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Oct 11, 2010

Applying the Kaizen to Your Life

The kaizen philosophy is mostly known in the business world where it is a very popular concept used to improve the supply chain and infrastructure of businesses. It originally came from Japan from Toyota.

In today's society most people are constantly looking for the next big thing and the next magic pill that will change their lives and transform them immediately. If this is your focus, this philosophy is not something that will fit your needs very well. This philosophy is not about gaining immediate and fast results, it is however a philosophy based on constant development and thinking long term.

When you start applying the kaizen strategy to your life you need to realize that you don't suddenly have to do a lot of drastic changes and try to change your life completely in one single day. This strategy is a lot more about determining what kind of results you want to achieve in the long term, so the first step for you is to figure out what your desired end result really is.

After you have determined what you want to achieve you need to create an action plan for how you are going to achieve it. Once you have your start to finish action plan ready, you need to break it down into smaller steps. You then take these small steps and delegate them to different weeks and days. The kai zen philosophy is all about improving 1 % every single day and in this way reaching your goal. In this philosophy there really is no end goal as the general idea is that you can always improve something new and become even better and more efficient.

What you need to realize is that improving 1 % every single day won't give you just 100% improvement after 100 days. All those 1 percents will add up on top of each other and after 100 days you will have improved 300-400 %.

This philosophy is a really great way of chunking things down into smaller and more approachable steps in order to constantly improve you and constantly take action. Make sure you measure your improvements so you can get even further motivation and momentum in your never ending pursuit of perfection. Commit yourself to this pursuit and get started as fast as possible