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Use the Kaizen method to achieve amazing change

Use the Kaizen method to achieve amazing change

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The Kaizen method

The Kaizen method

The Kaizen method is all about taking small steps into making your dreams come true.

As we well know, changes can be scary and so can great expectations. Therefore, when t...

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Why change is scary

Change is scary 90% of the times and this is mostly because we all tend to think of it as being particularly hard to accomplish: we set big expectations and do not take the time to consider the sma...

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Small questions and their benefits

Asking small questions rather than big ones can prove quite useful when trying to reach a goal.

You will not only feel more confident about the results, but you will also stress less and f...

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The mind sculpture technique

The mind sculpture technique implies imagining oneself performing a task. Once you get used to repeating often enough this, you will become better at actually performing the task i...

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The Kaizen method and its benefit

The main benefit of this method is that you are less prone to give up on your ambitions, as you have to take small steps towards your goal, rather than trying to accomplish everyth...

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Identify small mistakes

In order to ensure your success, it is essential to identify any small mistake that risks turning into a big future issue. Consider these points:

  • recall past mistakes and learn from th...

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Reward yourself

In order to keep your motivation alive, rewards are essential. However, these do not have to be big. They should actually follow the below logic:

  • they should be aligned with your goa...

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Enjoy the process

While working your way out to your big goal, remember to enjoy the journey by learning as much as you can from it: notice and appreciate small moments, as these are the ones eventually leading to s...

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Improvement with learning

From the moment we are born, we are always learning new skills. We see it in formal capacities in school or on the job, and informally, like learning from you buddy how to grill a steak.

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“One skill you want to master in this day and age we live in, if you want to have an extraordinary life, is the ability to learn rapidly.”

Select your skill carefully

Be very selective in the skill you're trying to masker to avoid sabotaging your success:

  • Make sure it's applicable: The perfect skill either solves a problem you have or scratches an itch you have.
  • Be very specific: Specific goals are easier to pursue than vague counterparts. To set yourself up, narrow your skill down as much as possible. Ask what specific problem are you trying to solve, and find out what aspects you find most fascinating.
  • Make sure you love the process, not just the outcome: Pick a skill where the road is as exciting as the outcome. Then plan out celebration points along the way.

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The 'tiny habits' method

You can hack your motivation and make changes that last by using the Tiny Habits method.

It works by breaking down big changes into tiny actions, find where they fit naturally into your li...

Repetition and habits

Habits can form very quickly. For instance, give someone a new phone, and their emotional response to using the device will wire in a habit very quickly. There is no need for repetition.

New habits then form as long as people have a strong positive emotion connected to the new behavior.

Designing for habit formation

Emotions create habits, not repetition. If you are designing a new habit, you are really designing for emotions.

Intentionally create feelings of success to wire in the habits that you actually want in your life.

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Make planning a habit

Make planning a habit

Some mornings we feel motivated to create a to-do list, but that is often the exception. We need to get things done, even when we feel disengaged.

Start by setting the alarm for you...

Align your to-do list with goals

  1. Break down your big goals into daily tasks. You can't add "Get in shape" to your daily to-do list, but you can add "spend 30 minutes on my bike."
  2. Consider your week as a whole. You likely have multiple goals. Some goals benefit from daily activity, while working towards others a few times a week can create momentum.
  3. Add your have-to-do tasks last. We often fill our to-do lists with have-to-do tasks that crowd the whole day. Adding it last forces you to fit your have-to-do tasks around your goal tasks.

Have one daily priority

Many of us start our mornings with dozens of things we need to get done, but later realize that we haven't crossed any of them off our lists. We did get stuff done, but none of the things we planned.

A balm against hectic days that pass without progress is to choose a single activity to prioritize and protect in your calendar. If you struggle to select your top priority, ask yourself, when you look back on your day, what do you want the highlight to be? That's your priority.

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