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Short Summary

Short Summary

• The art of making great and lasting change comes through small, steady steps.

• Kaizen circumvents the brain’s built-in resistance to new behaviors.

Small rewards lead to big returns.


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• Kaizen is a process of improving a habit using very small steps.

• Small steps can lead to big changes.

• Kaizen disarms the brain’s fear response making change come more naturally.

By taking steps so tiny that they seem trivial or even laughable, you’ll sail calmly past obstacles that have defeated you before.


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Three Common Myths About Change

Three Common Myths About Change

Myth #1: Change is hard.

Myth #2: The size of the step determines the size of the result, so take big steps for big results.

Myth #3: Kaizen Is slow; innovation is quicker.


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Take Very Small Steps

Take Very Small Steps

• Your brain is programmed to resist change. But, by taking small steps, you effectively rewire your nervous system.

• Kaizen questions such as ‘What’s the smallest step I can take to be more efficient?’ allow us to bypass our fears.


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If you tend to berate yourself with negative questions (Why am I so fat?), try asking: What is one thing I like about myself today? Ask this question daily, writing your answer down in a journal or on a sheet of paper you keep in a specially designated place.


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Quality Questions

Quality Questions

• If you are trying to reach a specific goal, ask yourself every day: What is one small step I could take toward reaching my goal?

• What is one small step I could take to improve my health (or relationships, or career, or any other area)?

• If somebody’s annoying you, ask yourself, “What’s one good thing about this person?”

• What is one small thing that is special about me (or my spouse, or my organization)?


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Baby Steps

Baby Steps

  • Small actions are at the Heart of kaizen.
  • By taking steps so tiny that they seem trivial or even laughable, you’ll sail calmly past obstacles that have defeated you before.
  • Slowly—but painlessly!—you’ll cultivate an appetite for continued success and lay down a permanent new route to change.
  • The kaizen approach to life requires a slower pace and an appreciation of small moments. This pleasant technique can lead to creative breakthroughs and excellence.


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