Welcome to week 16 of The Weekly Well! Here is where you will find weekly inspiration to live your best life. This week I want to talk about reaching goals with a Japanese philosophy called Kaizen. Kaizen, as defined by Masaaki Imai, Founder of Kaizen Institute, is as follows:
KAIZEN™ means improvement. Moreover, it means continuing improvement in personal life, home life, social life, and working life. When applied to the workplace KAIZEN™ means continuing improvement involving everyone – managers and workers alike.
I will add on a little and say that Kaizen is continuous improvement through small and sometimes even insignificant steps. Sounds great right?
We will get to how I use Kaizen as a 4-step method for reaching my goals in a bit. Let's start with the general idea of goal setting, expectations, and the potential stress that can cause.
I always have goals for myself, but summer seems to be a time when I really want to kick it up a notch and get things accomplished. Do you feel the same? Or do you have a different time of year when you really get cracking at reaching goals?
I think we all have moments when our goals seem too lofty and honestly so far from something we can actually accomplish that we keep putting them off. Reaching goals can feel like climbing Mt Everest! This is not what I want to happen to you, friends! I want you to get moving and continue to improve your lives.
This is why I want to share Kaizen with you! It helps dramatically with reaching goals!
More About Kaizen and Reaching Goals
One of the things I love most about Kaizen is its simplicity and how basically you are just putting one foot in front of the other. It is the antidote to feeling frustrated and defeated when it comes to reaching goals. With Kaizen, you are not moving mountains overnight! No big bang theory here with short timeframes and pressure. This is a more relaxed approach and a good reminder that we are all human and can't do it all!
Everyone is busy, right? We are working on so many things in life that we can't always stop everything just to focus on reaching goals. Kaizen provides us with the self-confidence that while we didn't move the mountain overnight, we did make progress. We are moving forward and making a change!!
4 Steps of Kaizen
I find that it is easiest to break Kaizen down into 4 steps.
- Claim your goal- Name what you want to improve.
- List what you need to do and put a timeframe on each item- Remember to think in terms of small tasks that can be accomplished rapidly.
- Prioritize the list- Determine where you will start so you can get moving!
- Keep track- Use any old piece of paper, but keep track every day with what you have done and when.
The tracking step is one of the most important as you want to be able to look back and see improvement. When you are having one of "those" days and the self-defeating stinkin-thinkin kicks in, you will have evidence of all you have accomplished! You can look back and see the improvements...even if they are small changes. There will be a timeline from where you started to where you are today!
Wrap It Up
We all have areas of improvement we can work on! I know that reaching goals can seem stressful and overwhelming, but I want to try and change that mindset. Hopefully, using the principles of Kaizen will help take some of the pressure off. Please don't be scared to be the best you and reach for those stars. I know you can do it!!
Without Further Ado, Here is the Sixteenth Edition:
Before I leave you until next week, please let me know if using Kaizen helps out with reaching goals you are working on. You got this!
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