Episode 19 – Commit To Constantly Improve
Hello and welcome to the show. “Kaizen” that’s the word in Japan used for improvement. It’s a concept that refers to business activities working to continuously improve by making ongoing changes to the benefit of the business. All employees are involved, from the CEO to the assembly workers. A constant and never-ending improvement process that is an old age philosophy that is still being used today by millions of successful people.
The world is constantly at an accelerated rate of change. To succeed we need to keep up with all the new technologies and concepts put before us. Updated technologies and manufacturing techniques are being announced way more often than they used to be, so it’s more important than ever to keep up with change and make the appropriate improvements necessary to succeed.
More words get added to the dictionary when new trends and fads catch on.
Improvement is necessary now simply to survive but to thrive as successful people do, you are required to have a more dedicated approach to improvement.
When you have made the decision to change your behaviour, learn or improve your skills, have a better family life, excelling in your business, the best way to begin is the start with small manageable steps because it will give you the best chance of long-term success.
It’s good to have a plan and the final goal, but sometimes you may get overwhelmed because you can’t see the final creation, so doing too much too fast will not only overwhelm you but also those around you that are involved in the improvement.
The best thing to do is to start with small achievable steps that you can easily master, and in doing so it will reinforce your belief that you can easily improve.
Keep your self focussed on constant and never-ending improvement by asking yourself some questions:
“How can I/we improve today?”
“What can I/we do better than we have before?”
“Where can I learn a new skill?”
Decide what you want to improve on. It might be improving your product or service, your advertising campaign, your sales skills, negotiating skills or even your online marketing.
In your home life, it could be your cooking skills, your parenting skills, improving your health and fitness, you might want to increase your knowledge of investing and money management.
When it comes to developing a deeper level of inner peace you may want to improve through meditation and yoga and prayer.
If it’s a new skill, maybe there’s a night class somewhere in your local community that you can attend.
If you want to improve your service to the community, go spend an extra hour volunteering.
Whatever your goal may be, decide when you want to improve and what the steps are that you need to take to achieve that improvement.
You have a life full of experiences. Becoming a master takes time. You have to practice, practice, and then practice some more. It often takes years to have that depth and breadth of experience that produces your expertise, insight, and wisdom. Every class you take, every book that you read is another building block in your career and your life.
One of life’s realities is that the majority of improvements take time and they won’t necessarily happen overnight. What’s happened is that many of today’s products and services promise overnight perfection, so, we’ve become accustomed to instant gratification – and of course become disappointed when it doesn’t happen.
So, if you make a commitment to learning something new every day, by getting just a little bit better, then eventually – over time – you will reach your goals.
What I’m trying to say is, that you can’t skip steps. Don’t shortchange yourself by not being ready when your big break appears. You need to ensure that your homework has been done and mastered your craft.
Look at actors, they have a lot of preparation before they get their big break. They’ve done acting classes, small theatre acting, they bit parts in movies and television, heaps of acting classes, voice coaching, dancing lesson, learning to ride a horse, martial arts training, then even more bit parts until one day they get their big break, they get the part that was made for them, and they’re now more than ready for it.
There are so many professions that are constantly improving to ensure they are up to date with the latest information, such as Doctors. They have to learn new procedures and advanced Certifications.
Airline Pilots train in a flight simulator for every kind of emergency that may come their way.
So I would like you to make a commitment to keep getting better and better every day and in every way.
What will happen will be extraordinary, you will enjoy the feelings of increased self-esteem and self-confidence that come from self-improvement, as well as the high level of success that will ultimately follow.
I want to talk to you about the “slight edge” you can have over everyone else if you just do just a little more or a little bit less of something each day.
Like doing 20 push-ups or 20 minutes of meditation in the morning or 20 minutes of exercise, 20 pages of reading, making sure you have an extra hour of sleep.
Or things you could do less of each day like, one less glass of wine, one hour less of television, one less latte, one less hour of surfing the internet.
What you will notice is that over time these small changes will make a huge difference in the results you want.
Think about these stats;
If you replaced drinking a 375ml can of soft drink at lunchtime and replaced that with the same amount in a glass of water you would ending up drinking almost 150 litres of water thereby reducing all those thousands of calories which by the way, add up to over 55,000 calories.
How about this one, if you were to cut out just one hour of television a day, that 365 hours would add up to nine 40 hour workweeks. That’s like adding an extra two months of productive time to your life every year! In twelve years that would add up to having two extra years on focused time, the time you could be using more effectively, learning new things, doing new things, a chance for self-improvement.
You may want to write a book, improve your performance in your particular sport, learn a new language, practice the piano, read more books, exercise or even spend time deepening your relationships. This is up to you. But just imagine what difference this would make over time.
Think of just one thing you could have done differently, and imagine what results you would have now. If you break it down like that, it’s quite confronting. The use of your time is important but it’s also up to you how you use it.
I hope that’s helped you understand about committing to constant and never-ending improvement and how you will benefit by doing small things each day to improve your life.
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I will leave you with a quote from Leadership Expert, and Author of over 100 books, John Maxwell, who once said:
“You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.”
Thanks for tuning in, now get out there and find ways to constantly improve and have a wonderful and successful week!