Of course, we have the best intentions at the beginning and we approach our goals with enthusiasm. But when something happens, we just make enough effort to tell us that we have tried, and we give up. Maybe we think we’re going too fast, or maybe the results are not coming fast enough for us.
If this situation recurs in your life, you may wonder why this continues to happen. Well, it’s simple: you try to do too much, too fast. It’s hard to turn old habits into new ones, and you get tired of unfamiliar responsibilities.
The Japanese method Kaizen
Japanese culture has a useful method called “Kaizen”. This “one-minute principle” for self-improvement has gained great recognition since the world saw its effectiveness.
The principle of this method is based on practicing something for a minute. At the same time each day, practice the same thing. Sounds easy enough, right? Laziness should not be a problem; it’s not like you’re being asked to do something for 30 minutes every day, just 60 seconds.
You can do what you want, sit-ups, read in a foreign language, do what you like and do it for a minute a day. If you experience joy and satisfaction during your practice, you’ll want to continue practicing the next day and so on.
Sometimes it’s our fear of failure that prevents us from trying. Do not let fear stop you from really living! You must overcome your lack of confidence, and free yourself from these feelings of helplessness.
IN FACT, IT IS THE SENSE OF SUCCESS THAT WILL PROPULES YOU AND WILL GIVE YOU WISH TO CONTINUE TO MOVE.
After practicing the chosen activity for one minute, every day for a few weeks, you can increase the time you spend doing it. Do it for up to 5 minutes, and you will soon be 30 and even 60 minutes without realizing it. You will be surprised at how much 1 minute can change your life.
The Kaizen method is native to Japan, and was invented by Masaaki Imai. The word itself has two roots – “kai” (change) and “zen” (good). Together, it means “continuous improvement. “
It is important to question yourself, but keep your goals at a reasonable distance. What Imai and others in his field have noticed is that the smallest challenges are the most rewarding and lead to more self-improvement when combined with ongoing efforts.