The Kaizen Principle

The Kaizen Principle
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How goals you once thought were beyond your reach can be attained.

The Kaizen Principle is a Japanese concept that was popularized in North America by Dr. W. Edwards Deming. It is based on the premise that results toward any goal come from many small changes accumulated over time. Goals that you once thought were beyond your reach can be attained if practiced gradually, continuously, and constantly.

Take a moment to assess your fitness goals and start to break them down into less significant and seemingly indiscernible pieces. For example, adding exercise such as walking to your daily routine can be addressed by this systematic and persistent approach. The principle of Kaizen will guide you to start slow perhaps walking briskly 10 minutes once a day for a week, then working your way the following week to 12 minutes, then to 14 minutes, and so on.

Be inventive and think outside of the box as you begin to put this concept into action. Keep in mind that you are trying to implement constant and moderate improvement toward your goals. If you want something you’ve never had, then you’ve got to do something you’ve never done.  Acknowledge and affirm that the goal is not only achievable, but that failure is impossible.

With respect to reaching long term health and fitness goals you must stop striving to be perfect 100% of the time. The desire for perfection often times leads to disappointment and a feeling of failure. Keep in mind that slow progress is better than no progress; look toward consistency as your goal. That said the weekend shouldn’t be used as an excuse to cheat on your food plan and undo all your hard work, nor should you be skipping multiple exercise sessions every week. Remember, if you “kinda, sorta” try, you can expect “kinda, sorta” results.

Realize you must be completely and totally honest with yourself if you are going to move forward and achieve your fitness objectives. Regularly ask yourself if your behavior and your goals are in line. If so keep going, if not modify your actions. You must consistently commit yourself to making choices to live a healthy lifestyle. Consistently eat well, workout, get proper rest and surround yourself with like-minded people. Strive for progress not perfection.

Every accomplishment begins with a decision to try. In order to be successful when achieving your goals your words and actions must align, therefore it is imperative that you choose them wisely. Keep in mind that slow progress is better than no progress; look toward consistency as your goal.

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This article was originally published at Fit You Wellness Solutions. Reprinted with permission from the author.