Research tells us that if you live in a developed country you only need $60K year to be happy and anything more has a diminishing impact on your life. It also tells us that bad friends are as bad for us as a bad diet, that being present and meditating add years to our lives and getting into flow and expressing our individuality are ridiculously enjoyable.
So it seems that if we focus on these needs we’re selfish and if we focus on saving the planet we’re selfless. But is that true?
If you theoretically perfect every element you will have the biggest impact on yourself but you can see that you would concurrently have the biggest impact on the planet – so MPI on yourself and MPI on the planet are theoretically the same thing. And you believe that we’re all part of one organism – they should be the same thing so this makes sense.
Success in each element improves the likelihood of success in every other element but if you spend too much time on 1 or 2 elements it leaves a lot of empty space on the wall.
This is my Lifewall on the day I asked myself if money had made me happy and felt like there was something missing. You can see why I wasn’t happy. I overdosed on one element. What was missing? You can see what was missing. In the 10 seconds it takes to scan this Lifewall, you know more about my life at that time than you probably knew about anybody’s life other than your own.
Why bother doing things that improve these Lifewall elements? It makes us feel happy.
The Lifewall breaks life down into 21 elements then allows you to rate each element on a scale of 1 to 10 – all according to you! It allows you to see a ‘big picture’ graphic representation of your life on one screen. It is a reflection of what you think of your own life.
Seeing the big picture makes it easier for you to identify the parts of your life that you would like to improve then use this information to create goals.
The Lifewall is a free interactive tool. This is how to use it. Create a free account on ‘I imagine’, go to My Home, click on Lifewall. These are the 21 elements of your life. Go ahead and give yourself a rating out 10 for how you are doing. This is all according to you so there are no right or wrong answers.
For example, let’s say that you’re overweight and unfit but you’re not sick. If your definition of success in the health category is having no illnesses then you would give yourself a rating of 10. If your definition of success was running a marathon in under three hours and having a six-pack then you would give yourself a much lower rating. So this is all relative.
The purpose of this tool is to allow you to see how well, or not well, you’re going in all aspects of your life and have it all on one screen so that you can see the big picture and decide what to do next. If you decide that you want to improve your health you can create a goal.
Then you can make this goal appear in your canvas. The canvas is like a vision board that you can adjust each day to help you to stay focused on the things that matter most.