Somewhere deep inside of us there has to be some sort of progression gene. Something that spurs us on to becoming better aspects of ourselves. We can feel it’s presence when life starts to feel dull and boring.
But the problem is that we really don’t like to change. We think we do but we don’t. We hate it. Even fight and rage against it. We’re lazy creatures if we’re allowed to be.
Who wouldn’t want to be on a beach somewhere relaxing right now?
But in the end, whether we like it or not, life keeps moving forward. Change is a constant within the universe. One that we really try hard to ignore.
So how can we really tackle the whole self-improvement thing then?
If we really don’t like to turn off the Vampire Diaries, get up off the couch and do those sit-ups or read that book is there something out there that can make this process a little bit easier on us?
I think there is…
It’s called Kaizen, which is usually translated as “improvement” or in the business circles as “continuous improvement”.
Toyota adopted this philosophy. Even Anthony Robbins based his CANI (Constant and Never-Ending Improvement) method around the Kaizen philosophy.
Dr. Robert Maurer, a psychologist and author says the Kaizen philosophy is simple and easy to apply. “Great change is made through small steps.”
In his book “One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way” he lays out some techniques like:
- Ask small questions
- Think smaller thoughts
- Take small actions
- Solve small problems
- Give small rewards
- Recognize the small mistakes before they become big ones
It’s always good to dream big. The elaborate and vivid visions of your future will compel you to burst through the atmosphere of your own inertia. But when it comes down to the nitty gritty of change and making it easy for ourselves it seems that small doses of it may be best.
So start small. Start now. Start to become an inspirational life.
Inspiring You To Greatness