Kaizen learning will create the change you desire

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I've tiptoed around coaching for a few years now, but the coach training sites I see don't seem to be a match.

Then I came across Kaizen-muse creative coach.

Kaizen is an alternative strategy for change.

The Japanese word Kaizen means good change or change for the better.

Zen - good - and kai - change.

The science and comfort of Kaizen:

The Kaizen way for positive change is based on taking tiny small steps. Thinking small thoughts. Asking small questions.

The thought that just having to take a tiny step every day is enough to make any change I want, is like being wrapped in a comfy blanket. It's lovely and safe. It lowers my shoulders.

And there is a reason for that. A brain-reason.

When you ask really small questions or do really small tasks, they are non-threatening.

You think this is no big deal. I can easily walk in front of the telly for 1 minute every night.

But if you say, I have to start running every day because I need to lose weight, chances are you don't get it done.

(Hand raised here ;-))

This is why:

When we make big and lofty demands of ourselves, we activate the Amygdala in our brain, which creates fear and overwhelm.

How many of us haven't made New Year's resolutions and not kept them?

But...

"As your small steps continue and your Cortex starts working, the brain begins to create new nerve pathways and building new habits."  Source: One small step can change your life - Robert Maurer

Brilliant, isn't it?

Here are some Kaizen strategies for positive change:


  • Take tiny steps, ex. if you want to exercise, you can begin by jogging on the spot while you count to 100

  • Ask small questions with a gentle and kind spirit: "can I think of 1 tiny way I can improve......"

  • Mind sculpture: this means imagining doing an action with movements and emotions, sounds and smells. Just starting with 15 seconds per day.


This whole Kaizen-strategy is new to me.

My first test is exercise. I am jumping on the spot while counting to 100. This I can manage every day.

The whole idea of taking small steps - one at a time - asking small questions in a kind and gentle way, makes perfect sense to me.

If you're someone like me who heads for the nearest exit (or sweet cupboard) when someone says: "Take massive action NOW", then this way of learning, doing and/or changing might make sense to you too.

The book to get started is "One small step can change your life" by Robert Maurer.

This, I'll be diggin' deeper into....