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By Helen Noronha on Thursday January 5th, 2017 RELATED


The Ancient
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Practice of
Forest
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How to Stop
Procrastinating

Seven Ways
to Improve
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Concentration

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The One-Minute Principle For Self-


Improvement
A Spiritual Approach to
Creating the World We
Want
Atthe heart ofthis
method isthe idea that
aperson should practice doing
something for asingle minute,
every day atthe same time.
The Imposter Syndrome

Almost all ofus periodically set ourselves anew


goal orchallenge and just asoften inthe end
we fail toachieve it. Weend uptelling ourselves Do Biology and Culture
that were just not ready yet, that well doitnext Shape Human Emotion
week, next monthnext year.
A Spiritual
Wemight even pursue them with zeal atthe
Approach to
start. But once weve made asmall amount
ofeffort, well tell ourselves weve done enough, Creating the
and its time totake this whole starting anew World We
life thing more slowly. Want

Why does italways turn out like this? The The


answers fairly obvious: because wetry toachieve
Imposter
too much, too fast, weget sick ofthe new
Syndrome
responsibility and, because its dif cult tochange
old habits and try something new.
The Key to
Success
According to
Thich Nhat
Hanh

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Kaizen is the simple technique of practicing


1 Lao Tzus
Four
something for one minute every day. Rules for
Living

2
Just One Minute A Day Six
Healthy
Relationship
InJapanese culture there exists the practice Relationship
ofKaizen, which includes the idea ofthe one- Habits
minute principle for self-improvement. Atthe Most
heart ofthis method isthe idea that aperson People
should practice doing something for asingle
Think are
minute, every day atthe same time.
Toxic

You cant do Kaizen


3 Six
Habits of
just once or twice and expect Highly
immediate results. You have to Empathic
be in it for the long People
haul.Masaaki Imai

4 6 Qigong
Exercises
Clearly, itshouldnt beany trouble for absolutely for
anyone even the laziest person tocarry out Cultivating
agiven task for such asmall amount oftime. Healing
Whereas you will more often than not nd Energy
anexcuse not todosomething when faced with
carrying itout for 30 minutes oranhour aday,
you should beable todo it without any 5 The
Shocking
misgivings for just 60seconds. Truth of
What
Causes
Addiction

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Even the biggest mountain can seem smaller if


you take it one step at a time.

How to Stop
The Pursuit of Continuous Improvement Procrastinating
Whether its doing press-ups orreading abook
inaforeign language, inthis case the task before
you wont seem like something unpleasant which
you have toget through, but will instead
beanactivity which brings you joy and
satisfaction. By taking one little step atatime,
you will move ontothe path ofself-perfection
and achieve great results.
The Ancient Japanese


Practice of Forest
Bathing
When youre inspired
bysuch feelings, you will
gradually begin toincrease the
amount oftime you spend
doing the task which you have
set yourself.
Seven Ways to Improve
your Concentration
Its important toovercome that lack ofcon dence
you might have inyour own abilities, aswell
asfree yourself from those feelings ofguilt and
helplessness.

A simple technique that requires daily discipline


to achieve noticeable results.

Celebrate Each Step Forward


You need toexperience asense ofvictory and
success tomove forward. When youre inspired
bysuch feelings, you will gradually begin
toincrease the amount oftime you spend doing
the task which you have set yourself.
Maybe at rst just for ve minutes more, but then
this will soon turn into half an hour, and then
even longer after that.

Inthis way, the one-minute principle lets you see


the progress youre making right before your
eyes.

Each step that you take in your personal growth


is a cause for celebration.

Change and Wisdom

Kaizen originated inJapan. The word itself


contains two roots kai (change) and zen
(wisdom). Itwas invented byMasaaki Imai, who
believes this philosophy can can beapplied just
assuccessfully tothe world ofbusiness asitcan
toones personal life.

The word itself


contains two roots kai
(change) and zen (wisdom).
At rst glance, this practice might seem doubtful
and ineffective for people who have grown
upinWestern culture, with its emphasis onthe
idea that results can beachieved only
byundertaking immense efforts.

Imagine what you could achieve through the


pursuit of continuous improvement.

Applicable for Everybody

But elaborate, challenging programs ofself-


improvement which deprive aperson ofhuge
amounts ofenergy can simply end upexhausting
them, and leave notangible results. Kaizan
issomething that anyone can attempt invirtually
any sphere oftheir life. InJapan, for example,
itisoften applied toimprove management
techniques.

All you have todoisunderstand what itisyou


want toachieve, and youre already set togo.

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