Since I read the book titled Kaizen, I find myself eyeballing a zillion items that yesterday would have gone unnoticed. And worse, untouched.
If I wasn’t in a position to complete the task in one sitting, I would wait until I could find the time to complete the task. This has proven time and again to be a wasteful decision. (Kaizen goes against the popular teaching to finish what you start all at once. The Kaizen approach eventually completes the task, but not instantaneously.)
Kaizen comes into play in virtually all aspects of your life. Cleaning. Building. Eating. Exercising. Working. Let’s use French Fry Potatoes as an example of how Kaizen works. You do not have to give up French Fries cold turkey once you introduce the Kaizen philosophy. Trying to quit all at once is virtually impossible. Your brain will fight you, and you will lose every time.
Here is what I want you to consider. Order the fries. Then before you begin eating, throw one of them away. Just one. Then eat what is left. The next time you order these tasty health bombs, throw two fries away before digging in. Get the idea? Little steps. Big difference. Soon you will be refusing to pay $1.25 for two sticks of fried potato.
But what about exercise? The same logic applies. You are not about to jog for 60-minutes on the treadmill fresh off the couch. I want you to stand on the treadmill for one minute. Just stand there looking stupid. Day two, stand for two minutes. Day three, stand for 60 seconds and walk for 60 seconds. This assignment, as you can agree, is non-intimidating no matter who you are.
Day by day, step-by-step, you will soon be working up a sweat while enjoying the process.
(My wife and I are doing this exact thing after walking past our workout room in our home for nearly six months.)
I cannot remember being this excited about sharing my thoughts on any one particular topic in a long time. Your life could be on the verge of changing for the good. Fast, easy, and soon. It all started for me at my kitchen table while reading the morning paper. My wife showed me a book review of One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way, written by Robert Maurer, Ph.D.
Since I often remind seminar attendees that Olympic Gold is usually won by thousandths of a second, the concept of taking small steps to achieve goals was not new to me.
The Japanese might have given it its name, Kaizen, but what it involves is simply continuous improvement. Taking small steps toward a desired goal is the key. All you need to do is identify little things and make small improvements to each one. It is a beautiful, non-intimidating mind-set. And it works. Because it is easy.
But where else can Kaizen behavior help you? Let me count the ways:
Whether you want to clean the attic, garage, closet or the trunk of your car, just the thought of it probably gives you a little stomach acid. As a result, these cleaning chores are postponed indefinitely.
This behavior can be yesterdays news if you subscribe to the Kaizen approach. Stop worrying about cleaning anything. All you have to do is pick up one book that is lying on the floor and put it back in its place. The next time you pass the closet, pick up or rearrange one garment. When in the garage put a screwdriver back in its holster. Take small, non-intimidating steps. You will soon be amazed with your progress.
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