Day 5: Kaizen till I Can’t Zen No More

Okay, so day five has arrived and I find myself reflecting on the last few days with a certain amount of old-josh-self-regret but this time, I also notice a larger amount of 80-Day-Millionaire-josh confidence and praise for the handful of things I have accomplished in this short time.

Listing those accomplishments below, I’ve:

  • Made realistic promises(goals) with myself to be happy and successful(the 80 Day Millionaire promise being one)
  • recognized the characteristics of my inner self that were detrimental to the attainment of those promises
  • created a Mantra that empowers my sub-conscious mind through positive reinforcement
  • fostered the development of multiple ideas in the pursuit of my promises
  • created the concept for what I hope will be the main idea used to keep my promise of becoming the 80 Day Millionaire
  • created a blog to share my journey with others
  • empowered the management of my substance-abuse addiction in a way that is monitored and freeing at the same time
  • become a lot more honest and open with how I communicate with my wife and far more content given the promises I’ve made with myself

In all fairness however, I have fallen short of:

  • systemizing the way I work in order to optimize the amount of time required to complete tasks
  • improving my punctuality and time-management skills
  • self-evaluating myself better in order to improve upon my performance

Hopefully, you’ll all be able to see that my 5-day journey hasn’t been a home run and I have been found wanting in certain facets of my daily life but all in all, I can’t stress enough the fact that my accomplishments have been monumentally epic comparative to the way I was living my life beforehand.

When I reflect on the way I used to approach each and every task, never 100% focused on completing it, unknowingly sabotaging my own efforts through self-disempowerment, I can’t emphasize enough how incredible this change in frame of mind has been for me. If nothing else, you should all be taking note of the simple fact that I’ve failed to manage my own personal addiction for the last 10-12 years at least, until now that is. If someone was to come up to me today and ask how I’ve been able to gain so much more self-discipline and self-control, on reflection, all I could really say is that I truly like myself and believe I am accomplishing great things. Really.

It’s kind of hard to explain because everyone is going to come out and say they feel good about themselves, they believe in themselves, and they know they’re capable of accomplishing great things but all I can say is it’s not quite the same. I mean, to sit down and truly reflect on your life, measuring who you are against who you believe you should be. Being honest to yourself about what you want in life is always going to be the first step to success. Now sure, I’m no measuring stick by any means but something about that moment of reflection is so vitally important to you edifying yourself to a point where you see a fork in the road where once there was only a straight path, that, I truly, is the big bang of your future success.

Hopefully my results, after only five days, will go some way to showing everyone that measured and documented progress is pivotal to any type of self-improvement, whether it be interpersonal development or intrapersonal development, success in the workplace or success at home. The key is to keep your focus on continual improvement, which takes us back to the title of this post, Kaizen.

This word literally translates to “improvement”. Over time this word was gradually adopted in the Western world as a Japanese philosophy meaning ”Continuous Improvement”. Semantics aside, this single word is what separates the best from the rest. That’s not to insinuate that no one other than the top 3% of the Earth’s population practices continuous improvement, it’s simply to point out that the majority of great things are accomplished over a long period of time rather than instantaneously. Thus, by adopting the idea of working to gradually improve what you did today, tomorrow, you’ll slowly begin to realize that your ideas, for the most part, will only be limited by your commitment to pursue them day by day, step-by-step.

On that note, I implore all of you to reflect on what I’ve mentioned and consider whether you have inadvertently been doing a disservice to yourself by not being honest. If this is you, make a promise of gradual improvement from this day forth. I promise you that your own goals of Self Development and Personal Success will be all the more easy once you begin to actively embrace this single concept.

As always, I look forward to hearing from you and wish you well on your journey to end of success.