The subtle art of kaizen.

When I first saw a post about Six small steps to improve your writing I was simply interested in improving my writing skills. But as serendipity would have it, I had stumbled upon an entire movement, practically dedicated to the idea that less is more, known as kaizen. (It is said that the ultimate goal of kaizen is to accomplish more by doing less.)

According to Wikipedia, kaizen is Japanese for improvement, or quite literally kai (“change”) zen (“good”). The process is explained on the Kaizen Institute website as a method for achieving long term success through small, daily improvements.

Clinical psychologist and behavioral scientist Dr. Robert Maurer says it is rooted in the two thousand-year-old wisdom of the Tao Te Ching, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Maurer has written one of the most widely recognized books on the subject – “One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way”.

I’ll definitely be getting a copy of Maurer’s book for myself. Until you have an opportunity to do so, take a look at these six small steps Maurer offers in his book and ask yourself what small change you can make to improve your life today.

1. Ask small questions.

2. Think small thoughts.

3. Take small actions.

4. Solve small problems.

5. Bestow small rewards.

6. Identify small moments.



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