Kaizen: Continuous Improvement For Personal Growth

Lately I’ve been touting the benefits of small, incremental, but continuous improvements to my coaching clients, course participants and in my own life.

You see, I’ve spent a long time being a personal growth junkie. For many years I felt that if I wasn’t in the midst of some massive, Earth-shattering, mind-blowing, intensive growth phase I must be doing something wrong.

The problem with that approach to personal growth, as I’ve slowly but surely come to realize, is that it doesn’t leave you with a whole lot of energy to function effectively in the “real” world. And that just doesn’t work.

I started exploring the idea of continuous improvement a couple of years ago with this article on Split Testing for Personal Growth.

And if you’ve listened to my new audio program, Release the Money Madness and Unleash Your Money Magic, you know that I encourage you to choose just one or two personal growth tools and focus on them for two to three weeks before tackling the next one.

Well now I just got an email from Mark Joyner, the creator of Simpleology: The Simple Science of Getting What You Want, which I highly recommend, by the way, that validates this idea of continuous improvement!

Mark has just released a new program called the Kaizen Club. If you don’t know what Kaizen means, Wikipedia says that:

Kaizen (改善, Japanese for “continuous improvement”) is a Japanese philosophy that focuses on continuous improvement throughout all aspects of life.

I was first introduced to the concept of Kaizen in the mid-80s when the financial services company I was working for decided to implement a Total Quality Management program and shoot for the Malcolm Baldridge Award.

We didn’t win, and the program was scrapped within 2-years after a cost of several million dollars! The culture in that company was just not open to the key ideas of Total Quality Management and Kaizen.

But even back then, through all my twenty-something angst and cynicism, I could tell that there was a hidden power in the seemingly simple concept of Continuous Improvement. I could sense there was a key to success, both in business and in life – although it would take me almost two decades to begin applying the concept in my own life and business.

Now Mark’s Kaizen Club makes it simple to apply the concept of Continuous Improvement in your life. I just wish he had created this program 20-years ago!

I’m going over there right now to sign up – the program just launched a couple of hours ago. I’m going to give it a try for the next week – there’s a 7-day trial. I’ll write up a full review then and let you know what I think. However, you might want to go sign up for the trial now because there are a couple of amazing bonuses that he may pull out of the bonus package.

And even if you don’t sign up for the Kaizen Club, consider how you can begin implementing the concept of continuous improvement in your life. What one small change can you make in your life that will, over the course of your lifetime have a significant impact?

Think about it and leave a comment below letting us know.