Kaizen learning will create the change you desire

Kaizen will create the change you desire

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 coaching. Kaizen is an alternative strategy for change. The Japanese word Kaizen means good change or change for the better.

Zen - good - and kai - change.

I’m interested in how we can live a life we love and how we can create a change. These are conversations I tend to have with people and more than once I’ve been asked why I’m not a life coach. But the life coaching I checked out seemed quite strict and that’s not how I roll. This is why I was so happy when I found Jill’s kmc coaching.

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.

You might think that walking on the spot for 1 minute won’t do anything for you, and this is where we, myself included, get stuck on the small step approach. No, you won’t lose weight by 1 minute of walking but it will get you started. And this is power of tiny steps. The chance of you moving every day for 1 minute is bigger than you moving every day for 30 minutes.

Our brains reaction to big steps:

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? New years resoluions are big business but it’s difficult to create new habits because our brain is wired to resist change. Motivation and self discipline will only get you so far. And it’s usually not far enough.

But about small steps, Robert Maurer says this:

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

Brilliant, isn't it?

The kaizen way for positive change is based on taking small steps

3 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 a 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....