Kaizen is not about massive change and shifts or big monumental transformation

Some people would like you to think differently about that. But if you dig into the meaning and practice of the philosophy you discover that it doesn’t promote massive change or large transformation change.

Kaizen (改善) is a Japanese word that can be interpreted as “change for the better.” It is most commonly known as a business philosophy that helps make processes and businesses better.

Kaizen is about making small, continuous changes that over time result in dramatic improvement. It is a philosophy that can be applied to all aspects of life, from self-improvement to the workplace.

It is not about making massive change and shifts or big monumental change. It’s about making small, manageable changes that you can stick to over time. And that’s why Kaizen is such a powerful way to improve your life and your work.

There is another Japanese term that I think helps to explain the idea of what kaizen really is. And that is hodohodo ni (程々に). The English interpretation can mean something like: moderately or moving towards a goal incrementally with intention.

This is what I believe the heart behind kaizen really is.  It isn’t about massive changes or transformations of gigantic proportion, it is sustained improvement over a long period of time. It is moving moderately with intention.

Yes the goal should be all about seeing big changes in processes, but you don’t get there by making big changes. Psychologically speaking, trying to institute massive change all at once is quite difficult for us to process, but small changes done in a sustainable way are much more easily absorbed.

All the big change mentality does is lead to burnout and ultimately you burning down the whole thing to start over. Burnout is a real thing and at times you can’t even see it until it’s too late. Why would you want to risk burn out?

If you are struggling with your own workflow and want some help learning how to make small changes to get big shifts, I would be happy to talk to you.

Reach out to schedule a call because I have found it is much easier to find what you are looking for if you have a guide. The reality is if you do nothing different you can expect to keep getting the same results so send me a DM and we can set up some time to chat.

#kaizen #continuousimprovement #personalkaizen #incremental-improvement

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