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One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way by [Maurer, Robert]
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Unleash the potent force of kaizen, the Japanese technique of achieving great and lasting success through small, steady steps. Whether the goal is as specific as getting more sleep or as broad as meeting the love of your life, kaizen works because it melts away resistance in particular, the "fight-or-flight" brain chemistry behind people s underlying fear of change.
An expert on the art of success, Dr. Robert Maurer has helped countless people and businesses use kaizen to reach their objectives and maintain excellence. Distilling its secrets, Dr. Maurer shows not only how and why kaizen works, but how to make it work for you how to position yourself for change and make your life more effective, whether at home or in the office; how to address personal changes and career changes; how to realize ambitions by sidestepping any impediments.
As one client succinctly put it, "the steps [are] so small I couldn t fail." And as far as being too busy to solve a problem, learn a new skill, overcome a fear, or curb a bad habit, forget it who doesn't have the 30 seconds it takes to get started?
The road to a life of continuous improvement begins with a single step.

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About the Author

Robert Maurer, PhD, author of the international best-seller One Small Step Can Change Your Life, is a clinical psychologist and faculty member at UCLA and the University of Washington School of Medicine. Founder of Science of Excellence, he has served as a consultant to Walt Disney Studios, the Four Seasons Hotels, Costco, the U.S. Navy and Air Force, and Habitat for Humanity. His life-changing strategies are presented in more than 40 seminars to diverse audiences worldwide. He lives in Spokane, Washington, with his wife, Dia.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1310 KB
  • Print Length: 229 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 076118032X
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company (22 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GU2RHCG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #89,573 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Oct. 2010
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This useful little book applies principles first developed in factories in Japan to personal life problems. I found it interesting because it suggests that the easiest and most effective way to solve problems is by making very small changes. If you want to change your life don't try and do it all at once - find the smallest thing you can change and deal with that first. If you want to get into the habit of flossing your teeth every day - first of all start flossing one tooth and gradually work your way upwards. If you want to start exercising and don't have the time march on the spot when you're watching television for thirty seconds and gradually increase the time as you feel comfortable with that small amount of exercise.

So if you want to lose weight and think eating snacks in between meals is your problem throw away the first square of chocolate and eat the rest or throw away the first crisp out of the packet. If you want to improve a situation then ask a small question and establish a very small thing you can do to change it and do that. If you see something going wrong - put it right then and there - don't wait for something to become worse before you tackle it. For example if your roof appears to be leaking because there's a small damp patch on the ceiling - get it fixed. It will be cheaper and less hassle than waiting to see if it gets worse and having the ceiling come down after a rain storm.

You don't need to make big changes to have an effect on your life. Every journey begins with a single step. I really enjoy reading self help books and reckon that if I only take one useful thing from each of them I shall probably improve my life. This book contains so much that is useful but its primary message is - don't make big changes all at once - change things in small steps. I know I shall keep going back to this book again and again.
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In a nutshell, this book breaks down the barriers to whatever goal you want to achieve. But not in the New Year's resolution sense, more by incremental, step-by-step change. Some of the steps are ridiculously small, such as taking one less bite of chocolate, or one item of research for a career change.
The author's premise is that these changes are so small, they are under the brain's 'radar' of FEAR, which so often stops us in our tracks when implementing a plan.
I particularly like the chapter on Questions, notably those we ask of ourselves.
Ultimately practical.
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I think everyone should read this book, as it can apply to ANY area of life. It is based upon the principle of kaizen, and the book is divided into six key concepts:

- Ask small questions
- Think small thoughts
- Take small actions
- Solve small problems
- Bestow small rewards.
- Identify small moments

Each of these concepts is fully explained in its own chapter, and you can take the information from the page immediately (i.e. as soon as you have read and understood it) and begin to apply it to any area of your life -- whether you want to lose weight, learn a new skill, change a habit or whatever else...

So many self-improvement books sell themselves on big ideas like 'transforming your life', but the approach taken by this book is much more down-to-earth. If you are motivated to make ANY type of improvement in your life, than I cannot see how you would NOT benefit from this book. Get yourself a copy without delay!
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One of the best books on goal achievement I have read. Shows how the little things, the small steps, taken consistently can truly transform your life. Plenty of good examples of how to put the technique into practice, well written and easy to read. Highly recommended.
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An amazing little book. It is full of interesting examples and insights.
It shows how you can use the principles of kaizen in your own life and how making very small
changes in your life can lead to continuous improvement.
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I first came across the idea of kaizen at work where I work in a team using kanban, although the kaizen aspect of it we are not really applying to its fullest. I bought this because the idea of applying kaizen in one's personal life seemed attractive. The main problem is that, like all American-style self-help books, it is filled with highly specific case histories which often have little relevance to you or I, and there is usually very little in the way of general principles to take away from these. Taking it down the the fundamentals, it's about asking oneself "what small change can I make, right now, to improve [what you want to improve]?" Ultimately only the reader can answer that question, and the book won't answer it for you.
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In an age when we are invited to worship heroic leaders, and accustom ourselves to constant overwhelming change, this little book reminds us that real change, change that lasts, is normally made one small step at a time. The notion of continuous small improvements is deeply rooted in Asian culture, and especially in Buddhism, with its concentration on the immediate, and on doing whatever you are doing perfectly. It's not an accident that Steve Jobs, practitioner par excellence of continuous small improvements, was much influenced by Buddhism. Neither Jobs nor Buddhism gets a mention in this book which is a shame, but understandable given the audience and the author's very reasonable kaizen-style decision to focus on a very small number of issues. This is a genuinely useful and helpful book, which can change the way you think about your life, by showing you that, however big the problem and however hopeless the situation, there is always some small step you can take. Try it.
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