Kaizen is a method that works to help improve motivation and lack of enthusiasm. Whether you need encouragement to go to the gym, or read a new book, or learn a new language, give this Japanese technique a try – and the best part is, it takes just 1 minute a day, I think even the most un-motivated of us can manage to take a minute a day to do something positive for themselves.
While hour long, or even half hour long tasks may seem daunting and hard to begin, sacrificing a single minute a day can ultimately build towards something really great.
The Kaizen technique focuses on people taking a single minute out of their day to practice something that will benefit them in the end. For 1 minute you should devote your mental energy towards thinking about how to do something, not towards making excuses about why it can’t be. The catch is, this one minute practice should be held at the same exact time every day to promote some discipline.
These minutes will add up overtime and produce incredible results.
Kaizen is also a great way to overcome the lack of self confidence that may come with trying to accomplish something new.
Do not let the short daily duration reduce the value of this principle, because when these minutes add up over weeks, months, and years, you will have accomplished something great.
Kaizen Process Steps
- Get rid of any fixed ideas you may have based upon conventions. Just because you’ve always done something a particular way, doesn’t mean that it’s the best way to get things done. Instead, allow yourself to scrap conventions in exchange for potentials for growth.
- Think about the “hows,” not the “whys.” instead of looking at why something cannot be done, look at how it can be doneRemove obstacles and focus upon solutions to problems, not on the problems themselves.
- No excuses are allowed. It is so easy to get to the point where you’ve found a place where improvement can occur, and you’ve even determined how to enforce the improvement and just stop. Why? You begin focusing on the negative, pessimistic view again and make excuses. “I can’t do x, because x is too hard.” Scrap this line of thinking and take action.
- Perfection seeking does not lead to progress.Just the word “perfect” can stop most people in their tracks. Do not wait until you have determined the “perfect” way to do something. Scientists don’t wait until they’ve created the “perfect” experiment. Determine a course of action and follow it, you can then think about tweaking or adjusting it