Kaizen

Today’s word comes from the Japanese.  And I absolutely love this word.  I’ll tell you why in a moment.

The word is kaizen which is a noun that means improvement — especially continuous improvement.  Slow incremental but constant improvement.

I know that it is already February in 2010.  But, New Year’s Resolutions are still on my mind. (Heck, I’m not just thinking about them, I’m even actually working on some!)

Sometimes goals are intimidating.  I get overwhelmed.  I get discouraged.  I throw in the towel and stop working on them all together.

But, if I use the kaizen approach to my goals, they won’t be so overwhelming.  This is why I love that word.  This gives me hope that I can succeed in whatever my endeavors are.

You’ve probably heard the saying, ‘By the inch it’s a cinch.  By the yard, it’s hard.’  One of my college roommates would say, “How do you eat an elephant?  One bite at a time.”  That’s the kaizen way of doing things — in small yet steady steps.

‘Write the great American novel’ is a totally overwhelming goal.  But, writing 3 sentences everyday is totally doable.  Totally.

The idea of losing 50 pounds sends me to my pantry in search of comfort food.  But, eating smaller portions at supper tonight is something that I know I can do that won’t be too painful.

Kaizen.  Chip away slowly, in small steady steps at something you want to improve.  Slow and steady = progress.

I hope you implement this philosophy in your goals or any ‘large’ thing you want to accomplish.

Good luck.

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