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The Art and Science of Effectively Optimising Living

The Art and Science of Effectively Optimising Living:
How to create a productive, successful, pleasurable, happy and meaningful life

Life offers many opportunities for meaning, pleasure and fulfilment. We are born with no ability to do either. We must learn or create ways to live effectively. Often if something is good we think more would be better but when we try to maximise living process they become toxic; too much or too little food or drink is dangerous. There are similar dangers for our higher emotional needs and our needs for meaning and fulfilment. The perfect goal is to “Optimise”, to get it “just right”, not too much, not too little. This is very challenging because “optimal” is not a fixed, easy to identify level. It is ever changing as we and the world changes. To optimise requires a deeper sensitivity to our lives and a deeper understanding of how to live effectively so that we create a productive, successful, pleasurable, happy and meaningful life.


Everybody is different. What makes one person happy or fulfilled does not work for other people. Our main needs in life may be very similar but each individual will have a unique combination of life attainments that will optimise their life. This is a challenging combination, if we go looking for success, happiness, fulfilment, the best way for us may not yet exist so we may need to create it. We may need to create rather than find what is not yet there.

To get the most from life we need to optimise the discovering and creating to develop our own best way of living.


Many people live in hope of some future happiness or fulfilment. Sadly they often die waiting. While a sense of happiness, success, fulfilment can occur in old age it is much more fulfilling to experience them NOW. Each and every moment is a moment that can be cherished, each action can be “successful”, each experience “meaningful”.


For many people the attainment of happiness, success, meaning, and fulfilment is pursued through material riches alone. While material riches can be extremely useful they are seldom the sole cause of success, happiness, meaning, and fulfilment; for these other things are required.


Our wealth is not just material, our greater wealth is in our experience of living, our wisdom and ability to live successfully, happily and meaningfully. These higher attainments come through our wise use of our wealth. We can also, with our optimal use of our wealth, create more material wealth and more importantly a wealth of happy and meaningful experience in life.


The more we can notice in life, the more of life is available to us. Developing “taste” is a great way of enriching our experience of life from the sensory “tastes” through to aesthetic tastes in music and art,


The greater our understanding of how the world work, the more effectively we can work the world. This is where a scientific methodology is very effective in identifying what is real and how reality functions. Through the science of effective modelling more of the world is available. Through the creativity of science more things in the world are created.


The integration of Art and Science and the effective application to our daily living is the optimal combination for developing our lives as a whole.

Developmental Behavioural Modelling( DBM®) offers a practical and verifiable set of distinctions, models and processes for developing an integration of Art and Science and through applying DBM® to our daily lives a very effective methodology for Optimising Living.

Developmental Behavioural Modelling DBM

All of us build our understanding of the world around us based on our experience. We continue to create and change this understanding throughout our lives. We call this understanding that each of us creates our ‘model’ of the world. By a model we mean “an organised dynamic representation of our world”. We do not respond to the world as it is. We respond to how we have made sense of it, how it is “meaningful” to us. We then respond to new things based on what we already “know”. Instincts build in responses for animals but human beings need to learn how to respond in our cultures, organisations, countries and families. This learning, the building of a model, is a process of Modelling. All our cognition and all our emotions are based on our understanding of reality, on our models of the world.

We build and use models; our clients build and use models. As professional we are more likely to build formal models (including theories) to extend our informal or “naturalistic” modelling.

Both informal understanding and the formal understanding of science are models (and theories) built through the process of modelling. No matter what the epistemology underlying a theory both the epistemology and the theory require to be created in the first place.
Developmental Behavioural Modelling DBM is the formal studying of the complete range of modelling. This includes the structure and function of models, how models are formally and informally constructed and applied.


In this training John will introduce the key distinctions, models and change processes for effectively optimizing how to live productively, successfully, meaningfully, and enjoyably, identified through the field of Developmental Behavioural Modelling (DBM®).

This training is NOT about “getting rich” or only increasing material possessions. The training is NOT about superficial techniques or tricks. The training is NOT about one answer for everyone.

The training IS about developing a deeper understanding, an increased sensitivity and skill in creating a day to day experience of life that is optimally productive, meaningful, successful, and happy. The training is about guiding participants to explore their own uniqueness and the uniqueness of others, and to develop the skill wisdom to adapt to changing circumstances to maintain an optimally productive, meaningful, successful, and happy life.

What Participants can expect from this training:

  • To understand more about living optimally: not just knowledge but wisdom
  • To be able to do more
  • To be able to explore more
  • To be able to go beyond your previous limits
  • To create more
  • To get more
  • To give more

Participants will learn:

How to identify what makes your life productive, successful, meaningful, and enjoyable
Create new ways to make your life productive, successful, meaningful, and enjoyable
Identify what makes other people’s lives productive, successful, meaningful, and enjoyable
Create new ways to make other people’s lives productive, successful, meaningful, and enjoyable

  • Develop Taste: Tasting, Distinguishing, Appreciating
  • How to Add Value
  • How to Create Value
  • How to Develop Aesthetic Judgements and Appreciation
  • How to put more into life and how to get more out of life