The walking process is very simple: take one step and then another. Then another and another and another… And so, almost without realizing it, you can come a long way.
In my continuous journey towards an improved version of myself, I have studied many techniques and developed my own, but I think this one in particular is one of the best to start making big changes in your life, because it is about making numerous small changes, one by one, step by step.
Kaizen, in Japanese, means “continuous improvement”, and the method has a strong base in Japanese philosophy, where every day has the potential to do something small that would bring great results.
The Kaizen can be perfectly applied to our way of addressing the goals. All great goals can be broken down into small steps. A great goal can be very exciting, but it can also be overwhelming, especially if you don’t know the way to get there. Therefore, breaking down a great goal in small steps not only helps you understand that it is achievable, but also allows you to do a little every day.
But the method also applies to the way we can improve in our daily lives, a little at a time. The method works to learn something new every day, to mentally set you up to make at least 1% of your goal every day, to introduce small changes in your diet little by little or to gain the habit of reading, be it one page a day.
Taking one step is always better than not taking any.
There are those who get frustrated about not being able to take all the steps they want at once, and they leave. But taking one step is always better than not taking any. Today, one and tomorrow, another. The person who chose to do this, after a year, will have gone much further than the person who gave up.
A small step doesn’t require a great effort; it doesn’t change your life overnight or forces you to make a total break from your routine. It may seem that it is a process that lacks commitment by the doer, but in reality, it is a method of success that leads you to commit to your goals in the long term, because it allows change to invade your life little by little, for it to cut in, to become imperceptible from one day to another, but colossal from one year to the next.
I’ll repeat to clarify any doubt: taking only a small step today is always better than not taking any. Taking a small step every day can take you very far.