How To Live The Maximalist Life


July 16, 2011   •   Fact checked by Dumb Little Man

Cut back. Reduce. Restrict. Minimalize.

I constantly hear and read these words being proposed as to the future that we all need to face. From politicians to bloggers, the cry is that if we are going to live on this planet, and future generations are going to survive, we are all going to have to pull in our belts.

Well when it comes to the utilization of certain resources there may be an element of truth in what they say – but history has revealed to us that there is one ingredient that when added to the limited resources – that being imagination – can quickly turn that which is limited into unlimited.


Because the imagination is UNLIMITED.

So allow me to stand in the flow of minimalism propaganda that seeks to flood our thoughts by proposing yet another way, or word, to approach life that will build for a better present and a grandiose future.

The word is MAXIMALIST – and it is a person who favors direct or revolutionary action to achieve a goal.

Our goal? To live the best life possible, and the most productive. Now that’s revolutionary.

  1. Think Maximalist
    Miracles occur when you choose to think big. And when I write ‘think big’ I am thinking of asking better questions. Better questions unfold better answers.

It always amazes me how educational, medical and political institutions so often want to create laws that constrain and contain their constituents, their pupils and their patients. They approach life through a particular mindset – the one that was passed down from their similar mindset or ‘set-in-mind’ teachers.

This was so obvious when my son discovered he only had one kidney, and that it was attributing to his high blood pressure. The conventional doctor condemned my son to a life of taking no salt. The result? His blood pressure increased and so did the prescribed dosage of drugs. At 18 years of age my son was looking down the barrel of a lifetime of increased drug usage to combat high blood pressure.

This was not an option, and my wife was convinced that there had to be a better way. This led her to a naturopath who had another mindset. She prescribed, as the solution to his blood pressure problem, salt of all things -but this time the unprocessed natural salt called Celtic salt.

The result? Reduced blood pressure and no drugs.


  • Read Maximalist
    Make sure you read in the company of writers who are big thinkers.


I remember reading a book by Paul Zane Pilzer some years ago where he revealed how most economists think from a ‘lack’ perspective. He proposed that there required a paradigm shift in our thinking that prescribed another economic model – and that being of abundance.

Here was a maximalist.

Books have changed my life. But you must read the right books. Reading trashy novels just won’t cut it if you’re going to live a maximalised life.


  • Associate Maximalist
    You and I will be where we are in the next five years as a direct result of the books we read and the people we associate with.


So be selective when it comes to what you read and whom you spend your time with. If your desire is to live the maximalist life then spend time in the company of those who live, speak and read to the max.

There are no small thinkers amongst these individuals. Each time you meet their minds you are expanded, challenged, stretched, yet uplifted to go beyond and to reach further.

Your mind once stretched is unable to return to its former self.


  • Live Maximalist
    Once you are thinking, reading, and associating maximalist, then it is time to live maximalist.


So how are you going to live?

Here are a few ideas….

    • You will choose to dream maximalist dreams.


  • You will spend your life on your passion, for this is what you were created to do. This is your commission.


    • You will invest your time in the strengthening of your strengths.


  • You will deposit your energies into the creation of products and services that will add value to the lives of others.



  • You will kick out ruts by being continually refreshed by the power of innovation. You will not be conformed to the thoughts of the mass media, but will rather choose to obey your original thoughts.



  • You will question the status quo and arrive at the derivation of your own answers.



  • You will search out globally for like-minded maximalists and maximize your thinking.



  • You will choose to see abundance, be abundance, and live abundance but never at the expense of others.



  • You will read deeply and think deeply – allowing your mind to never be the residing place for shallow thoughts.



  • You will always look for the paradigm shift that is coming into play.



  • You will swim upstream or create your own stream and swim up it.



  • You will be aware that just because a thought or belief is popular it doesn’t necessarily mean it is right for you.



  • You understand that it is not always about right or wrong – but it’s whether it is right or wrong for you.



  • You understand that by changing you, you can in fact change the world.



  • Your world is only limited by the way you think.


Motivational Memo: Maximalist living – living life to the max.

Written on 7/16/2011 by Peter G. James Sinclair . Peter is in in the ‘heart to heart’ resuscitation business and inspires, motivates and equips others to be all that they’ve been created to become. Receive your free copy of his latest eBook Personal Success Blueprint at – and add him on Twitter @PeterGJSinclair – today! Photo Credit: seriousbri

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