The Kaizen Method: A System to Get Results

The Kaizen method is one of the best techniques to introduce a change into your life and not fail in doing so. In this article, we'll tell you all about it.
The Kaizen Method: A System to Get Results

Last update: 14 April, 2021

The kaizen method is a strategy that became popular in the business world after the Second World War. In fact, it was so successful that even today many business schools teach it because it significantly increases productivity levels.

Additionally, it has seeped into the working world and many people apply it in other areas of their lives. Thanks to the kaizen method, these people continue to reach their objectives in a more efficient way.

Why do we struggle to change?

Part of the life experience of being human is how we make changes. There are multiple factors that can cause these changes. For example, we may want to adopt new habits, remove others, plan new projects, or close an old chapter.

Despite this, people really struggle to change. This is because our brains are designed in such a way that any challenge can trigger a certain resistance and fear.

It’s true that some people transform that fear into enthusiasm, and grow and become excited when facing challenges, but it’s not a common trait. In fact, it’s actually common for our minds to sabotage changes in the form of laziness, procrastination, and multiple excuses.

Blue arrow turning around.
Changes are an important part of life, but we tend to resist them.

What does the Kaizen method consist of?

The Kaizen method can helps us to change successfully. It bases its strategy on completing very small steps at a time. You can apply it in order to achieve any specific goal, as well as using it to continuously improve in some way.

The main motto is “a million-mile journey starts with a small step”. And that is the key to success. The goals this system uses are so small that it’s actually difficult to fail.

So, what the Kaizen method does is get you to start and you don’t even realize the effort you’re making. In this way, it’s a lot easier to overcome the mental resistance that change can cause.

What can you use the Kaizen method for?

You can apply the Kaizen method to multiple scenarios. In fact, any situation that you can improve will benefit from this strategy. Let’s take a look at some examples where you may be able to use this method:

  • Organizing your home: Instead of concentrating on the whole living space and then getting bored, a good option would be to focus on only one drawer and organize that for five minutes.
  • Stop eating ultra-processed foods: This task can be very complicated because you’ve become so used to doing so.
  • Improving your sleeping habits: When it comes to improving your sleeping habits, try going to bed one minute earlier than you usually do.
  • Reading more: If you struggle to incorporate this habit into your life, you may benefit from reading just a paragraph a day.
  • Working out: In order to create this routine, it’s a good idea to dress in your complete workout gear, and then exercise for one just one minute.

Making changes this way is a lot easier as you barely feel the pressure or the fear of failure. Far from it, as the level of demand is so reduced and almost seems ridiculous, you’re more likely to relax, which makes it a lot easier to keep moving forward!

A woman at a crossroads.
With the Kaizen method, we find it easier to confront the changes we want to implement.

Overcoming your resistance to change

Applying the Kaizen method helps you to overcome your fear of failure. The first objective is to remove all resistance. To do that, take small steps that make completing the enormous task a lot easier. It’s as if the mind understands that there’s no point activating the alarm, which then means we can act more calmly.

When we propose making a change, we often focus on the final objective and not on the steps that we need to take to get us there. It’s one of the reasons why we fail so much. In fact, if you break the challenge into multiple parts and concentrate on achieving something very specific, you make the next stage easier for yourself.

Making small changes is one of the best strategies you can use to be less lazy. This then helps you move closer to your objectives in a more realistic and efficient way. So, the next time you want to reach an objective and you don’t know where to start, remember that the Kaizen method may be a great help!

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