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When We Change, Everything Changes

The esteemed inspirational teacher, Jim Rohn, left us with this wise statement, “When We Change, Everything Changes.”  There is a lot of truth in this statement which we need to embrace. Too often we want our family members to change; we expect our friends or co-workers to change and yet they don’t. The fact is – change is a personal undertaking. It requires our attention which equates to TIME. As we begin to change – we will discover our whole world changing in response to us.

Change is a choice. Little-by-little we can change most every area of our lives when we make that decision.  The Logic Die can become a valuable tool in the process of change.  It provides the needed structure to facilitate your desired change by helping you to Focus, Ask Questions, Seek Advice and then develop a workable Plan of Action.

Change starts with us taking an in-depth analytical look at ourselves. We benefit the most when we take the time to write out our analysis. When our own written words stare us in the face they can provide us with the motivation to change. For me, sometimes, this can be uncomfortable. I hate telling myself to exercise or settle for being fat and out of shape. But the truth is the truth. Exercise or else.

Although, change may be painful initially, you will quickly discover that the rewards for change are enormous. You will enjoy the benefits you reap from controlling and directing your minds power. You will literally change your destiny and come closer to living your dreams instead of just dreaming them. Now is your time to change and be blessed in doing so.

Copyright © 2017 Stanley J. Reynolds





What is the LogicDie™?

     The LogicDie™ aka the GoldDie™ is a tool designed to aid in the critical thinking process. It outlines a step-by-step method for solving problems and completing projects. The LogicDie™ is a memory tool, or mnemonic device. Each side of the die creates a reminder of a basic principle that helps us think through the practical steps for facilitating change and achieving goals. Its a Thinking Tool.

Oxford University Press’s publication, THE OXFORD COMPANION TO THE MIND, provides us with a clear explanation of the word mnemonics: “In general terms, mnemonics are mental techniques aimed at helping us to learn and remember specific items of information. They provide organization in terms of which we can more easily comprehend and remember information…”

Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary defines logic: “The science of the formal principles of reasoning” They define a device as: “A piece of equipment or mechanism designed to serve a special purpose or perform a special function.”

By combining the previous definitions we form the understanding of the term LogicDie™:

The LogicDie™ is a piece of equipment that establishes mental techniques for remembering a system of formal reasoning.

Department of EducationThe UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION funded a major project for the AMERICAN INSTITUTE FOR RESEARCH to produce a report under agreement H326K020003 titled, “Using Mnemonics Instructions to Facilitate Access to the General Education.”

Here are some key findings:  Mnemonics instruction facilitates access to the general education curriculum by giving students the tools they need to better encode information so that it will be much easier to retrieve it from memory at later points. Mnemonics is a memory enhancing instructional strategy that involves teaching students to link new information that is taught to them to the information that they already know.

My Aunt Betty says, “The LogicDie™ helps us to put common sense into action, which is not so common these days.”

Under Evidence of Effectiveness, we learned:  All four experiments of the study repeatedly showed that those students who use mnemonics substantially outperformed those who did not use them… Mnemonic instruction has also been shown to be an effective strategy for increasing student comprehension test scores.

The research report concluded:  Teachers and administrators should consider mnemonic instruction a useful tool on a continuum of strategies that require varying levels of teacher involvement and student independence.” 

Conclusion: The LogicDie is a common sense tool that helps you Solve Problems, Reduce Stress and get More Done. Pretty Cool!

©2017 by Stanley J. Reynolds





From “Pissed” to “Peace”

Sometimes the stresses of life cause us to get angry and upset; you could even say we are, “Pissed Off.” When this happens, we lose our “Peace of Mind.” This is a normal part of life; but it is no fun.  The things we get aggravated about are issues and people that we label as “Problems.”  Problems are anything that causes us undue stress, which in turn pisses us off.

How do we deal with our problems? How do we reduce our stress so we can regain peace of mind?

Here’s an idea: Let’s convert our problems into projects by running them through the LogicDie’s one-two-three thinking process. This will help us to develop a workable “Plan of Action.”

Grab a sheet of paper and pencil so we can get started. NOTE: Writing is extremely important for our success.

1.)    Step one is to focus. We need to clearly identify why we are pissed and what we can do about it.

a.       As we write out what we are upset about, our brain begins to reprocess our thinking. Empirical studies show that this process alone helps to reduce stress.

b.      Our objective is to bring clarity to the real issue. By articulating the facts on paper, our brain reduces the intensity of our emotions and improves our comprehension of the actual issues that need to be addressed.

c.       We will become more objective as we ponder our written words.

2.)    Step two is as simple as ask ourselves questions. Prudent questions lead to relevant answers.

a.       The right questions create a pathway to identifying workable plans of action.

b.      Examples: Does it truly require action?  What can I do?  Who can help? What is my next step? When should I do it?

3.)    Step three is seek advice and then to return to step one.

a.       Each time we seek advice we have a better understanding of what we should or should not do. Returning to step one helps us to refine our understanding and develop our plan. Plans put into action produce results.

What next? Follow Nike’s advice, “Just Do It!”

When we convert our problems into projects by developing workable plans that are put into action, we will enjoy the benefits of progress. Progress produces Peace of Mind and helps to eliminate that Pissed Off feeling. — There you go, from Pissed to Peace!   Stan Reynolds

What is Einstein’s concept of Education?

“Education is not the learning of Facts, but the training of the mind to think.” Albert Einstein

Was Einstein’s educational priority for his students to teach them the thinking process rather than a massive quantity of facts?  What do you think?

He also said, “Imagination is the true sign of intelligence, not knowledge.”

Good News: The LogicDie provides us with a systematic process for thinking.

Letter to President Trump

January 24, 2017

President Donald J. Trump,

RE: Education, Entrepreneurship and Personal Responsibility – Appointment Request

President Donald J. Trump 2017 Inauguration

Greetings Mr. President,

Congratulations! Thank you for your commitment to serve our country.

I would like to propose a puzzle piece for economic and social growth. It requires individuals to take a large degree of personal responsibility. It is delivered in a simplistic educational/training process utilizing a mnemonic device to anchor its lessons. It empowers individuals to solve problems and achieve goals. It is a system of organized thinking that requires action.

Our country reached its first level of greatness through the economic growth spurred by the ingenuity of entrepreneurs. Moms and dads utilized their imagination to solve problems and open new businesses. Today we need to equip and empower individuals that are willing to invest their sweat equity to prosper. Prosper by utilizing their critical thinking skills, creative imagination and the numerous resources already available to them.

Sometimes to go forward we need to step back. Andrew Carnegie shared his own rules for personal achievement with Napoleon Hill based on the promise that Hill would organize these rules into a philosophy of success. This philosophy was to be available to every person who had the ambition to master and use them. Together they laid the foundation for the self-help movement that made America Great. Good news, now there is a mnemonic device that can quickly and easily deliver these principles; the Logic Die.

You stated in your inauguration address that America has, “An education system flush with cash but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge.” Mr. President, you can take a step towards making America Great again by transforming our educational system. Infuse it with time tested and well proven self-help principles coupled together with a system of organized thinking.

I respectfully request a 4 to 6 minute appointment with you, Mr. President, to share the vision of how you can use a mnemonic device to empower the people both young and old to achieve their goals. When the people prosper America will be Great Again.

Thank you for your consideration.  Stan

A Call for 20/20 Vision

The clearer your Vision becomes the more likely you are to hit the target thereby causing it to become your reality.

Here the word “vision” can represent your goals, objectives or desires. It is a detailed description of the project you wish to accomplish. While the term 20/20 represents the highest level of clarity or detail that you can establish for your project. Ask yourself, “What does this completed project look like?  How can I best describe it?”

Creating our 20/20 Vision is an ongoing process as we determine what our completed project should look like. It is the process of writing out our Vision, and rewriting it, that literally makes our Vision come to life. The written word gives substances to your thoughts and creates a platform for you to move forward. It is commonly accepted that plans become goals only after they have been written.

What goals in your life deserve the time to develop 20/20 Vision?