FUTURLOGICS authored by james n. hall copyright February 1983 and 2014
Seven Habits of Highly Effective People first published in 1989 by Stephen R. Covey . Any book with such success should be studied, even if the content is not studied for it's own sake. If any question should be asked, it is how has this work been so successful? What are the principles 'under the hood' that make the ideas in this book acceptable to such a large numbers of readers? Surely the phenomena and influence upon millions of readers and followers is an example of Covey's "Habit 6" or the SYNERGY produced by the input of many his many readers. New words and concept are now in common usage in todays work world through the influence of this book and teachings of Dr. Stephen R. Covey personal touch. What follows on this web page is a discussion by James N. Hall author of FUTURLOGICS concerning the "SEVEN HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE." The commentary is mainly styled for those who have already read this publication. Nevertheless reading these commentaries first will serve as an overview to frame reading. Comments in parens '()' are by james n. hall in the immediately following list of Habits by Stephen R. Coveys book which sold many millions of copies and the overview of many tapes and lectures by this successful consultant and effective teacher. (HABIT ZER0 FUTURLOGICS a system of prospective thinking) Principle of self-teaching (To be explained later in this article and is not part of the original publication yet may be seen as an underlying principle) (* The Self Teaching Principle) (HABIT ZERO, HABIT ZER0) (There is no free will, self determination, free agency, or power to choose, decide, select without a FUTURE; and, all preparations to learn of the future is predicated upon PROSPECTIVE THINKING) Note: Habit ZERO or Habit ZER0 is a concept more fundamental than the original "Seven Habit of Highly Effective People". It should preceed and succeed the theme of Covey's work. (Habit Zero is essentially the ability to teach oneself.)
there are a couple of web sites I would direct you to. They are listed on your outline. We are in no way endorsing his belief system or his other writings. But I do believe this book has some habits that can help us as Christians I am grateful that we have a God that can speak through anyone. What we are going to do is look at the principles in the book. Mainly, what we are drawing from the book, are the chapter titles. I believe they do neatly sum up some biblical practices that we are going to be looking at. There are seven. The first habit is Be Proactive and we are going to talk about the words of Micah, when he talks about what the Lord requires of us. The second is a call to begin with the end in mind. And there are we are going to look at the apostle Paul, who knew exactly how he wanted people to remember him. The third habit is put first things first and we are going to talk about Esther who had to put her life on the line when she put her priorities in order. Fourth is think win/win and we are going to look at David who, although he knew he would one day be king, did not want Saul to have to lose. The fifth habit is seek first to understand and we will look at the encounter of Jesus and the woman at the well. The sixth habit is called synergize and we will look at the day of Pentecost and the final habit is called sharpen the saw and we will look at our prayer lives. I hope you will be here when you are in town and will be a part of this. I am less concerned with us being more effective people than I am with us being more faithful followers of Jesus. And I believe that as we grow more in God's wisdom, we do become more faithful disciples. Wisdom is about more than not doing push ups with stitches in your hands. And it begins with trusting and knowing the Lord. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight. Pastor Joe Watson of Cornerstone United Methodist Church Georgia
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" HREF=http://www.umc-cornerstone.com/sermons/08_01_04.php Full Sermon Referencing Stephen Covey by Pastor Joe Watson "I, james n. hall, am a mormon who has served a LDS mission to the country of Australia for two years. Like the Good Paster I am willing to find good ideas anywhere they are found. I will however use the above scripture in a different fashion, but prefer the classic King James version of the Bible. Below are Remarks on the Habit #0 in the above sermon by James N. Hall author of FUTURLOGICS a system of prospective thinking: Proverbs 3:1-6 using the King James Version of the Bible. Proverbs 3:1 1 My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: Retrospective Mode of the Absolute Future to use memory retain in thought. Proverbs 3:2 2 For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. Observational Mode of the Natural Future to uses our senses and industry as children are 'add' to you due to the commandment to honor parents. In those days your retirement and security was in your children. This is the daily interaction with the material world. The world we observe before our eyes (senses). This is the science of life. Proverbs 3:3 3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: Imaginary Mode of the Imaginary Future (tablet of your heart) or Imaginative powers to control and create spiritually and "see" within first. The neck can turn the head or 'guide your principles with power of choice'. Proverbs 3:4 4 So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man. Assumptive Mode of the Artificial Future where the rubber meets the road to meet the unknown and handle the unexpected with faith and good assertions to experiment mentally to prove and propose. We 'find' by first assuming that it will be somewhere the we look there. We assume by favoring certain 'ifs' above others. It is being lucky in guesses by educated guesses or assertions. Let us assume we will win / win. Proverbs 3:5 5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. Creative Mode of the Synthetic Future where plans and preparation are founded upon the laws of the universe and higher sources. When we create we apply our ideas to what does not yes exist before our eyes. Trusting is the Blueprint (LORD) from which we can build by not doubting. To lean does not mean to completely forsake your own thought but it means to allow in new ideas that promote greater thoughts. We mentally create first with plans and preparations then we physically carry plans out and preparations with our 'own understanding'. Creative persons trust they can create even when evidence says that it can't work. The creative personallity 'feels' his way to new ideas. Proverbs 3:6 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Prospective Mode of the Paradigm Future where this division of the future converges as both a Mode and a Model in one and the active shift of the Paradigm occurs. Where the path ahead is mapped and forecast by this gestalt of "all thy ways". To have a map of the unknown or the future can be great directing force. A clear view of what is ahead helps in the decision making process. An acknowledgment of God is the Spirit of Prophesy. What is proposed here is that HABIT ZERO is actually Futurlogics and the obtaining of DMP; or, Holistic Thinking in the Prospective Mode. And: of course, any inspiration is welcome. Further comments concerning a book written in collaboration with Stephen R. Covey and A. Roger Merrill and Rebecca R. Merrill entitled "FIRST THINGS FIRST" copyright 1994 by Covey Leadership Center, Inc. On page 72 of this book is the following paragraphs: "The best way to predict your future is to create it. You can use the same power of creative imagination that enables you to see a goal before you accomplish it or plan a meeting to create much of the quality of your own reality before you live it." And on page 103 of this same book is the following paragraphs: "We all have some vision of our ourselves and our future. And that vision creates consequences. More than any other factor, vision affects the choices we make and the way we spend our time." A couple of quotes from Futurlogics from first the Imaginative MODE and then the Creative MODE: "Memory ties us to the past; our senses observe the present, but what mental process enables us to consider the future? Imagination is essential to prospective thought, suggesting that the analogy to the memory and sense observation may be the imagination. However, the power of imagination is essential not only to prospective thought, but to thought in general. We see this need immediately because we can imagine both the true and the false, the material and the immaterial. Imagination does more than enable the mind to view the future." . . . "We must realize that there will always be things and events that we can never create. There are limits. The ultimate limit may be man himself. God, who seems to leave us to ourselves, may one day reveal those limits. How much energy and power would it require to accomplish all the dreams of the mind? If we learn to work with nature, it may not require any energy at all, except that of intelligence. Making nature work for us is the art of creating a synthetic future we can live in. Brute force and exercising muscles in every direction with no control or forethought may produce a synthetic future which no one can tolerate." Building a vision for the future with its attending goals is best approached with the view that the future must be seen through Six thought streams or modes and synergized with Holistic Thinking. The benefit of studying a thinking system such as Futurlogics is as follows : With the advent and advancement of the computer there is now time to do what man can do better than the machines and that is really think and make good decisions. The Brain is so flexible that it can have millions of thinking systems for every purpose. Man must really learn to think again. Perhaps children think the way we should and we need a reminder to get back to that natural thought process. Computers and computer modeling have given man time to think and the winner in the competition to come is in the ones who are thinking best! Top Management will be equal in software and data processing as the Software Companies unify, so the differences will be in the companys who can OUT THINK their market competitors. Computer process data. People process knowledge. Foreknowledge is leverage to change the future! Below is a sample of a Futurlogics organically defined prospective thinking session. Futurlogics is predominantly a private thinking system but can be used in a group setting. Begin: Start by reviewing known historical facts, legends, writings on the subject of the Session realizing of course that the past is not history. This may establish the motives for the research. (A History of the past gives meaning and tradition. Futurlogics retrospective cycle generates the Retrospective Mode to produce the Absolute Future or solution. This cycle is very defensive of the Old Ideas and has the effect of volitive restriction and blunts the creative edge. These expressions are usually so called "proven ideas". This is in part a Right Brain approach) Second take the scientific method and look at the project of the Session with a clinical approach. This is Similar to some facets of the Scanning the current information and gathering it in with no prejudgement . (Observation gives us sequential order, clarity, definition and quantification. Futurlogics Observational Cycle generates the Observational Mode to produce the Natural Future or solution. This is where we step back and look at the propositions in the neutral form of learning. These are ideas every body can see; or, arrive at consensus. This similar to the Scientific Approach to discovery. This is in part a Left Brain approach) Third let loose the imagination and project ideas by extended associations. (Imagination gives us possibilities and brainstorms. Futurlogics Imagination Cycle generates the Imaginary Mode to produce the Imaginary Future or solution. These are positive extensions or extrapolations and unusual associations. Perhaps thought production that generate ideas for the sake of ideas.) Forth conduct a "What IF?" session next and extend logically. (Assumptions gives us movement (food for thought) and continuity in the face of the unknown; in other words at the frontiers. Futurlogics Assumptive Cycle generates the Assumptive Mode to produce the Artificial Future or solution. These are "What If" extensions or extrapolations and Imaginative associations. This is where experiments and risks are suspended to see what really will happen. Proofs can be generated by assuming certain things are true for the sake of continuing the research. This is essentially a "dry lab" of the creative mode. Here is where the hypothesizing takes place. In Covey's terms this is the first creation) Fifth see what you can make happen or deliberately create now. That is provide a conducive environment to free thought of a constructive nature. (Planning and Preparation leverages the making or designing of the future. Futurlogics Creative Cycle generates the Creative Mode to produce the Synthetic Future or solution. This is Synthesis not Analysis. Here is where ideas are reafied. In Covey's terms this is the second creation) Where is IT all going? Now envision the probable direction the discussion and discoveries will take this Session. This part may be unique to Futurlogics. (Predicting and Prospective thinking uses 'where it all going' to go farther. Futurlogics Prospective Cycle generates the Prospective mode to produce the Paradigm Future or solution. This is the nurture of the abstract ideas to see ahead. This is Visioning . This is where the ideas are projected up the timeline. The strong vision will be of great use in the "Seven Habits") The Paradigm Mode should reveal a "Paradigm Shift" as Thomas S. Kuhn who gave us the concept of Paragigm Shift as a catalyst of revolutionary change. If you do not detect any transforming newness that is creative or at least innovative, then repeat cycle/modes streaming from beginning until there is detected at least a mild "paradigm shift". It really does not matter which of the FUTURE(s) have definite shift or a force to obsolete old knowledge. At This stage of the Session as many as Six Futures are generated from the cycles and modes of Futurlogics. Now we examine the futures to see the impact the newly generated ideas have on the six streams of thought. The defining streams in future terms cause a GENERALIZATION and/or ABSTRACTION of the streams which aids in synthesis of the streams to two streams. This impact synthesis level could be called VISIONING of FUTURES as MODELS. One should be on the verge of both a private and a public synergy at this point. TIMELINE CONNECTED: We try to merge the Absolute Future, Natural Future, Paradigm Future to the Vision of the new knowledge. LEVELS OF INTELLIGENCE CONNECTED: We try to merge the Imaginary Future, Artificial Future, Synthetic Futures to the Vision of the new knowledge. DMP central action principle of VISIONING. Remember DMP is cycle free, mode free thinking. Now a free forum discussion is appropriate such as a Delphi Conference. (DMP is short for holistic thinking with insight and intuition fueling the synergy) This is a mode free thinking area to generate a VISION of where it is 'all' going. (MODAL Thinking is a method of thinking that ignors the other methods and is very focused in using this method exclusively. It is deductive reasoning) (MODEL Thinking is a method of thinking that synthesizes the other methods into its method. It is characterized by much unlearning as new things are introduced. and is very open to using this method inclusively. It is inductive reasoning.) This method can re-loop through in multiple cycles to produce the expanding spiral of thought that is the Futurlogics method/principle or in the Habit 7 of Coveys habit methods. Summary: Futurlogics is organically originated from natural thinking algorithms and is not "Group Think" originated. Futurlogics is "Personal Think". Once learned it is automatically self enhanced and it comes from the Self Teaching Principle. It is the basis of all self-reliance. "Group think" as in some popular thinking systems is not organic but artificial. Once learned it is minimally usable as a metacognition technique and requires constant training and is enhance by group practice. It is the result of responding to persons of great authority or credentials. The do more than jump start your thinking but do your thinking for you. Stephen R. Coveys "Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" can uses the above session as the tool to sharpen all the tools in his habit paradigm. I personally favor Futurlogics as it is my 'baby.' And I believe on it's effectiveness, if put in practice. Yes you need this WHET STONE to sharpen your saw. In these days of turbulent times the following scripture needs review. Numbers 11:29 29 And Moses said unto him, Enviest thou for my sake? would God that all the LORD'S people were prophets, [and] that the LORD would put his spirit upon them! Afterthoughts: ( There is a time to think and there is time to do otherwise. "Covey's Pause" or Futurlogics' "Waiting" which is the 'creative and clarifying pause'; or, first seek to understand and then to be understood.) (Training the mind to capture and preserve first impressions can be very useful to creativity, insight, intuition. First Impressions, if not protected can be mutated by thinking that does not respect DMP of FUTURLOGICS. ) last updated October 30,2005 last updated May 15,2006 last updated Aug 2011 removed broken link
The study of the future develops advanced thinking methods and models.
The principles of Prediction, Waiting(Scheduling),Preparation,Planning are improved by Futurlogics and visa versa.
Models are the product of Inductive logic
Modals are the product of Deductive logic
DMP is a dual acronym for (D)irect (M)ind (P)erception and (D)irect (M)ental (P)rocess at once.
DMP is the product of the compound of Inductive and Deductive logic
DMP is true parallel thinking or Holistic Thinking.
Here are FUTURLOGICS parallel thinking modes/models :
Retrospective mode ... Absolute future
Observational mode ... Natural future
Imaginary mode ... Imaginary future
Assumptive mode ... Artificial future
Creative mode ... Synthetic future
Model mode ... Paradigm future
Spectrum of FUTURLOGICS parallel thinking modes/models :
Ignorance ... Unbelief ... Prejudice ... Denial ... Blackness
Retrospective mode ... Absolute future ... Red earth history and tradition
Observational mode ... Natural future ... Yellow physics of our sun and its science
Imaginary mode ... Imaginary future ... Blue sky and free thought of imagination
Assumptive mode ... Artificial future ... Orange choice, risk, subconscious gambling, passions
Creative mode ... Synthetic future ... Green synthesis of the leaf of the tree of creation
Model mode ... Paradigm future ... Violet integration of modal and model thought projection of the future
FUTURLOGICS ... Rainbow Spectrum ... a system to organize the spectrums of thought
DMP ... White light of intelligence and intuition
Man is the final unit of measure and is the fractile of the Universe.
Futurlogics is a Thinking System and a Method of Research using the minds reaction to the concept/reality of the future. This is the system of research used to investigate the unknown by developing the natural intuition in all of us.
History as a point of reference for charting the course ahead is obsolete. Soon absolutes will become mere variables. New tools are needed to prepare for the times ahead.
Futurlogics is an expanding spiral of thought to organize and systemize all the principles of thinking future through DMP.
Predicting, preparing, and planning with the understanding gained through reading this handbook will liberate the mind to think as it should.