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Getting Unstuck: Kaizen and the Magic Geranium

"As you start to walk out on the way, the way appears." - Rumi

There’s a wonderful children’s story called “The Magic Geranium,” from a collection titled “Read Aloud Funny Stories” by Jane Thayer. If you haven’t heard of it before, it goes something like this: There’s a woman, Mrs. Smith, who lives in a drab, messy little house, but feels powerless to change anything. One day her friend…

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The Excellence Experiment: 8-Month Update

"Practice the philosophy of continuous improvement. Get a little bit better every single day." - Brian Tracy

  In my 6-month update, I talked about how I was shifting my approach with my “Excellence Experiment” – from working with microresolutions to establish new habits, to using a kaizen-based strategy to integrate small improvements continuously. The way it works now, I sit down on Sunday evening and make a list of 1-2 things…

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The Excellence Experiment: 6 Month Update

"Progress equals happiness." - Tony Robbins

As I pass the half-year mark with my experiment, it seems like a good time to take stock of where I’m at and what I’ve accomplished since January, and evaluate whether I need to make any adjustments. If you’re just joining, you can read my original post on the set-up and design of my experiment…

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Using Kaizen to Sneak Past Your Brain’s Fear Radar

John Wooden quote on daily improvement

    I used to spend a lot of time on my couch. Deep down, I really wanted to get into better shape. I secretly envied the buff, toned models in fitness magazines, and wished I could be more like the disciplined, athletic people I knew. You know, those people, the ones who get up…

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