The Kaizen Diary

 

What is Kaizen? It means constant and never-ending improvement.

Being satisfied with the person I am today isn’t good enough for me. Tomorrow I want to be a little stronger, the day after that I want to be a little wiser, next week I want to be more courageous a month from now I want to smile a little more, a year from now I want to look back and see that I was a different person, I want to feel more fulfilled!

Why do so many people fear change? Be wise, embrace it. In the book The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari the author noted three attributes that lead to a life of achievement: (1) building STRENGTH of CHARACTER (2) developing MENTAL TOUGHNESS (3) living with COURAGE. We should push ourselves to enter the zone of the “unknown” stop limiting ourselves, we’ll only be as good as we allow ourselves to be!

Beginning Thursday, July 1, 2010 me and a couple of friends will be focusing on improving ourselves. We will create a diary over a period 31 days so we can analyze our actions and progress. This diary will include a daily schedule, diets, reactions to events throughout the day, goals and lessons we’ve learned.

What will be apart of our daily routine? We will follow 10 practices:

1. Ritual of: Solitude
2. Ritual of: Physicality
3. Ritual of: Nourishment
4. Ritual of: Abundant knowledge
5. Ritual of: Personal reflection
6. Ritual of: Early awakening
7. Ritual of: Music
8. Ritual of: Spoken word
9. Ritual of: Congruent character

10. Ritual of: Simplicity

In the posts to follow I will explain each of these rituals I’m more detail in order for you to have a better understanding of what we will be doing.

The last task we will take on won’t be easy. Fear is a conditioned response, so I’m going to re-condition my response towards the things I fear. At the beginning of each week we will write down one thing we fear, the reasons behind the fear, and ways to tackle the fear; by the end of the week we should be able to describe how it felt to overcome that fear.

I’m excited to do this! I think it’s appropriate to end with the following quote:

“Failure is not having the courage to try, nothing more and nothing less. The only thing standing between most people and their dreams is the fear of failure. Yet failure is essential to success in any endeavor. Failure tests us and allows us to grow. It offers us lessons and guides us along the path of enlightenment . . . never fear failure. Failure is your friend.” – From the book, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

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~ by doyouboo on June 30, 2010.

One Response to “The Kaizen Diary”

  1. This is awesome! Can’t wait.

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