Soon we say goodbye to 2017, and welcome 2018. With every year there come changes that impact our lives in various ways. There are some people who can’t handle change. For those who face this problem, boomer.com shares small steps to big change. This site mentions Kaizen, a Japanese technique which teaches small steps for continual improvement. In the book One Small Step Can Change Your Life, author Robert Maurer explains how to apply Kaizen to any situation. The first point in the book stresses the importance of understanding how to avoid the fears and failure associated with trying to make a drastic and dramatic change. Instead of trying to make a huge change all at once.

Here are the steps Maurer suggests when confronted with change to make it a successful one:

Ask questions to dispel fear and inspire creativity –

“Small questions create a mental environment that welcomes unabashed creativity and playfulness. When you ask small questions of others, you can channel that creative force toward team goals. By asking small questions of yourself, you lay the groundwork for a personalized kaizen program for change.”

Think small thoughts to develop new skills and habit –

“The easy technique of mind sculpture uses “small thoughts” to help you develop new social, mental, and even physical skills – just by imagining yourself performing them!”

Take small actions that guarantee success –

“By taking steps so tiny that they seem trivial or even laughable, you’ll sail calmly past obstacles that have defeated you before. Slowly – but painlessly! – you’ll cultivate an appetite for continued success and lay down a permanent new route to change.”

Solve small problems even when faced with an overwhelming crisis –

“We are so accustomed to living with minor annoyances that it’s not always easy to identify them, let alone make corrections. But these annoyances have a way of acquiring mass and eventually blocking your path to change. By training yourself to spot and solve small problems, you can avoid undergoing much more painful remedies later.”

Bestow small rewards to produce the results best –

“Whether you wish to train yourself or others to instill better habits, small rewards are the perfect encouragement. Not only are they inexpensive and convenient, but they also stimulate the internal motivation required for lasting change.”

Recognize the small but crucial moments that everyone else ignores –

“The Kaizen approach to life requires a slower pace and an appreciation of small strengthened relationships, and give you a daily boost towards excellence.”

The start of a new year can be nerve racking for some people. Using these steps will help them transform a brand-new life in the new year allowing them to find comfort in whatever changes they may face. Big changes lead to big successes!

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Joanne Marszal

Joanne Marszal


I live in West Palm Beach Florida and I have a Multimedia Journalism degree from Florida Atlantic University. Writing is my passion. I love helping people with information they need to know.


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