Reach your goals with Kaizen—the Japanese art of gentle self-improvement
From Hygge to Ikigai, positive philosophies have taken the world by storm. Now, Kaizen—meaning “good change”—will help you transform your habits, without being too hard on yourself along the way. With Kaizen, even the boldest intention becomes a series of small, achievable steps. Each person’s approach will be different, which is why it’s so effective.
First popularized by Toyota, Kaizen is already proven in the worlds of business and sports. Here, Sarah Harvey shows how to apply it to your health, relationships, money, career, hobbies, and home—and how to tailor it to your personality. Kaizen is the key to lasting change!
In her approachable debut, Harvey, who worked as a publishing rights consultant in Japan, uses straightforward, encouraging language and inspiring photographs to explain the Japanese art of kaizen ("good change"), which advocates taking small steps toward achieving big goals. To begin, Harvey writes, one must identify the habit to be changed or goal to be achieved, then inventory priorities, formulate a plan of improvement, decide the time frame to meet the goal, create a daily or monthly to-do list, and keep a progress journal. While her prologue and introduction explore her exposure to Kaizen and the history of the practice in Japan, the bulk of the text serves purely as a guide for readers. If one encounters stumbling blocks, Harvey suggests adjusting targets to create more achievable goals and seeking support from family and friends. True change can take days, months, or years, she notes, and the process should be allowed to unfold without discouragement. Harvey also provides simple but practical steps visiting a museum for a cultural fix and organizing trips, for example to encourage new ways of thinking. Self-help enthusiasts interested in Japanese philosophies will find Harvey's practical advice constructive, positive, and suitable for many of life's situations.