The Kaizen Way; One small step can change your life.

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Introduction

In this book, the author Dr Robert Maurer shares the secret of lasting success.

Dr Maurer spent most of his professional career researching these two questions;

  1. How do people succeed?
  2. How do successful people stay successful?

There are many ways to succeed, but there is one that appears to lead to lasting success in most people. This method is unusual. It is easy, graceful and can fit into the tightest schedule.

That is what this book explores and shows us.

Now the strategy most people turn to when they want to change is Innovation.

Innovation as defined in this book is a drastic process of change. Ideally, it occurs in a short period of time yielding a dramatic turnaround. It is fast, big and flashy. It reaches for that largest result in the shortest amount of time.

Sometimes innovation produces amazing results. When it works, it is greatly admired and applauded, but the resulting pain and embarrassment can be devastating when it fails.

Radical change is like going up a steep hill, the thought of the work ahead usually makes a person give up before trying. There is an alternative to innovation (radical change).

The alternative strategy proposed by the Author is Kaizen.

Kaizen is the principle of continuous improvement. It involves looking for hundreds of small things you can improve. It involves taking small daily steps towards change. The good thing about kaizen is that the changes are usually lasting.

Small changes help to circumvent the fear that blocks success and creativity.

My Personal Insight

The personal changes I have had to apply this to is losing weight and getting organized.

Whenever I want to lose weight I love to go big. I spend time researching the best nutrition plan and exercises required. I overhaul my diet on the 1st day of the week of a certain new month. The night before I tell myself the things I am going to eliminate from my diet and the number of kilometres I am going to run. I get pumped up Then the D-day of that diet finally comes, I start my plan but most times the longest I have gone is a month and then comes the huge relapse. Sometimes the enormity of my goal paralyses me so that I don’t even attempt.

I have seen this cycle happen a lot of times with many people. Some people even go public with their huge goals and put themselves under immense pressure. When it works they become celebrities but when it fails they become a laughing stock on social media. 

What this book prescribes is gradual continuous change. This kind is not usually applauded. It is not flashy, fast or big but it works and the results are lasting.

The next chapter describes why Kaizen works, you will be amazed at what goes on in our brains when we attempt to make a change.

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15 Responses

  1. Baby steps as I like to call it can be highly rewarding. You get to realize how much progress you’ve made when you look back in retrospect probably months or years after. It’s the surest form of sustainable growth and success.

  2. Bit by bit , piece by piece …that’s how you eat an elephant ! . Those so called small steps eventually add up in the long run . Breaking the big picture into small doable daily tasks is the surest route to success. Big plans can be overwhelming to execute.

  3. I really agree with baby steps, mine is with my weight. I have been doing the little things, drinking more water, doing longer stretches, yes I finally went a whole month without soda, e shock me o.

  4. Consistency is key! Daily steps no matter how small can be rewarding if done consistently! Thanks for sharing…I await subsequent reviews with excitement

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