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The Kaizen Approach - The Philosophy of Constant Improvement

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The Kaizen Approach - The Philosophy of Constant Improvement
In a perfect world, by this time of the year, you would be halfway through your 2017 goals, right? Unfortunately, not many people can commit to a course of action to get what they want every year. The Kaizen philosophy can make it insanely easy to commit to that goal.

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Kaizen — Japanese for continuous improvement

Kaizen — Japanese for continuous improvement

It means focusing on consistent improvements in your life, no matter how small the steps you take towards your goals. Becoming even 1% better everyday is a simple, practical way to achieve big goals. 

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Quick hacks won't bring faster results

Quick hacks won't bring faster results

Instead of reading every self-improvement post, focus on doing the actual work that needs to be done. You can inspire yourself to take action. Committing to the hard, long process is the only way though. 

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