Kaizen—Seemingly simple, continuous and effective
Improvements are key to achieving perfection in anything, be it a goal, mode of work or a product. All activities that we know of as humans, evolve, a sort of insignificant upgrades to ourselves. We may not notice it as we live our lives but it does happen. Consciously making an effort to drive such constant and seemingly insignificant improvements to our work can help achieve perfection. It is like being in an always-on state of improvising. The factors that we choose to improve may not necessarily be huge. It's the continuous effort that counts. The cumulative result will be humungous compared to the times when you don't improvise regularly.
This is actually a Japanese principle, a Secret of Success because many people don't know what Kaizen is. It is that total quality management skill of the Japanese, which states that if you want to achieve success, then do small, seemingly insignificant, continuous, ongoing, never-ending improvements. If you take small, seemingly insignificant steps and develop an attitude of continuous, ongoing improvement, you will never fail. Don't try to build a mountain in one day. Don't try to achieve all your goals in a moment! Take those steps, which may appear small and seemingly insignificant. When we say continuous and ongoing improvements - it means that you must continue your ongoing, never-ending improvements. If this is your attitude, i.e., if you have the attitude of Kaizen, how can you fail? Do we ever run out of improvements to make? No, there's always room for upgrades.
Good enough is never good enough. Work your way up in small, constant improvisations and carve your path to success.
Believe that there is always a better way, and know that here's a better way. The problem is because we don't believe and know there's a better way, we don't make an effort to find it. What does the secret state? There's always a better way; so when there's something holding you back from success, tell yourself "There is a better way; I have to find it!” instead of asking or questioning yourself if there is a better way at all. The moment you start questioning yourself and doubting the fact that there is a better way, you stop looking for that better way. When you do that, you can never achieve success. Are you stuck? Is something not happening in your life? Is there a road block? Is there a wall between you and your success? Always remember that there is a way to jump across this wall or there is a way to break this wall. Remember the possibility thinkers' creed: When faced with a mountain, I will not quit! I will keep striving until I climb over, find a pass through the tunnel underneath or simply stay and turn the mountain into a gold mine with God's help. Every little effort you put in towards your success counts, no matter how miniscule. So what are you waiting for keep it up with the constant upgrades!