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Kaizen - The Gateway to Mastery

 

Kaizen is a Japanese term that means ‘Continuous Improvement’. It’s a concept that mirrors the self-actualisation drive we all have – when our lower needs are adequately and healthily met (sufficient food, sleep, recognition, friendships, etc.) we experience the ‘emergent property’ of wanting to grow, become more, better ourselves and experience beauty, joy, learning, growth and contribute to a better world for those we care about... and that feeling of wanting to do something just for the inherent joy of doing it!

Your Greatest Assest

 

What do you think is your greatest asset is?

• Your house?
• Your car?

No, not close yet...

• Your physical health?
• Your career?
• Your education?

Getting warmer... but still, no...

The Secret, Secret to Success

 

A lot of people know that a key secret to being successful is to set Well Formed Outcomes – effective goals that match certain criteria. The most well known of these is SMART;


• Specific
• Measurable (more importantly ‘Meaningful’ if you’re a Neuro-Semanticist!)
• Achievable
• Realistic
• Timed


But why is it that so many people who set well formed goals never actually achieve them?

Take Control of Your Destiny

 

Do you feel stuck, limited or at the mercy of fate or predestination?  Well your worries are over; there is an answer just for you!

Changing Bad Attitudes

 

We mostly recognise a ‘bad attitude’ in others. Most of the time we just grin and bear other peoples grumpy, opinionated, selfish attitudes and the resultant behaviours. Or if it all gets too much, we may explode and order someone to “change your damned attitude” after all, short of telling someone; how exactly do you change an attitude?

Living Vitally

 

Part of the Diploma in Self Actualisation Psychology is a module called Unleashing Vitality; where you learn to get in touch with your full set of needs, both Deficiency and Being needs. You get to understand exactly what ‘needs’ are, how they operate, how to unload needs that may have been ‘semantically loaded’ and to recognise and honour our needs by satisfying them with ‘true satisfiers’. All of this can sound a bit academic, but the main focus of the training are practical applications for your life and business.


One of the most fundamental insights I had was that by exploring ‘needs’ in such depth and gaining a proper understanding of them has allowed me such a  clarity of recognition of needs as they arise and how to satisfy them adequately so I can live with more vitality, vigour and motivation in day to day life. Another insight was that there are not really any motivation problems; we are all inherently motivated and full of energy. What most people refer to as ‘motivation problems’ are simply lower D-needs not being met.


Do you ever eat for comfort? Drink or smoke to de-stress? Hang out on the internet when feeling lonely? Or distract yourself in some other way that never really feels as though it’s adequate to satisfy some kind of need? As a practical case in point I’d like to share my current experience (as at time of writing this)...

A Good Sherpa

 

Many times I get phone calls and emails asking questions such as “can you make me more successful?”, “can you stop me procrastinating?”, “can you make me stop smoking?”, “can you stop me from being depressed?” etc. I am in the business of helping people achieve their goals and perform at their best both personally and professionally. Most people’s goals involve questions such as those mentioned; and this means Coaching. But beware of the coach you choose! They may help you, but they might be robbing you of your own power in the process...

Coping Effectively

 

Where I live in Christchurch NZ we experienced a disaster beyond anything many people could comprehend – massive earthquakes that killed people, reduced buildings and businesses to rubble and caused untold long-term stress for everyone involved. Many have fled, some never to return. For those of us who remain the question arises; What next?


Christchurch needs to get back to normal, but that ‘normal’ will be different from the one we knew before. To do this we need to be gentle with ourselves, step out of the pain of recent events and step into a positive future. Individuals need to make new decisions, set new goals and move towards a healing future. Businesses need to do the same and support employees and staff transition through to new economic growth. It’s undeniable that the future of Christchurch is going to be very, very different and everyone will need assistance. But how?

Finding Your Passion

 

Have you found your passion? Do you leap out of bed in the mornings so turned on by something that sleeping-in and that warm bed seems just such a waste of time? Are you so motivated and inspired by something in life that the very thought it gives you ‘goose bumps of the mind’? What will you put up with discomfort for? What will you willingly expend huge amounts of time, energy, money and effort on... just because it gives you massive amounts of pleasure?

For a person who lives their passion ‘work’ doesn’t exist; ‘effort’ doesn’t exist. Everything they do is a unique expression of their true self. Sounds nice, huh?
And if you’ve found your passion, great! But do you get enough of it? Is it just one activity? Does it frustrate you a bit ‘cos you can’t get enough of it? What if you could actually get paid to live it!? Would that be good?

The False Dream of Work-Life Balance

 

Do you believe in ‘work-life balance’? Well, the truth is that if you chase the elusive ‘work-life balance’ you’ll never be happy...

 

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Articles in Brief

  Kaizen is a Japanese term that means ‘Continuous Improvement’. It’s a concept that mirrors the self-actualisation drive we all have – when our...
  What do you think is your greatest asset is? • Your house?• Your car? No, not close yet... • Your physical health?• Your...
  A lot of people know that a key secret to being successful is to set Well Formed Outcomes – effective goals that match certain criteria. The most...
  Do you feel stuck, limited or at the mercy of fate or predestination?  Well your worries are over; there is an answer just for you!
  We mostly recognise a ‘bad attitude’ in others. Most of the time we just grin and bear other peoples grumpy, opinionated, selfish attitudes and...