5 Pillar Mindset
The 5 Pillar Mindset of Positively T consists of the following:
The Four Dimensions
The Four Dimensions is the first pillar of the 5 Pillar Mindset of Positively T. The first three dimensions have to do with space, which are length, width and height. The fourth dimension has to do with time, which is time.
It's important not to trivialize the importance of space and time. These are the parameters in which we have to work. The space we occupy with our bodies is one aspect and the time we have alive is the other aspect...and what we do with these two aspects will determine our legacies. A person must be mindful of where they decide to place themselves because wherever that is, she cannot be anywhere else at any given point in time. She must also be aware of how she spends that current moment because it can never be any moment but the one she's in.
Moving within space faster and being able to manipulate one's environment more easily equates to power and power is energy, which is not limited to but does include brute force. Energy is death that we consume to create life for ourselves. While consuming energy gives us life, the energy exists because of death that took place prior. Neither death or life are good or bad, they just are. Death might seem wasteful if it was in vain. But justice will always prevail so it will eventually lead to having served a purpose. Good usage of time and space is conveying peace and understanding to oneself and her community, and the more power, including brute force, she has, the more the better she can serve her purpose.
The Three Essential Actions
The Three Essential Actions is the second pillar of the 5 Pillar Mindset of Positively T. The three essential actions are exhibited by everything and everyone in the universe in one form or another...just at different rates of speed. These three things actions or phases are consumption, explosion and exhaustion.
The consumption phase can be easily thought of as the food you eat, though it is not limited to that by any means. But let's use that as the basis to consider the other ways consumption occurs besides food. Just like we eat food for its calories, we also "eat" water for its lubrication, our ears "eat" sounds for their information which is the same thing we consume when our eyes "eat" views. All of this content we consume becomes the fuel we use for the next phase, explosion.
The explosion phase for food is whatever we decide to do with the calories. The best example to think of is exercise but other forms of the explosion phase exist. For example, we think and form opinions based on the information we see and hear. The more we do these actions, the better we get at doing those things through repetition and strengthening. The harder we push ourselves when we exercise, the more our bodies can absorb the good out of the content we consume and the faster we can push the bad out of it too. The same is true for information as it flows from our brains to become words or otherwise. This brings us to the next phase, exhaustion.
The exhaustion phase for food is what happens to the burned energy, which gets a bad rap as beautiful as it is, which is poop. It's also sleep, sweat, our actions, our words and any finished work anyone has ever created. Exhaustion is the outlet of the cycle, allowing death to reenter the universe and making room for the host to consume more, hopefully from a new source. We see this cycle play out in all things including our life as a whole as we consume at birth with the egg absorbing sperm, we explode throughout our lives and we exhaust as a body full of calories that will be consumed if by nothing more than the air around it. Businesses, countries, grocery stores, households, goats, the planet, even stars and flowers all follow these three essential actions.
The Three Types of Health
The Three Types of Health is the third pillar of the 5 Pillar Mindset of Positively T. The three types of health are Mental, Physical and Spiritual.
Mental Health -
Mental health is made up of the id, ego and superego.
The id represents desire that is unaffected by the outside world. This is the urge for sex and domination. These are things everyone wants but would not be compatible with a society full of people because it wouldn't be civil. However, it is good to adhere to the demands of your id sometimes because you have needs including the need for satisfaction. You just need to get it in a way that is compatible with society, which brings us to the ego.
The ego is affected by the outside world. It gathers data about the world and finds ways to satisfy the id that are compatible with the outside world. When you discover something you are good at and do it to reach popularity, become physically fit, use your good looks to become famous, become funny or successful, and then reap the benefits including sex...these are all examples of satisfying the id through the ego working successfully.
However, on the other side of sex and domination lies the spirit. The spirit is not the mind, but the mind thinks it knows what the spirit wants, which as opposed to sex is love...peace and love for mankind kind of love. The ego's role is to find ways to allow the id to rule occasionally and let is other force rule occasionally as to align with the spirit. This other force is known as the superego.
The superego is comprised of the conscious and the ideal self. These are forces driving you to do the right thing. When you fall short, you feel shame, and when you hit the mark, you feel pride. The difference between this and the spirit is that this is what you think the spirit wants while the spirit actually does want what it wants. Like the ego, it too is affected by the outside world. And between the id and the superego, the ego will choose what it feels is best, given the maturity level of the person at that point in time.
Physical Health -
Physical health is made up of resistance training, endurance training and stretching.
Resistance Training is lifting weights and causes your muscles to shred. This shredding action causes your muscles to heal and grow stronger as to be better prepared to handle the force needed to lift the weight more easily the next time. This is due to the justice effect that the just result of pain is pleasure, this being a focused pain toward the goal of strengthening and the pleasure of looking, feeling and being stronger as a result, hence the saying, 'no pain, no gain'. Of course, over time, the muscles deplete if exercise doesn't continue on a regular basis.
Endurance Training is exercise that builds up lung capacity and other organisms in the body so that it can last longer durations in future workouts. Typically workouts with light weights or no weights at all are used so that the workout can be used to focus on the endurance. Running, rowing or any exercise that involves doing many repetitions of a given movement to burn calories are examples of endurance training. Like resistance training, if it is not sustained through regular exercise, the body will lose its endurance over time.
Stretching is an exercise that improves the elasticity of the muscles. This is achieved by lengthening muscles for a short amount of time so that they become flexible enough to increase one's range of motion. Stretching is an important component of physical health because it provides the flexibility one needs to increase strength through resistance training as well as increase endurance through endurance training. And like the other components, over time it goes away if not maintained through regular exercise, hence the saying, 'if you don't use it, you lose it.'
Spiritual Health -
Spiritual Health is made up of Religious, Existential and Spiritual Health.
The religious aspect of spiritual health is what people learn from groups. Some people do not follow group religious ideology and for others it was never taught to them. This is all fine. There are many valuable things to embody from religions as well as horrible things that came from those very same religions. Religions are neither inherently good or bad. They serve to help people make sense of the world around them and answer the unknowable questions that have plagued mankind for eons.
The existential aspect of spiritual health is what a person learns from her own experiences. What a person thinks about the spirit, how we were created, what the meaning of life is and other unknowable questions all make up existentialism as it pertains to the spirit. Like religion, existential health is neither inherently good or bad. It can serve as a way to raise one's self-reliance but can also lead to leaning toward one's own bias. This is a way to make sense of the world from one's own perspective and at least to that person, she is entitled to believing that it's true, all while it being okay if she doesn't know. She can be content in knowing that the journey never ends.
The spiritual aspect of spiritual health is the truth. It may seem redundant to have spiritual aspect of spiritual health, but it serves as somewhere other than religious and existential but actually being what they both seek to define. The spirit is actually what the superego from mental health thinks is true, while the sprit actually is what's true. This is untouched by the outside world. In the Positively T Attitude, all spirits are created equal to one another and they all are embodiments of love.
The Seven Steps to Success
The Seven Steps to Success is the fourth pillar of the 5 Pillar Mindset of Positively T. The seven steps take into account the fifth pillar which comes next, but here's a sneak preview: every action has an appropriate consequence or reward. This does not mean we are responsible for bringing justice for everything, but it does mean that just deserts can be understood and applied to one's life, in an effort to succeed.
The other thing the steps take into account is positivity, which is the ability to focus on action and achievement rather than difficulties. This does not mean difficulties don't exist, or that positivity will solve everything, or that always having a positive attitude is either possible or healthy. But what it does mean is once becoming aware of one's own thoughts and changing the narrative to one that acknowledges the love one has for oneself and her ability to either overcome any challenge or the ability to accept the good in not overcoming it. The seven steps are as follows:
1. Find Your Identity
Finding your identity in the Positively T Attitude is up to the user herself. Whatever a person wants her identity to be, it can be. Nature and nurture may have affected what one's reputation is currently, or how she views herself, and while choosing an identity close to the "current one" may make it easier, it definitely doesn't have to be the case. That is the whole essence of Positively T, you can be anything you want to be!
2. Determine Your Current State
To determine your current state, one must be real about her perception to herself as well as others. The journey from the current state to the identity is the sole focus of the seven steps to success. Each ensuing step explains how to formulate the mind in order to stop fighting the rule of nature, justice, and instead allow leverage it to work towards one's own benefit. If unsure of one's current state, simply look at how she spends her time, is it productive or counterproductive to her identity? Regardless, however she spends her time is what she is, and the more pro-identity actions and less anti-identity actions she takes moving forward, will only get her closer to her goal, no matter how long it takes, if ever. And if she never reaches her identity, that's okay, she has the right to change it at anytime. The only limits are one's own.
3. Create Your Goals
Goals in the Positively T Attitude are concrete examples of having completed a certain amount of pro-identity actions. These goals, when done right, are either accomplished or not. They are objective in nature, meaning nobody can dispute them. They follow the SMART goal methodology of being time-bound and attainable. More information on SMART goals can be found via a simple internet search. The main point here is whatever a person wants as her identity, her goals should reflect that by being examples of things somebody of that identity would do. Fear of failure should not prevent a person from creating a goal because failure is the strength building pain that motivates a person to success. Self-love will remain regardless.
4. Link Systems to Your Goals
To link systems to the goal is to harness the power of just deserts. A system is two or more things working together to achieve an outcome. Systems in this context can be as simple as (a) allowing time to pass, so that (b) the goal gets accomplished. Or they can be as complex as rewarding oneself with a treat for pro-identity behavior and punishing oneself with treat denial or another punishment, hopefully not too harsh, for anti-identity behavior. Just deserts are going to take effect regardless because the result of pro-identity behavior will accomplish success, or becoming the identity, which is the reward...just like anti-identity behavior will accomplish more of the current state, with is failure, which is a punishment. So making systems that motivate and adhering to them is a constructive and healthy way to see the outcomes one wants to see even when it involves tasks that one naturally doesn't find appealing. This is accomplished by associating those unappealing but necessary tasks with rewards in order to obtain the ultimate reward, success.
5. Work the Systems
Once the goal and systems to achieve it are determined, the only thing left to do is to do the work. This is simple but of ultimate importance. The action is the key. Without working the systems, the movement towards the goal remains a dream instead of a reality. Then cognitive dissonance, the phenomenon of having conflicting thoughts, ensues and the person begins they are what they long to be, just because she wants it, even though none of the facts lay evidence towards that claim. This is when bitterness kicks in because the person wasn't willing to work hard enough for the goal or she wasn't willing to change her perspective about her lack of achievement towards that goal, all for short term pleasure, all while bitterness is anti-love and will lead to long term pain.
Instead, work harder. Love self enough to do it for self. And if things don't turn out as planned, there are other objectives that can be achieved, all of which will be instructed by past efforts—or—work even harder. If society is against you doing what you know is right, decrease the amount of society that can reach you...or in other words, change your environment or practice the art of caring less. Caring about less things provides the space to care more about fewer things which gives one the focus to achieve.
6. Forgive Yourself for Setbacks and Grow
Congrats! Execution of the systems led to completing the goal and becoming the identity.
If that previous paragraph was not the case, relax. Setbacks will happen. The important thing is to forgive oneself for setbacks and grow. As people, we make mistakes. That, and things that are out of our control contribute to setbacks all the time. However, the more practice we have at any given activity, the more we learn. Given that, we will get better so long as we apply our knowledge which is to say, to grow. This growth, which was preceded with forgiveness, allows one to maintain her inner peace. She is not in competition with anyone but herself to improve. She is also in full collaboration with herself in reaching her goal, and justice is on her side. As a result, she focuses on getting back in the race and trying again.
7. Positivity Always
Before describing Positivity Always let us cover what it doesn't mean. It doesn't mean being positive at all times is possible or healthy. It also doesn't mean positivity by itself will fix any problem or lead to the accomplishment of any goal. There is such thing as a grieving process and is a healthy part of life in dealing with loss or any other painful experience in life. Sadness, anger and other emotions aren't negative, but they also do need to be expressed. Expressing them in a healthy way, such as through exercise or creative ventures or even crying and talking to a friend, are very important. On the other side of the process is moving forward for self.
What Positivity Always does mean is that in the efforts to achieve goals by the previous steps, to focus on achievement rather than struggle. It means that the unconscious mind will drift into fear or negative self-talk but after realizing one was having those thoughts, she would serve herself well to reframe those thoughts into positive ones. Eventually, she will either reach success in this goal or she will find another. Either way, she will be thankful for the experience and for having the opportunity to serve as a participant in this great wonder we call life.
Just Deserts is the fifth pillar of the 5 Pillar Mindset of Positively T. Although Just Deserts is the fifth pillar, it is if not equally, more important than all other pillars. Just deserts in a sense is justice, which is the second core value from the three core values. When justice is used in the term just deserts, it means the reward or consequence of an action, or justice for an action. This is the basis for the entire attitude and the deepest fundamental premise that beyond laws, words, religions or anything else that man created, justice is the only absolute rule. But is there a way to prove this? No. But the belief is what makes it possible. And people don't will justice like one would will a basketball through a hoop, but by embracing that justice will prevail, one can obey the rule of justice and have it work on her behalf like a surfer riding a wave.
Every action is a form of sacrifice and every sacrifice results in growth. Growth can either be in the form of more of the same anti-identity actions leading to growth in the wrong direction...or it can be pro-identity actions leading to growth in the right direction. The easiest example to use is the difference between the couch and the gym. If there were two people, and one wanted to be fit and the other wanted to be a couch potato, the behaviors would be obvious. Person A would go to the gym and person B would go to the couch. Anytime person A goes to the couch, she is making a sacrifice that helps her "grow" toward becoming a couch potato which is against her goal. Sure, it brings short term joy, which is worth something, but it will bring long term pain if she falls short of her goal. Instead, she would want to endure short term pain, gym pain, to bring long term joy of being fit. The same is true for the inverse. If person B wanted to hit her goal, she would go to the couch. Every time she goes to the gym, it causes her to grow toward becoming fit, which is against her goal. It brings her short term joy, the after workout glow, but if continued, will bring her long term pain, being fit. Instead, she would want to endure the short term pain of stagnation to hit her goal of being a couch potato.
Some deserts don't occur in a person's life to whom it may appear justice was deserved. What can we make of this? Surely the innocent fatal victims of hate deserved more justice than death. This is the point in which the attitude may align with your existing faith, contradict it or override it, depending on your faith and your commitment to the attitude. But in this attitude, death is the exhaust that one's self can no longer lead to the following consumption and explosion phases of the explosion cycle or three essential actions. However, the exhaust that each individual creates, in the physical sense with the calories they submit into the surroundings and the finished works, which is also exhaust, permeates through to other individuals. This means the stories told about their lives, the words spoken throughout their lives, their legacies and even what people who saw their final moments saw is all converted into influence to give justice a chance to be carried out by the hands of those who become inspired by those stories as well as the pain by the ones who hated them and scorn from their descendants or other former followers who refuse to follow in their footsteps. All the injustice is love. Even hate is love. Those things are just love deferred because love will be the result eventually. What we can do as people is help each of our own causes to shorten the time for love to be deferred as is pertains to ourselves. And this comes from loving ourselves and making sacrifices towards our goals as individuals and as a community.