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Is kaizen the ultimate way to achieve your goals?

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Is kaizen the ultimate way to achieve your goals?

Are you one of those people who likes to go BIG?


Set lofty goals?


Create challenges for yourself that require herculean feats of strength, courage and commitment?


Run 10kms each morning, starting tomorrow.


Go to bed at 10pm, sharp.


Quit carbs cold turkey.


If so - how’s it working for you?


What’s that? I couldn’t hear through that slice of hot buttered sourdough…!


It’s true. Some (seriously enviable) people can focus with laser precision on their goals and work doggedly to make them happen. They’re steely. Determined. Unflappable.


But for the rest of us, these kind of grandiose goals set us up to fail.


Old habits die hard, overwhelm sets in and soon enough you’re filing that morning run under ‘temporary insanity’.


The effects on psychology ain’t great either.


Every time you ‘fail’ to achieve your goals, you feel hopeless, lazy, doomed - thus making it less likely that you’ll shoot for positive change in the future. This certainly isn’t the feeling you want to engender to create a healthy, happy, sustainable lifestyle you love.


Enter: Kaizen. A better way to set goals - and stick to them.


Kaizen is a Japanese word that - roughly translated - means very small but continuous change.


It’s like baby steps.


And even it’s tempting to make extravagant promises about eating perfectly, exercising religiously, meditating for hours - it’s better to go small.


Kaizen is the humble, but hugely effective way to achieve your goals.


Instead of waking up at 5am tomorrow, why not set your alarm for just one minute earlier than usual?


Rather than setting out to do 10 sets of 10 burpees, simply add one to your next workout.


Want to overhaul your diet? Start with adding one green vegetable to your breakfast.


Make tiny positive changes that set you up to SUCCEED.


Achieving them sets in motion a positive cycle of affirmation and action - small psychological boosts that make your big goals seem achievable - by breaking them down into miniscule chunks.


And before you think ‘LAAAAAME!’ remember that a 1% improvement each day - in your workout or workplace or food choices - represents a 100% improvement in just a few months.


We love this kind of philosophy at Enliven, because it’s the kind that sticks.


It allows people to sustain their fitness and health wins - not feel embattled or fatigued or overwhelmed with bootcamp-style drills and sudden changes that shock the system and ultimately don’t work.


That’s why we encourage you to be the tortoise, break it down, take it slow and harness the power of kaizen.


Not sure how to start? We’re always here to help you set goals and make a sensible plan. Simply give us a call or send an email to find out about the best fitness and health solution for you.


Otherwise, chat to us in the comments! Tell us how you’ve used small, manageable steps to achieve big goals.


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