Kaizen is about learning from your failures, adapting and improving regularly over extended time. It’s steady, incremental, consistent progress towards your goals, missions and life purpose.
It has been well researched that it takes on average 7 years / 10,000 hours to master a subject or skill. Other things may take a lifetime and then some. But if you don’t get started you don’t have a prayer. Yes, it’s true that a journey of 1,000 miles begins with one step. Then another and another while keeping your eye steady.
Kaizen is about maintaining the right attitude, with the right behavior activities along with steadily improving the technique to achieve an excellent skill proficiency.
It starts with understanding and finding a strong purpose, your calling, your WHY.
That starts with knowing yourself. When you discover that and apply it to your career, your work will rarely be drudgery. Life is too short and you are too gifted at something to be working at something you hate or unfulfilled.
With that said, life including work isn’t all ‘sunshine and rainbows’ as Rocky Balboa said.
Until you find meaningful work, and even in that meaningful work, there are times when it’s hard and dirty.
During those times, during all times, let’s realize we work unto our Creator not unto man. Work was instituted in the Garden of Eden, which if you know the basics, that was BEFORE the fall, the ultimate virus of sin permeated the world, in which God tasked Adam with work.
Work is an elemental way we can glorify God. God certainly wants us to be a good steward, exercise our gifts and make this world a better place.
Paul encourages us to work with our whole being. That certainly includes our head, heart and hands.
When we get engaged like that, time flies and good stuff happens for in God, including our work, we live, move and have our being.
A man was asked to paint a boat. He brought his paint and brushes and began to paint the boat a bright red, as the owner asked him.
While painting, he noticed a small hole in the hull, and quietly repaired it.
When he finished painting, he received his money and left.
The next day, the owner of the boat came to the painter and presented him with a nice check, much higher than the payment for painting.
The painter was surprised and said “You’ve already paid me for painting the boat Sir!”
“But this is not for the paint job. It’s for repairing the hole in the boat.”
“Ah! But it was such a small service… certainly it’s not worth paying me such a high amount for something so insignificant.”
“My dear friend, you do not understand. Let me tell you what happened:
“When I asked you to paint the boat, I forgot to mention the hole.
“When the boat dried, my kids took the boat and went on a fishing trip.
“They did not know that there was a hole. I was not at home at that time.
“When I returned and noticed they had taken the boat, I was desperate because I remembered that the boat had a hole.
“Imagine my relief and joy when I saw them returning from fishing.
“Then, I examined the boat and found that you had repaired the hole!
“You see, now, what you did? You saved the life of my children! I do not have enough money to pay your ‘small’ good deed.”
So no matter who, when or how, continue to help, sustain, wipe tears, listen attentively, and carefully repair all the ‘leaks’ you find. You never know when one is in need of us, or when God holds a pleasant surprise for us to be helpful and important to someone.
Along the way, you may have repaired numerous ‘boat holes’ for several people without realizing how many lives you’ve save. ❤️
Make a difference….be the best you…
Have a blessed day🌿