Fear of Failure Magnification Effect

Fear of Failure Magnification Effect

We set SMART goals and their achievements is the parameter of our success. Many times we fail to achieve them. The greater the gap between the levels of reaching our targeted goals and what we achieve is, the bigger our failure we feel is.

The keyword here is failure. This is discouraging for we know that failure is the springboard to success. In complex systems that are prone to the butterfly effect deviation from the target is possible. Focusing on the results is stressing. Being excessively obsessed by achieving goals blind us to the lessons we may learn from the journey and the reasons behind the failure. Setting goals fixes the mind and its growth from the lessons learned during the journey to achieve set goals. The fear of not achieving them will cloud our minds from seeing the learning opportunities.

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More disturbing is our propensity to magnify failures and make them bigger than what really they are. We see the β€œvoids” of failure bigger and get even more stressed. This in turn reduces our mindsets elasticity to bounce back from failure. Instead of having growing mindsets we tend to fix them. identifying cognitive distortions (faulty ways of thinking) result from such magnified failure feelings.

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Reaching a goal is a journey and in each step of it we need to get feedback of so as to adapt and may even change the path of the journey.

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) miss greatly having what I call for (Feedback KPIs). Feedback KPIs are the indicators that prompt us to make the journey adaptable, realistic and a journey of learning. Even reaching goals without Feedback KPIs may boost our confidence, but shall deny us of the prospect to learn from the journey. This is a serious drawback.

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Fear is the antagonist of creativity. Failing to achieve goals will not allow the experimentation of new ideas and approaches. Fear is a freezer of creativity.

Not reaching specific goals will engulf us with many different cascading forms of fear. Fear of sacking, fear of being mocked at, fear of losing confidence, fear of labeling as incompetent, fear of recruiting staff with different experiences, but with wider view and imagination and fear of being daring to explore. The compounded effect of these fears is greater than their sum.

Creativity is what keeps a business in the blue ocean and we place people in the read ocean of fear.
Ali Anani, PhD

We experience a living case. Researchers are seeking to find cure for the corona virus. Imagine telling these researchers you have one month to find a drug for it. Will these researches focus on trying different approaches and experimenting them, or would they be filled with fear to try any new idea? The fear of uncertainty shall whelm those researchers.

What do you think? I believe that businesses passionate with KPIs are not creative enough to face the changing landscape of business. Fear is creativity killer.


I dedicate this post to the couple Charlee Hanna and David Hanna for their continued support exceeds beyond what words can say.


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Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#30
Jerry Fletcher Dear Jerry- your comment is consistent and supports my thought on feedback indicators. We are in agreement.

Jerry Fletcher

Jerry Fletcher

1 year ago #29

#29
Dr. Ali, the key is feedback. Often, things like KPIs are the invention of academics. I work with guys and gals t hat have been and are in the trenches usually in the C-suite. the better ones all look for real feedback mechanisms and are not above getting their hands dirty in the operation to find what works. And so it goes.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#28
Jerry Fletcher Dear Jerry, your comment brings to many issues that need further discussions. AS complex as the human body is, measurement of body temperature and pressure may give indication of the healthiness of the body. As much as the weather is complex, wind speed, humidity, temperature and pressure are indicative of the weather forecast for the next few days. I love the idea of your friend to use Key Volume Indicators for it is simple. What we need more in my opinion is indicators to inform us how good the feedback is along the path. This helps in adapting the journey.

Jerry Fletcher

Jerry Fletcher

1 year ago #27

Dr. Ali, One of my clients finds KPIs useless. He prefers Key Volume Indicators (KVI). as he says, "This is data available that best reflects current and near-term levels of business activity. It may be one simple measure such as gallons or tons ordered. In the case of businesses with a more complex product or service mix, each key business line may need a specific KVI. The KVI should be linked to a ratio of labor required to deliver the product or service. This allows the Leadership Team to calculate the labor hours required to meet demand. Measures such as Units Ordered and Hours Worked are more useful in determining ratios and making business adjustments. The other important aspect is to have the KVI’s reported graphically as daily trends, with the current data compared to forecast or previous period. This will make the impacts clearly visible quickly and enable rapid adjustments by the team. " And so it goes.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#26
Fay Vietmeier Very well-expressed comment dear Fay.

Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #25

#22
@Neil Smith What you share reminds me of the mission & values statements that are empty words ... rain clouds that never rain Platitudes ... from plastic people If a company can't walk their talk they should just be silent ;~)

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#24
Dear Fay Vietmeier My spiritual-mentor-you make me wonder because whatever I like you see to find a spiritual explanation for it. Yes, no one knows to which direction the wind blows and we shall never know. We make reasonable guesses,but we can not make precise predictions. The weather forecasts are the proof to what I say. I wonder my friend if you read the excellent comment by Neil Smith #22. Here is a new sharp mind and Neil is most welcome.

Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #23

#21
Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee I found the slideshare https://www.slideshare.net/hudali15/complexity-thoughts ... excellent my dear Professor ... ... the comments about the wind made me think of this very key moment ... Nicodemus visits Jesus at night wanting to learn more about what he was teaching; Jesus answered, β€œVery truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit[b] gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, β€˜You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” ~ John 3

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#22
Neil Smith Your comment is valuable and strengthens what I suggested in this post. Your experienced example speaks volume. Your end line "The kind of company that made efforts to listen to their staff, would probably have much less need for KPIs in the first place " is terrific. Indeed, KPIs most of the time are just for control and not for adapting and adjusting the plan. I love your mind. I do,

Neil Smith

Neil Smith

1 year ago #21

I once worked in a business with (I think ) twenty seven KPIs on the staff room wall. Some, like the price of crude oil, were completely outside of our control . Others were not relevant to our site . Month after month we missed our targets . Month after month nobody from head office got in touch to investigate and month after month we,the staff on site , cared not a jot for next month's new target and last month's old failures . The kind of company that made efforts to listen to their staff, would probably have much less need for KPIs in the first place .

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#20
Fay Vietmeier WOW! I love your comment. It is sensible and speaks to my heart and mind. Smiled reading my dear your line "Picture in your mind: one pendulum swings one way …and the other pendulum swings the other". Immediately you reminded me of my presentation on SlideShare "Complexity thoughts:. This presentation has (1328) downloads. In it I envisage each leaf of a tree as a pendulum and how these in a windy day synchronize their movement to produce music. I even embedded a video with the leaves whistling.

Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #19

#19
Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee First congrats on the level of engagement on LI I saw the comment by that you refer to ... I too was touched by the sincerity ... the application and the timing of this post This we all hope for ;~) β€œThe Synchronicity of Serendipity, Epiphany & Coincidence” https://www.bebee.com/producer/@fay-vietmeier-pennsylvania/the-synchronicity-of-serendipity-epiphany-coincidence β€œStudy the science of art. Study the art of science. Develop your senses … especially learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci There is movement in synchronicity: a flowing out … a point of meeting … a flowing back The movement of β€œinteraction & feedback” facilitates creativity & helps us find a place of agreement… and synchronicity … Like the pendulums on a clock … Picture in your mind: one pendulum swings one way …and the other pendulum swings the other

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#18
Dear Fay Vietmeier I am glad that this post interests you because it is one of the closest to my heart. I hope your sagacious son finds it of value. On LinkedIn this post has more than fifty four comments so far. Some of these comments moved me. In one comment the author said that the timing of this post saved him lots of trouble. This is my real reward- that someone finds value at a time it is needed. I thank you for highlighting the main points of the post. You did admirably well. I also thank you my "co-author" writer for sharing the post. Million thanks.

Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #17

Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee My dear Professor ... what rich insights in this post ... I am honored to be sharing it ;~) ... jumping in with delay ;~) to a vibrant conversation ... Also ... sent this to my entrepreneurial, sagacious son ... who at times is like a wild stallion running in the field ... β€œsuccess” requires much patience and so many internal qualities & attributes to respond & change course ... plus enjoy the journey Sometimes there is such a rush to arrive at a destination that one misses the joy ... or as you so well point out the lessons ;~) Great points: ... The greater the gap between the levels of reaching our targeted goals and what we achieve is, the bigger our failure we feel is. ... Being excessively obsessed by achieving goals blind us to the lessons we may learn from the journey and the reasons behind the failure. ... The fear of not achieving them will cloud our minds from seeing the learning opportunities. ... Reaching a goal is a journey and in each step of it we need to get feedback of so as to adapt and may even change the path of the journey. ... Feedback KPIs are the indicators that prompt us to make the journey adaptable, realistic and a journey of learning

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#16
I have just read and commented on your super post dear CityVP Manjit. I repeat here my comment hoping that readers of this post would also read yours. The two combined posts integrate so well together. Dear @CityVP Manjit This is a fantastic post. I did what I rarely do- share it on three hives. As much as this post is an accolade on my chest, it is also a most enriching post. So many gems embedded in the context such as: β€’ Can we live a psychologically rich experience without sacrificing ourselves to a goal? β€’ A lot of great things have been created through single minded pursuits which left the individual relegating everything for the sake of achieving one thing. β€’ In terms of goals there can be No Goal or Anti-Goal or alternatives as described in this video : β€’ we love what is we are doing - which generates a flow experience β€’ Why do we have to put a prefix like "Original" to the word thinker, unless we have learned NOT TO THINK. I see that both of us are on the same wavelength. Manjit, you elaborated on goals and leaving out the anti-goals. You remind me of Nassim Taleb who invented antifragility becauae resilience is the balance between the two opposites. Yes, when we gain something we must also look for what we lose. I covered this subject in one of my most read posts: https://www.bebee.com/producer/@ali-anani/when-you-gain-look-for-what-you-lose You expressed this brilliantly in your post "When brand is left alone as creative expression, it wins awards but does not achieve its central and very basic purpose to sell something it was meant to sell".

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

1 year ago #15

I am afraid you were proven right again my Dear Ali Anani - what should have been an after lunch stroll turned into an afternoon marathon for me. That means using my own language this is more "spontaneous combustion". Here is my Paradox Wisdom to your buzz i have entitled Smart Branding & Personal Goals : https://www.bebee.com/producer/@cityvp/smart-branding-personal-goals

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

I responded to Czeslaw as follows: Dear Czeslaw. There is nothing to please me like reading your comment. If I wish to get a feedback it is what you mentioned "it as a blessing instead of coincidence". It is interesting that you mention the music tone example. We often use this as an example of a musicians playing a tone and suddenly one musician makes a "noise". The musicians try to attune to the faulty noise and all of a a sudden a great peace of music appears. It is self-organizing from the darkness of the chaotic tone. This is emergence. I pray that that the noise in your music will bring also new and emerging solutions to future problems. From what you said I say- yes, you are on the edge of a breakthrough. With my best wishes

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

On the re=shared post on LinkedIn it has so far more than one thousand views and more than forty five comments. One comment that touched my heart is the one blow. I reshare it because its content is relevant to all of us. It is the comment of @Czeslaw Cimachowski Dear Ali. Your post came to me just in time. I consider it as a blessing instead of coincidence. I have experienced yesterday a failure in completing a task, according to established procedure ......(like playing music-every note must be plaid in proper order and time to keep the music in tune :) My failure didn’t cause any damage nor loses this time but was leading to dangerous situation if not instantly corrected. I have learned from my failure a great deal. It was a valuable lesson. I have analyzed the procedure and see the way for an improvement to reduce the risk for another failure in the future. Will other see the same way? or just simply blame on me !!! ending: β€œcase closed”. Time will show !

John Rylance

John Rylance

1 year ago #12

#12
Josh Kaufman uses it in a piece he wrote entitled Fear of Failure. I found it when a goggled fear of failure on line. It was an interesting read.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#10
Excellent comment John Rylance I am tasting failure because I am unable to pronounce Kakorrhaphiobia. I haven't heard of it and the spell check underlines it with read. Is it English? You are very right. As children with labels of failures we reflect this on others. They reflect back with more failure expressions. The negative loop keeps self-reinforcing and once we are matured we are also filled with this intensified feelings. We should all communicate what Pascal Derrien defined failure in his comment

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#9
I love your definition of failure Pascal Derrien. You inspired me with a title for a post that I am drafting. It is "success is the constrained seed in the shell of failure" I thank you also for your reshare of the post .

John Rylance

John Rylance

1 year ago #9

#8
#7 The inner dialogue around failure, can start in childhood, caused by hyper- critical adults in the form of damaging mindsets. By adults I don't mean just parents, others like teachers, sports coaches can make the child feel a failure. This can lead to in latter life the child to avoid failure.becomes a perfectionist. Perfectionism the root of failure as being so terrible and humiliating they don't try. Have you heard of this word. Kakorrhaphiobia, I believe it means abnormal, personal, irrational fear of failure.

Pascal Derrien

Pascal Derrien

1 year ago #8

I have stopped using the word failure I call them a misled achievement :-)

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#7
Thank you for your sharing the link to your great post dear Edward Lewellen. I love the post. As an appetizer I quote the last line of your important post hoping readers of this post would read yours as well: "Most articles and posts are about achieving success, yet, many people have inner dialog telling them they're a failure"

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#5
This is shockingly surprising, though very welcome. Maybe you consider writing a post on this dear Zacharias. It shall be interesting.

Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris

This whole thing reminds me of the annealing process of metals. Interesting this simple process of increasingly constrained movement as the metal solidifies, has inspired more than one optimization algorithms. Funny how on some level we operate similarly, even if we are not aware of it. Cheers!

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#3
Debasish Majumder There is a sweet limit even to stress and behind which the sweetness turns into bitterness dear friend. Yes, I concur with you.

Debasish Majumder

Debasish Majumder

1 year ago #3

but in many occasions fear has triggered to dispel it altogether and paved the way for new approaches too. however, lovely insight sir Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee! enjoyed read and shared. thank you for the buzz sir.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Dear Mohammed Abdul Jawad I am deeply thankful for your splendid reshare of the post.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

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