One Small Step Can Change Your Life The Kaizen way Author: Robert Maurer Ph.D

Introduction

“It’s not how much we do, but how much love we put into doing. And is not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.
To God, there is nothing small”

Mother Theresa.


Kaizen (Kay-zin) is an approach to creating continuous improvement based on the idea that small, ongoing positive changes can reap major improvements.
The question the author was trying to answer in this book is;
How do people succeed?
How do successful peoples stay successful?

There are two strategies for change and success.

  1. Innovation
  2. Kaizen

Innovation: Drastic process of change. Ideally, it occurs in a very short period of time, yielding dramatic turnaround.
Innovation is fast, big and flashy. It reaches for the largest results at the smallest amount of time.
In the corporate world examples of innovation include highly painful strategies such as massive layoffs to strengthen the bottom line as well as more positive approaches such as major investments inexpensive and new technologies.
In personal change, innovation could involve starting diets that cut out all your favourite foods at once, quitting addictions “cold turkey” or jumping into risky social situations to cure shyness.
Innovation requires changing many things in your life at the same time. Sometimes innovation produces amazing results in a short period of time. And it brings a lot of confidence. 
But when it doesn’t work Innovation is a source of embarrassment and a fear of trying again.
With innovation, it’s easy to fall back into old habits after the initial burst of enthusiasm fades away.

The alternative strategy for change is Kaizen.
Kaizen: is continuous improvement.
Doing 100 little things to improve.
Next week we will see what Kaizen is all about and why it is a great strategy for success.

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