Friday, June 11, 2010

Kaizen: A single word in Japanese defining the concept of “Never Ending Improvement”


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The reality around us is relative; at times it seems ever changing and never changing. It is the mere perception of our inner minds. The way we choose deliberately or inadvertently to relate to what we sense and then what we make of all that life presents to us is entirely up to us. We owe ourselves the responsibility in making the right choice in every single thought, experience and opportunity that life presents to us as a gift. Constantly seek ways to do things better in all areas of your life even in the most testing of situations. Confront and question your thoughts and emotions with all your heart, mind and soul. Embrace the positive emotions of Love, Desire, Hope, Faith, Romance, Courage and Zest. Reinforce these with every other situation, experience, memory or thought that goes with it. Work to grab the negative emotions of fear, jealousy, anger, hatred, revenge and selfishness with every single thought or external influence that may lead you to these. Reject, remove and replace them with what will and has been more constructive in your life, mind and heart. Eliminate doubt with decision. For doubt causes procrastination, crystallizes itself into fear and creates a fertile soil for the seeds of negativity to take root. Take a dig to uncover the obstacles you need to overcome, the lessons you deserve to learn and the growth that will piece together a successful human being in you inch by inch. The Japanese have one word for the concept of never ending improvement, kaizen. Progress and ultimate success come to those who train and keep training, and especially to those who learn and keep learning. Treat every nuance of failure as a beautiful opportunity and as a challenge that is waiting to propel you towards the victories that are destined for you. If you choose to stop, make yourself aware and control the thoughts your mind engages in, you can become a better spouse, lover, son, daughter, brother, sister, friend, employer, employee, athlete and citizen. Commitment to this choice in personal growth and success comes from the inside out and is tested often by the rigors of life. Measure yourself against the best, for you are just as worthy and blessed as any man or woman out there. Most others will choose to be average. This is what average means. You won’t know your limits if you don’t keep trying. Reject the idea of self made or social rules, restrictions and the limiting comfort of being good enough. Commit to excellence instead. You owe this to no one but yourself and the best of what your life was meant to be. Take each of your goals and think of how you can improve one percent each month. Success is a journey. It is not a quick fix. The joy is in the doing, rejoice in it and let the many processes of life work for you. Think of success not as a peak to be climbed but a high plateau to be walked with patience and endurance. Always encourage friends, loved ones, children or employees to do their best and to keep going. Nudge them on with your love, affection, help, kind words and best wishes. Set the bar high for yourself and for them. You will all be the better for it. With every single successful person you help create, you win. Your soul edges closer towards serving its destiny and true higher purpose in life by serving others.

- Love, Peace and Blessings to All my Dear Friends

Sincerely,
Jai Krishna Ponnappan