Personal development with Kaizen
Most of us have tried to make some changes in our lives. Whether it’s losing weight, eating healtier, stop smoking or making a career move. Most of us often fail in incorporating these changes. Why? Because our brain don’t like huge changes. That’s where Kaizen comes in handy.
Origin of Kaizen
Kaizen was developed after the second world war by Toyota in order to compete with western companies. The philosophy behind Kaizen is that every one in the company from the workers on the floor, to the CEO in the top, are making small changes constantly.
These small improvements done by every individual will at the end mean huge changes in the organization and thereby make a company more efficient.
Kaizen is still used in businesses today and is a part of the popular Lean Management theory.
Using Kaizen in your life
I like to mountain bike and have been doing it for approximately one and a half year. Mountainbiking is a really energy consuming sport, so in the beginning it’s really hard, but eventually you will build up muscles, endurance and balance to ride faster. This doesn’t happen overnight but through small changes that happens every time I cycle. And that is Kaizen. Kaizen means continuing improvement.
So Kaizen are not only applicable in business life but also in your life. What are your goal? If your are out of shape and your goal is to go for a run every time you come home from work instead of lying on the couch and watching tv, running 5 miles every day might seem impossible. Sure you might do it, but after a couple of days, you will fall into your old routine lying on the couch.
As mentioned before, the brain don’t like huge changes, so in order to get it to accept a new change, you need to take baby steps and implement the changes slowly. In the example above where you need to go for a run everyday after work instead of watching tv, you can use the following steps.
- Week one - Stand up everyday 30 minutes in front of the tv.
- Week two - Walk around your house daily.Week three - Run around your house daily.
- Week four - Walk a mile daily.
- Week five - Run a mile daily.
- Week Six - Run a mile and walk a mile dailyDo the rest of the steps until you reach 5 mile.
I might have exaggerated these steps a bit to get the point out. Unless you are real unfit and/or lazy, you can skip the first step. And you might not need a week for every step.
Use Kaizen setting goals in your job and personal life.
”Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs”. Henry Ford