If I had to choose one thing about myself that I could change, it would easily be my propensity to be naturally lazy. I am one of those people that either gives 100% effort, or I give none, so being motivated to do just about anything can become a chore in itself. Keeping this mentality in mind, I started looking for ways to up my motivation and squash my procrastination in a manner that would make me a productive machine. That turned out to be much easier conceived than accomplished.
That is until I stumbled upon a very simple Japanese principle: Kaizen.
THE PRINCIPLES OF KAIZEN
At first glance, Kaizen seems so simple. In fact, at first glance, I thought “there is no way this can work.” Kaizen is built on the idea of accomplishing a task through a series of very small steps. We’ve all come to believe that accomplishing big goals requires big changes and hard work, when in reality, it requires a series of very small changes to accomplish one big goal. According to Kaizen.com, “One of the most notable features of kaizen is that big results come from many small changes accumulated over time.” The end result of thinking that big changes require big steps is that we get burnt out and overwhelmed. Kaizen is all about moving forward in an interval that shows instant, tangible results as a form of motivation.