Improve when Predict, Observe, Get Feedback, and Adjust

This is what we do, all the time.  We decide what to do by “predicting” that what we do will accomplish our hoped for objective.  Subconsciously or consciously we predict going to the grocery store will give us food.  Going on a walk will help us feel more relaxed.  Exercising will make us more fit.  etc….

I am doing research in this area, that is encouraging behaviors related to improved outcomes. As I have gotten further along I realize I am getting lost in the weeds.  I read an article about Neural Networks, and despite its seemingly complex topic, it snapped me back into reality. The article compared and contrasted how brains and computers determine the best choice.  It explained:

…For a neural network to learn, there has to be an element of feedback involved—just as children learn by being told what they’re doing right or wrong. In fact, we all use feedback, all the time. Think back to when you first learned to play a game like ten-pin bowling. As you picked up the heavy ball and rolled it down the alley, your brain watched how quickly the ball moved and the line it followed, and noted how close you came to knocking down the skittles. Next time it was your turn, you remembered what you’d done wrong before, modified your movements accordingly, and hopefully threw the ball a bit better. So you used feedback to compare the outcome you wanted with what actually happened, figured out the difference between the two, and used that to change what you did next time (“I need to throw it harder,” “I need to roll slightly more to the left,” “I need to let go later,” and so on). The bigger the difference between the intended and actual outcome, the more radically you would have altered your moves…

In other words, we learn from feedback obtained by comparing what we thought would happen, our prediction, to what did happen, our observation.  A vital component of this process is to make sure we observe relevant events of the multitude of possible areas of interest possible to observe so the feedback we gain helps and is relevant.  It also appears vital to use monitoring of observations or those views to improve accuracy, but still are likely to be tainted by bias.

Observations become bias and get skewed because they can be jarring if things did not turn out as desired and we believe improvement is difficult or unlikely.  We must understand, learning always happens, for good or bad, and things continue to change.  This means it is vital to keep our eye on where we want to go and learn, that is develop, the best way to reach our idealized outcome.  As noted, keeping our aim constant is important.

As I have noted in previous posts, this is a paneugenesis process of continuous and never ending improvement.  In this process, it is vital to FIRST identify the Idealized Outcome.  What is the desired outcome or desired aim?  With Paneugenesis, the aim is to generate comprehensive improvements by creating pervasive, reciprocal, selfish, selfless, synergistic interactions so everyone and everything benefits.  In other words, the goal is not for just individual gain, though that is a consequence, but for systematic gains so everyone and everything benefits.

Developing these beneficial interactions will require the use of predictions and observations to get feedback so we will know how to improve.  As noted, observations need to be accurate, or the feedback will not be as helpful as it could be.  My research is focused on how to use technology to enable us to get quick, accurate, personal, objective feedback and how this can facilitate an improved adjustment process to facilitate better outcomes.  These techniques have proven to be highly successful when used  for Statistical Process Control or SPC in the manufacturing process.

Getting the feedback however is only part of the process.  We then must use that feedback to educate ourselves about how to alter or adjust our efforts.  As noted, this can be hard if we are unsure we can improve or don’t know how to improve.  Adaptations or adjustments to the process, however, are the only way to continually improve and make progress.  As quality management guru W. Edwards Deming proclaimed, “Continually improve the process and the product will take care of itself.”  By the way, Deming called this a PDSA or Plan Do Study Act process.

Plotting or noting progress is also vital because noting or recognizing progress, a positive outcome, makes it more likely we will again engage in the paneugenesis process to make more progress.  Progress generates the positive reinforcement of good feelings for oneself.  Improved outcomes in education would be better learning outcomes, or in business they could be better customer satisfaction, and or improved productivity. Positive outcomes produce good feelings of pride, accomplishment, achievement and or helpfulness which in turn inspire more improvement.

A way to make this happen is …

Practice Paneugenesis using this 4 Step to Process

  1. Determine Desired Idealized Outcome
  2. Develop Necessary Precursors to make Desired Outcome Possible
  3. Optimize the Process to Develop Skills and abilities that  Precursors possible, and
  4. Plot Progress to document, demonstrate, and celebrate Improvement

I look forward to hearing about the progress you make in generating comprehensive improvements by practicing selfish, selfless, synergistic act of paneugenesis.

Be Well’r,
Craig Becker

Be selfish, selfless, & synergistic so everyone and everything benefits!

If you want to contact me:
Email: BeWellr@gmail.com

There are No Problems — Just Opportunities

There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.                                                  – William Shakespeare

If we want a better world, we should take action to make it so.  To make it so, Einstein suggested:

The world we have created is a product of our thinking; it cannot be changed without changing our thinking.  ~Albert Einstein

and…

“The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.” –Albert Einstein

In other words, there are NO PROBLEMS – Just opportunities to improve…  Once again it is perspective.

Our perspective can change from how to find and fix problems to imagining what could be and how to make it so.  As Simon Sinek suggests…

Before we can build the world we want to live in, we have to imagine it. Greatness starts with a clear vision of the future.

and…

We have to dream. How else will we make a future that does not yet exist?

In other words, we must use our imagination to think about how to create better.  Marienne Chism describes the change as creating:

Creating is different from problem solving.  As long as therein a problem to focus on, we spend time and resources making new policies and fixing what is broken.  As long as there is a problem that has been fixed, there will emerge in its place yet another problem to be fixed.” – Marienne Chism from “No-Drama Leadership: How enlightened leaders transform the workplace”

Creativity is needed because:

Intelligence looks for what is known to solve problems. Creativity looks for what is unknown to discover possibilities. – Simon Sinek

Bad things happen that need to be fixed, however we should always work to create more good. An example of how they are doing both  in Vermont is in the video, enjoy!

Be Well’r,
Craig Becker

Be selfish, selfless, & synergistic so everyone and everything benefits!

If you want to contact me:
Email: BeWellr@gmail.com

Wise Words from Comedian!

In Don Ardell’s 762nd Ardell Wellness Reports he shared a 6:42 minutes link to Tim Minchin’s excellent commencement speech.  This clip shares what I found to be 9 Insightful Life Lessons.  I hope you it also, enjoy!

Make it a great week!

Be Well’r,
Craig Becker

Be selfish, selfless, & synergistic so everyone and everything benefits!

If you want to contact me:
Email: BeWellr@gmail.com

Health Knowledge Never Changes

For some reason, I often incorrectly hear, “Information about health always changes.”  This is completely FALSE.  Health is not a problem to be fixed but an opportunity to enjoy.

What causes health, has been and always will be the same.  Information about causes and cures for disease may evolve as we learn more about what cause difficulties, and causes of health may enlarge, but things that are health causing stay health causing.

What causes health,which is defined by the World Health Organization as the “state of complete physical, mental and social, well-being, and not merely the absence of disease and infirmity” (WHO, 1948) does not and will not change.

Humans can become more healthy and not just less sick in many ways, such as:

  1. Physical: Exerting energy by being physically active so our heart, lungs and physical system grow stronger and work better.  Physical is also intimately related to our nutrition intake. Eating real food, not processed food, including animal based foods, causes us to be healthier. Physical well-being also has a secondary benefit, an improved immune function, thus better physical well-being is an effective way to prevent problems.
  2. Mental: Personal development, learning more, constantly challenging ourselves to learn and do more things increases mental well-being.  It also provides a path to help us develop purpose and meaning in life.  A purpose and meaning relates to emotional well-being which benefits physical, mental and social well-being.  All our states are interrelated and interdependent.
  3. Social: Creating connections to people and organizations and learning how to improve and share in the journey of our lives that facilitates our purpose and meaning enhances social well-being.

What makes or causes health, what is termed salutogenesis – the orgins of health, also effectively, as a secondary benefit, prevents problems.  If it is not enough to just prevent problems we must cause physical, mental and social well-being to happen.  There will always be uncertainty in life, enhancing our health provides us with the immediate benefit of feeling good for doing good, and it enables us or give us the ability to recover if something does happen.

For example, I was in a near fatal car accident in 1984 when I was 17.  At the time I had excellent physical, mental and social well-being.  Because I had previously caused health, I was able to recover and do what I do today.  If I had only been motivated to be healthy in case something bad would happen, it is unlikely I would be here today.

Cause health, as has always been the way, by making your physical, mental and social well-being the best it can be.  Doing so gives you a better today and tomorrow, and also protects you when life becomes difficult.

I look forward to hearing how you make today and tomorrow better by acting now!

Make it a great week!

Be Well’r,
Craig Becker

Be selfish, selfless, & synergistic so everyone and everything benefits!

If you want to contact me:
Email: BeWellr@gmail.com

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