How MindTime® Works

MindTime describes the internal logic of thought. Three perspectives give rise to three priorities that shape your thinking, and everything you do and feel.

Mostly we think of time as the ‘thing’ that we use to organize our lives—minutes, hours, days, weeks, and years—but few understand that time is the mechanism with which we form our very perceptions of reality and our thoughts.

To change our circumstances and be at peace we must become conscious of the true nature of time and its impact on our lives. It is through evolving this awareness that we can increase resonance and decrease conflict, individually and collectively. The MindTime model shows that people blend, to varying degrees, the three foundational constructs of human thinking: Past Thinking, Present Thinking, and Future Thinking.

The Past perspective

Certainty – what we can derive from the Past

To survive we need to understand what is fact. Only through Certainty can we reduce risk.

It is only in the Past dimension of time that we can find Certainty.

The Present perspective

Probability – what we can improve in the Present

We need stability to survive.
We increase the Probability of reaching our goals by controlling things.

It is only in the Present dimension of time that we can improve Probabilities.

The Future perspective

Possibility – what we can imagine for the Future

We must see new Possibilities, solve challenges, and pursue opportunities to survive.

It is only in the Future dimension of time that we can imagine Possibilities.

We each blend the three perspectives of time in our own way, that’s how we become different from one another in our thinking and therefore our behavior.

The result of this blending of priorities is a person’s Thinking Style. It defines the value each of us brings to every aspect of our lives. It is what motivates us and shapes our personalities. It is also at the root of most of our differences in how we each think. Click on the boxes to find out the story behind each of these three priorities.

Past Thinking…

… gathers as much data as possible and is concerned with accuracy and truth. It refuses to take anything at face value or for granted; it needs to be certain and is continuously engaged in evaluating, validating, researching, weighing pros and cons, and judging credibility. Refusing to trust that “everything will work out,” it attempts to reduce the risk of negative outcomes. Above all it is reflective.

Present Thinking…

… seeks homeostasis and some measure of control over unfolding events. It monitors the surrounding world, assesses any changes in the environment, values stability, productivity, harmony, and closure, and respects existing rules and the status quo. It will do everything it can to follow through and honor commitments. It abhors chaos and confusion and is driven to establish balance and order, create structure, and get things done. It is primarily practical.

Future Thinking…

… is open to possibilities, seeks out new opportunities, and intuits what the future might bring. It is our source of vision, and it often promotes those visions with enthusiasm and energy, inventing new strategies and tactics along the way, and flying by the seat of its pants. It pushes the limits of what is known and understood. It is comfortable with change and ambiguity; it chafes when confined within a rigid structure. It needs deadlines for generating the motivation to bring something to completion. It is essentially imaginative.