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One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way

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Improve your life fearlessly with this essential guide to kaizen—the art of making great and lasting change through small, steady steps.

The philosophy is simple: Great change is made through small steps.  And the science is irrefutable:  Small steps circumvent the brain's built-in resistance to new behavior.

No matter what the goal—losing weight, quitting smoking, writing a novel, starting an exercise program, or meeting the love of your life—the powerful technique of kaizen is the way to achieve it. Written by psychologist and kaizen expert Dr. Robert Maurer, One Small Step Can Change Your Life is the simple but potent guide to easing into new habits—and turning your life around. Learn how to overcome fear and procrastination with his 7 Small Steps—including how to Think Small Thoughts, Take Small Actions, and Solve Small Problems—to steadily build your confidence and make insurmountable-seeming goals suddenly feel doable.

Dr. Maurer also shows how to visualize virtual change so that real change can come more easily. Why small rewards lead to big returns. And how great discoveries are made by paying attention to the little details most of us overlook. His simple regiment is your path to continuous improvement for anything from losing weight to quitting smoking, paying off debt, or conquering shyness and meeting new people. Rooted in the two-thousand-year-old wisdom of the Tao Te Ching—“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”—here is the way to change your life without fear, without failure, and start on a new path of easy, continuous improvement.

228 pages, Hardcover

First published January 1, 2009

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Robert Maurer

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Librarian Note: There is more than one author by this name in the Goodreads database.

Robert Maurer, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist on the faculty of the UCLA and the University of Washington Schools of Medicine. He is the founder of the Science of Excellence, a consulting firm, and travels extensively presenting seminars and consulting on kaizen to diverse organizations, including corporations, hospital staffs, universities— even the U.S. Navy. Dr. Maurer lives in Spokane, Washington.

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883 reviews36 followers
February 3, 2013
Last fall Megan McArdle wrote a piece for The Daily Beast titled "What's Wrong with Self-Help Books?" We all read them, and why not? As she says: "I have not noticed that the people who surround me at conferences and social gatherings are so perfect as to require no futher improvement." Yet for most people there is some shame involved in admitting they get useful advice from these kinds of books.

But it can. And it did.

I think I read about Maurer's book in Elle magazine, right when it was published, in 2004. At the time I was in a big rut. I barely managed to start anything, let alone finish it. I read 2-3 books a year. I "didn't have time" to exercise, or to make anything, or even to visit a museum occasionally. I had to work; I had to do what needed to be done for my family.

The review struck a chord, so to speak, so I took the book out of the library. I mangaged somehow to read it completely through before it was due.

The ideas it contains are simple, and we've certainly heard them stated in many different ways before. But, as McArdle says, "...that doesn't mean they don't bear repeating."

Just do a little bit. Five minutes a day--anyone can carve out that much time. So I would read on the bus or the subway. And sometimes it was only 5 or 10 minutes. I did 10 minutes on the exercise bike. I worked on an unfinished project for 10 minutes.

A few things happened. I got into the habit of doing these things. Sometimes I managed to make a bit more time for them. And even with only 10 minutes a day, I started to see real progress after a couple weeks. All of a sudden I was far enough along that I could picture actually completely something, which made it more likely that I would.

I have not tried Kaizen to confront my fears, although Maurer gives advice and examples for that too.

Recently, I ran across the book again and decided to give it another look. It's hard for me to remember a time when I wasn't reading a book a week, when I didn't begin my day with some exercise, when I didn't expect to finish at least some of the things I started. Even if that moment is months away.

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." --Lao Tzu

"Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step." --Martin Luther King Jr.

"Whatever saves a man is to take a step. Then another step."
--Antoine de Saint-Exupery

"Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs."
--Henry Ford

We HAVE heard it before. But sometimes we just need to hear it again, in a different voice, at the right time.

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279 reviews343 followers
June 5, 2021
يتحدّث الكتاب عن مبدأ الكايزن
ومعناه باختصار اتّخاذ خطوات بسيطة للوصول لإنجازات عظيمة..

الكتاب قيّم الفكرة
ومليء بالأمثلة الواقعيّة المحفّزة..

وجدتُ نفسي أطبّق قانون الكايزن في حياتي ومشاريعي قبل أن أسمع بالكايزن أو أقرأ هذا الكتاب..
والسّبب أن مرجعيتي الأولى هي كلمات حبيبنا رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلّم
والذي لم يدع منحى من مناحي الحياة إلّا أشار إليه ووضع له الحلول والأساليب المناسبة..
وقد يرد هنا سؤال..
يعني هل كان رسولنا الكريم على اطّلاع بمبدأ الكايزن؟!!!ا
أو ربّما يقول قائل ها أنت تفعلين كما يفعل الجميع كل أمر نكتشفه عند الغرب فورا نقول لقد سبقكم الإسلام له.. حتّى لم تعد لتلك الكلمة مصداقيّة خاصّة أنّنا لا نطبّق ما سبق الإسلام الغرب له.. ونكتفي بالتّباهي فقط وتبخيس الآخر..

نعم وبكل ثقة أقول.. لقد كان رسولنا الكريم عليه أفضل الصّلاة والسّلام -ومازال- المرشد النّفسي الأوّل.. ولن تفلح أمّته ما لم تعد لنهحه وهديه..

كما ذكرت يعتمد مبدأ الكايزن على فكرة الخطوات البسيطة اليوميّة والتي ستؤدّي عاجلاً أم آجلاً للنّتيجة المرجوّة..
ألم يذكر سيدنا محمّد عليه الصّلاة والسّلام: (أحبّ الأعمال إلى الله أدومها وإن قل)
وقال أيضاً: (إنّ الدّين يسرٌ، ولن يُشادّ الدّين أحدٌ إلّا غلبه، فسدّدوا وقاربوا وأبشروا، واستعينوا بالغدوة وشيء من الدّلجة) رواه البخاري ومسلم.
ألا يلخّص مبدأ الكايزن فحوى هذا الحديث!!
جاء هذا الكتاب وعزّز مبدأي بالحياة التي أسير وفقاً له أكثر وأكثر
لطالما آمنتُ بالخطوة الأولى.. ولطالما أثمر هذا الإيمان في حياتي..
فعندما أسترجع شريط حياتي أرى أن أغلب ما وصلتُ له وحقّقته – على تواضعه وقلّته- كان سببه اِتّباعي لهذا المنهج..
ولكن طبعاً كانت مرجعيتي أحاديث نبيّنا الكريم عليه الصّلاة والسّلام..
وأحياناً ربمّا كنتُ أحقّق أموراً قد تعتبر خارقة.. ولكنّها تمّت- بعد فضل الله وعونه وتوفيقه- بسبب قيامي بالخطوة الأولى
كان آخرها عملٌ بدأت به على عِظمه من شهر آذار 2013 وأنهيته بالتّمام والكمال كما خطّطتُ له في شهر تشرين الثّاني 2014
ربّما يرى البعض أنّ المدّة طويلة نوعاً ما ولكن مقارنة مع هول العمل والظّروف الصّعبة المرافقة له، لا تكاد مدّة زمنيّة تُذكر..
انطلقت فيه بخطوة أولى بسيطة وتمّ بعون الله وتيسيره..
وفي رأيي أن اتّباع مبدأ الكايزن في حياتنا هو الذي يعطيها الألق والبهجة والقدرة على المتابعة والاستمرار فيها رغم المنغّصات..
فمن طبعي أنّي لا أستطيع أن أعيش دون أن يكون لي هدفٌ أسعى وراءه لأحقّقه..
وهذا بالطبع يستغرق أيّاماً وشهوراً وسنيناً من العمر، ولكن مع هذا يعطيها النّكهة المميزة..
فطالما أنّ العمر يُطوى والسّنين تمر كلمح البصر، فلنستغل ذلك بهدف تسعى وراءه، وإن لم نستطع تحقيقه فيكفينا شرف المحاولة..
لذا تراني بعد كل هدف أحقّقه وأنتهي منه ورغم شعوري بالسّعادة الغامرة كوني أنجزت ما كان ببالي ولكن بالمقابل ينتابني شعور بالحزن والفراغ وربمّا التّعاسة.. أن ماذا عساي أن أفعل الآن..
فلم يعد هناك ما أسعى له وأصبو إليه..
ولكن بفضل الله يظهر لي فجأة أمر آخر وهكذا دواليك..
هكذا هي تركيبتي من قبل أن أعرف الكايزن
وها أنا قد قرأت عن الكايزن واقتنعت به وأحببتُ مبدأه، ولكن تبقى مرجعيتي كلام سيّد المرسلين..
وكم يؤسفني أن أرى من يستمع لك ويشنّف سمعه إن تحدّثت وتشدّقت بتلك العبارات الحديثة البرّاقة..
وتراه يتململ ويتأفّف إن قلتُ نفس الفكرة ولكن من خلال كلام نبيّنا الكريم عليه الصّلاة والسّلام..
لعمري هذا هو الاستهزاء..
وهو سبب ضياعنا..

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746 reviews269 followers
June 11, 2018
Second read:

4.5 stars. If you're looking to make any type of change in your personal or work life, this is a great book to get hold of. It is a fast read and is filled with practical examples of kaizen, which is small changes put in place to bring about big changes down the line. This is my second read, and this time I've taken notes. I wouldn't be surprised if I read this book yet again in the future.

The concept here is that small, painless steps toward a goal are so easy that the mind gives no resistance, and before you know it, you've made big changes. The author is a clinical psychologist and gives many examples from both his practice counseling clients and also working with businesses and organizations. I highly recommend this book to almost anyone. Who isn't looking to make a change?

First read:
What a terrific book! Do you remember the film "What About Bob" with Bill Murray? This book, written by an expert in motivation with a background in therapy, teaches the concept of kaizen, or continuous improvement.

Don't be overwhelmed by a big challenge. Attack it in teeny steps. Each day, walk forward, just one small step. And watch the big become small.

From the back flap: As one client succinctly put it, 'the steps are so small, I couldn't fail'. And as far as being too busy to solve a problem, learn a new skill, overcome a fear, or curb a bad habit, forget it – who doesn't have the 30 seconds it takes to get started?

So true. And a fast read, too. Most people have something in their life they'd like to improve. What's holding you back? Fear of failure? Take a baby step. And build on your successes, one small step at a time. This book and its methods have and will change lives. What have you got to lose? Give it a chance. I'm sure glad I did.
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678 reviews256 followers
September 5, 2017
Rating: somewhere between 3.5 and 4, but leaning towards the latter.

This book introduces us to the Kaizen way of changing your life through small steps: small questions, small thoughts, small actions, solving small problems and giving small rewards. This works if it's about you as much it's about a group of people in a business. By doing so small steps it's almost ridiculous, we override the brain's natural resistance and fear of changes. It's true that there has been recommendations of breaking changes into steps, but this takes it a bit smaller. And it's true that some people really can do big leaps - like from meat-eater to vegan - but success in this way is rather rare.

The size of my book is smaller than usual, which sort of markets the smallness of Kaizen steps further :)

In the preface and introduction we dismantle some change myths, and talk of the importance of service and gratitude, and the origins of the Kaizen way: it's actually originally American, invented at the start of WWII, then later introduced to postwar Japan, to lift them back up quicker... this is where the name comes from, and you can see how Japan benefited from the method very well.

We then outline the theory, before going through all the small-ways, and how to use each of them. At the first step, 'small questions', we look closer at how making steps small lets us go around fear and procrastination, plus the fact is that brains *love* questions. At each chapters start there is the main point immediately, them some further tips on making the steps happen. You don't have to do all steps with each change, though some fit well with each other.

In 'small thoughts' we pratice success through imagination. In 'small problems' the point is made that we shouldn't ignore small problems, since letting them be may end up letting them grow into big problems and nuisances (like finding a new employee creating massive problems). And in 'small rewards' it's revealed how small rewards bring better results than 'huge' ones.

I made so many notes reading this. The ending does not end very solidly, hence my rating, but even that one is positive in its slight vagueness. That said, the majority of the book is very solid, clear and helpful, and inspiring. I can see this being very helpful no matter what needs to be changed or improved, and whether it's business-related or just personal improvement. A very good book, this one.
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718 reviews1,251 followers
August 14, 2019
مثل بداية كل سنة اضع مجموعة من القرارات واالأهداف لتحقيقها هذه السنة على عدة اصعدة.و للا سف اجد ان هذه اهداف نفسها احملها معي لسنة قادمة.
لانني ابدا بحماسة التجديد و التحدي ثم تفتر العزيمة و اعود للروتين.
لكن هذه سنة و بشكل فطري و عفوي اردت فعل عكس.لن اغير كل يوم.سافرض على نفسي خطوات بسيطة و التزم بها مهما كانت ظروف.
و الحمد الله نجحت في هذا و بعد مدة معينة ازبد تلك خطوات.
انا الصراحة تجربتي هي جعلتني اغير استراتيجية و تذكر لحديث رسول صلى الله عليه و سلم حول مداومة على الخير."أحب الاعمال الى الله أدومها و إن قل "
ثم اتفجأ ان هناك كتاب يتحدث على هذا و بشكل مفصل مع ضرب امثلة و اهم شئ مجالات اخرى لتطبيقه.
انا سعيت لتطبيق في مجال ضيق.
الكتاب خفيف و مفيد انقصت نجمات لسبين الاثنين:
اولا: ان هناك اطالة احيانا لا مبرر لها.
ثانيا: لان تقنيته التي تعمد على توهم العقلي لم ترق لي كثير و كذلك و انا اقرأ خطر ببالي كتاب السر و قوة الجذب الذي لدي عدة احترازات عليه.
لكنه كتاب جيد.

14 janv 2019🌹
147 reviews29 followers
December 12, 2020
"أحب الأعمال إلى الله أدومها وإن قلت"
1 review
March 15, 2011
In "One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way," Robert Maurer, Ph.D., makes the case that, because people are resistant to dramatic changes, trying to improve your life through drastic measures (such as giving up smoking cold-turkey or going on a crash diet) usually leads to failure (although the author admits this is not always the case). Instead he recommends that we take small, almost insignificant steps towards our goals. In doing so, we lessen our resistance to change and therefore more likely to produce long-lasting, significant changes over time.

Pros: Unlike other self-help books, the advice offered in here is extremely easy to incorporate into your day-to-day life. The author argues that by marching in front of the television for one minute a day will encourage you to do more. Another positive note is that the material does not necessarily conflict with other philosophies on this topic (in fact, as mentioned before, it doesn't even say that drastic change is always bad). This book is also extremely short, which I guess is extremely fitting given the subject matter.

Cons: Like many self-help books based on a gimmick, the evidence presented as proof is either not cited or questionable as it concerns its relevancy. This may not bother everyone, but personally if an author isn't going to site research, he shouldn't bother typing the words "studies have shown."
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630 reviews334 followers
April 6, 2013
كان أول ما سمعت هذه الكلمة (الكايزن) من الراحل الفقي بأسلوبه المحفّز المثير، ظننت أصلُها وأسّها ياباني، إلا أن الكاتب روبرت موريور يبدأ كتابه بالقول بأنها أمريكية الأصل انتقلت بعدها إلى اليابان بعد الحرب العالمية الثانية؛ لتصبح عقيدة يؤمن بها اليابانيون
اصنع أسئلة صغيرة، اعمل أعمالا صغيرة، فكر بأفكار صغيرة، قدّم مكافآت صغيرة، انتبه للحظات صغيرة، كل ما يدور حوله هذا الكتاب
الأميجدولا محور يقوم حوله الكتاب، فعلى رأي الكاتب أن الأعمال الكبيرة، والتغييرات المعقدة المركبة التي ننوي تغييرها في نمط حياتنا، يثير الخوف القلق الفشل أحيانا، لكن خطوات صغيرة لا تثير هذه الأميجدولا التي صنفها ضمن العقل الوسطي، فيحصل التغيير بدون أي شعور بالخوف
الكتاب ملئ بأمثلة كثيرة لهذه التقنية السلوكية التغييرية، والجميل أنها لغالبية عملاء الكاتب
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554 reviews427 followers
January 7, 2018
الكايزن=التحسين المستمر

الارادة والصبر+التدرج+الاستمرارية

ايجابيات الكتاب
"ذكرني بحديث النبي ﷺ:"إن أحب الأعمال إلى الله أدومها وإن قل.
-التدرج في تغيير بعض العادات التي مللت من الفوضى الحاصلة في عقلي بسببها
-البحث أكثر عن "الكايزن" في اليوتيوب
ملخص الكتاب في 4 دقائق ^_^

-التكرار والحشو وإلا فالكتاب بالكاد يتجاوز أربعين صفحة
-التعميم إذ أنه قدم قصصا من الواقع (قصة لكل فصل) وبنى عليها استنتاجات ونصائح .. ما يفيد زيدا لا يفيد عمرو يا عم روبرت

نصيحة ختامية
اقرأ الكتاب كاملا في ربع ساعة ... كيف ؟؟؟

قلب الصفحات اقرأ العنوان الرئيسي للفصل وطالع الأفكار الموجودة في اطارات وبهذا ستكسب الوقت والجهد وتستفيد كغيرك ممن قرأ الكتاب كاملا
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1,064 reviews104 followers
November 9, 2020
It may be a little unfair to be negative about One Small Step Can Change Your Life. After all, I don’t disagree with the book’s main point. For me, though, there are two hindrances. One is that I’ve recently read a completely fantastic book about mental health (Bessel van der Kolk’s The Body Keeps the Score) and a completely fantastic book about small changes (Atomic Habits, by James Clear). Robert Maurer’s book is in those areas too, but without the excellent research presentation that makes those other books so remarkable.

The other difficulty I have with this book is that the main point is really (wait for it...) small. That’s fine—it’s a great main point, that a good way to move ahead in changes you want for your life is to start with laughably small goals that will keep you moving forward toward the bigger changes. It’s just . . . that’s it. It’s 221 (small) pages of that. This is a book that could have been a blog post. (In fact, here’s the blog post. Read this and you’ll know as much as you probably need to about kaizen.)

Maurer’s book is fine, but it didn’t add to what I already knew. If you’re new to kaizen or “mini-habits,” you’ll likely enjoy it. Personally, I preferred the earlier version, by the esteemed Dr. Leo Marvin. You may be familiar with it, too:

Baby Steps

(I’m not kidding—if this movie is a favorite of yours, then you will hear this whole book in the over-patient, condescending voice of Dr. Leo Marvin, and you’ll imagine Bob Wiley obsessively following the advice.)

I also think Dale Cooper gave me an early introduction to kaizen ideas:

Agent Cooper

P. S. Malaria has not been cured (page 203).
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Author 1 book51 followers
October 23, 2016

ذكّرني صديقي - عندما أخبرني عن الكتاب - بحديث وارد عن أمير المؤمنين علي بن أبي طالب (ع) وعن الإمام جعفر الصادق (ع)، مفاد أحد مقاطعه "من استوى يوماه فهو مغبون ..."؛ وهي لعمري مقولة عظيمة، تمثّل فلسفة حياة بأجمعها، فهي تختصر جزئية الكتاب التي تتحدث عن التحسين المستمر، وإن كان صغيرًا ضئيل الحجم. إلا أن الكاتب استعان بالتغيير البسيط في سبب آخر، لا تعرض له المقولة، وهو خداع خوف الإنسان من التغيير - خاصة إذا كبر، فعندما تكرر عملًا بسيطًا جدًا، فإن خوفك من الخطوة التالية تقلّ، وقابليتك لها تزيد.

وقد اجتهد الكاتب في إخراج الكتاب بعدة ألسن، فتارة يكون علميًا، مستدلًا على ما يقول بآراء العلماء، وتارة يكون قصصيًا، متتبعًا للقصص الناجحة التي توصل الفكرة بصورة سهلة يسيرة. وهو كتاب محفز جدًّا، على الرغم من الترجمة الراكدة، غير الجذابة، التي جعلتني أؤمن بضرورة الرجوع إلى اللغة الأم للعمل. وعلى الرغم من اللغة المصطنعة للإبهار التي أشعر بأنها تزوّق الكلام أكثر من مجرد الاستدال به.
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91 reviews8 followers
January 24, 2020
Why is this a book and not a two-page booklet?
Hey, kids, let me tell you a secret. It is much easier to finish small tasks than big ones... whaaaat?! БДЫЩЩЩЩ! MIND BLOWN!!! This practice... no... philosophy! This philosophy is so awesome that it has its own name. And it works all the time except when it doesn't. And we know it is cool because the Japanese use it.
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1,096 reviews666 followers
March 8, 2016
تعرفت على كلمة او مفهوم الكايزن من الكتاب السابق
اضغط الزر و انطلق
و من حلقة ل احمد الشقيرى عن اليابان و كونسيبت الكايزن

كتبت ف ريفيو سابق لاحد كتب التنمية البشرية ان ما فى الكتاب يلخصه الرسول الكريم معلمنا الاول منذ 1400 فى احاديثه النبوية للصحابة
و اليوم اكرر نفس الكلام....
"خير الامور ادومها و ان قل"
"ان المؤمن كيس فطن ان الدين يسر و لن يشاد الدين احد الا غلبه فعليكم ب الغدوة و الروحة و شىء من الدلجة"

صدق رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم
يعنى الانسان يوم ما ينوى يقوم باحد اعمال الخير لا يبدأ ب الكثير و انما يبدا ب القليل اللى يضمن انه يستمر عليه مفيش حد هيقدر يغلب الدين و الالتزام بيه فلازم تبتدى واحدة واحدة و تبتدى ب الاصغر و لكن الادوم

قرأت من قبل كتاب ل دكتور جامعى مصرى عاش ب اليابان 20 سنة فكان يحكى عن الشخص و المجتمع اليابانى المدهش..فكان يقول الفرد اليابانى بمفرده ليس حاد او خارق الذكاء كما نسمع او نتخيل ...هناك اى عمل لا يستطيع فرد القيام به يتعاون عدد زملاء فى انهاء الامر معا حتى بدون سابق اتفاق ...اسلوب حياتهم قائم على فكرة التجمع فى فريق و اتخاذ كل فرد دور و لو صغير فى الفريق و القيام به على اكمل وجه..... لو جمعت 10 يابانين و 10 عرب لوجدت الفريق الاول يقسم العمل و ينهيه باسلوب مدهش فى حين لا يزال ال 10 العرب يتجادلون بشان من يقوم ب ماذا ..و لماذا دورى اكبر او اصعب من دور فلان ؟ و انا قد انهيت دورى ف استريح و ماليش دعوة ب باقى الفريق....
يكمل ذلك الدكتور كلامه و يقول اما عن الفرد اليابانى فو لو قرر ان يتعلم لعبة او هواية جديدة فهو يلتزم بالامر التزام تام مدهش .... ان قرر ان يتعلم الجولف ستجده يكرس عقود من عمره لا سنين لتعلمها و اتقانها ..مهما تطلب الامر ... الموضوع ليس له علاقة ب اهمية ما يريد تعلمه و انما الفكرة و المبدأ و التزامه تجاه نفسه ..تجده يتمرن يوميا على امساك المضرب يشاهد اشرطة يقرأ كتب و يتمرن و يكرر كل هذا لا لساعات يوميا و انما و لو 5 دقائق يوميا الفكرة انه لا يهمل "5 دقائق الجولف" ابدا...ابدا بمعنى ابدا

الكايزن اسلوب التحسين المستمر....كانت فكرة امريكية فى التصنيع السريع ابان الحرب العالمية انتقلت الفكرة لليابانين تحمسوا لها
و استمروا ف العمل بها ...قائمة على طرح اسئلة صغيرة ... التفكير فى افكار صغيرة للتطوير .... ثم القيام بافعال صغيرة قليلة مستمرة تجاه الهدف الكبير...ثم مكافأة المجد او حتى مكافاة النفس..مع كل نجاح صغير..و التامل و التمحيص فى اللحظات الصغيرة
كلها امور صغيرة من شأنها تغيير حياتك
الكتاب هو تطبيق ل اسلوب الكايزن و لكن على الجانب النفسى لا الصناعى
قرات فى الكتاب السابق اضغط الزر و انطلق جملة ذكية لارسطو حينما ساله رجل كيف اصل و اتسلق جبل الاوليمب اجابه ببساطة تأكد ان كل خطوة تخطوها هى باتجاه الاوليمب..بس :)

ملخص الكتاب

الكتاب التالى :
Profile Image for محمد حمزة.
305 reviews136 followers
Shelved as 'كتب-قرأت-مراجعات-وافية-عنها'
January 18, 2018
كتاب الكايزن قرأت مراجعات وافية عنه، واستفدتُ منها فاستغنيت عن قراءة الكتاب.

شكرا لمراجعة الأخت وفاء غولدن
شكرا لمراجعة الأخ إبراهيم الموالي
شكرا لمراجعة الأخت مناجاة فراشة

جمادى الأولى - 1439
Profile Image for Foad Ansari.
241 reviews36 followers
March 25, 2017
کایزن یک روش عالی برای انجام کارهای بزرگ است
اگر هدف بزرگی دارید هر روز از خود پبرسید چه کار کوچکی میتوانم بکنم که یک قدم به هدفم نزدیک شوم
Profile Image for Abeer Abdelhamid.
313 reviews11 followers
August 28, 2022
اذا كانت تريد او محتاج ان تغير او تحل مشكلة كبيرة فى حياتك الشخصية او العملية او حتى الصحية لبس عليك اتخاذ خطوات كبيرة او جذرية لحل تلك المشكلة لأن ذك قد يكون مجهود كبير يدفعك للتخاذل او قد يمنعك الخوف من الفشل ان تأخد تلك الخطوات ولكن الحل الذى يقترحه الكتاب هو اخذ خطوات صغيرة جدا وبسيطة جدا ولكن بشكل مستمر.. فبذلك يمكنك حل تلك المشكلة بشكل تدريجى غير مؤلم ولا يستفز خوفك من التغيير او من الفشل

فكرة الكتاب واقعيىة وسهلة التنفيذ واسلوب الكتاب بسيط وسهل

أيدأ من حيث انت الان ولتكن البداية صغيرة
Profile Image for Karen Witzler.
477 reviews157 followers
January 5, 2020
Kaizen has taken over my workplace. I do find it somewhat intriguing and more realistic than the self-improvement books I read in my youth.

I read this for Book Riot Challenge 2019.
Profile Image for George Rodriguez.
Author 18 books9 followers
July 23, 2013
One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way is a nice little book. It clocks in at under 200 pages and has a somewhat interesting premise. Based on the Japanese technique of Kaizen, or continuous improvement through small steps, the author lays out a plan that follows that logic.

I would classify this book as a Twitter book because you can sum it up in 140 characters or less. ”Start small and celebrate every improvement you make on the road to success.”

And when the author says small, he means small. For instance, if you want to get in the habit of flossing your teeth he advises to start with one tooth! My dentist told me that same thing, but I don’t think she read it in this book.

Either way, starting small and making small progress while trying to change makes total sense to me. What I have a hard time accepting is if you have the discipline or willpower to floss one tooth a night until it becomes a habit why not just floss all your teeth?

And why did this review suddenly become about dental hygiene? Floss, don’t floss, that is between you and your dentist. I know there are better books out there for those who want to change something in their life and I would put this book at the end of the line.
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66 reviews10 followers
July 2, 2017
The Kaizen Way to deal with problems is to start with very simple steps that are very easy to accomplish and continuously improve in simple increments. This is especially applicable when the problems to be solved appear so daunting that we try to avoid taking any action at all. The author gives many examples where Kaizen way has helped individuals, organizations and societies solve seemingly difficult problems.
The advice offered by the author is very simple and practical. This is applicable in any area like health, work, relationship etc. I have certainly gained some knowledge on how to approach overcoming some bothersome weaknesses at work and life. In situations where a drastic change is difficult or not practical, the principles discussed in this book come very handy.
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55 reviews4 followers
September 7, 2018

طريقة الكايزن لروبيرت ماورير

كيف تحسن حياتك باستخدام الكايزن ؟!! كتاب خفيق ورائع ويمكن استخدامه لتحسين حياتنا بشكل مستمر عن طريق امور صغيرة وبخطوات بسيطة ولكن التغييرات البسيطة ستؤدي الى نتاج كبيرة ومبهرة بعد فترة

كل ما عليك هو القيام بالخطوة الاولى والانطلاق بدون خوف او رهبة

في النهاية يجب ان لا ننسى ان رحلة الالف ميل تبدا بخطوة ,
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39 reviews56 followers
January 19, 2019
(( عَنْ عَائِشَةَ أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهم عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ سَدِّدُوا وَقَارِبُوا وَاعْلَمُوا أَنْ لَنْ يُدْخِلَ أَحَدَكُمْ عَمَلُهُ الْجَنَّةَ وَأَنَّ أَحَبَّ الْأَعْمَالِ إِلَى اللَّهِ أَدْوَمُهَا وَإِنْ قَلَّ ))
ابدأ من حيث أنت الآن، ولتكن البداية صغيرة....دوام....اصبر....أعدك ستكون النتيجة مبهرة.
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615 reviews26 followers
March 6, 2022


+ What is kaizen?
- Using very small steps to improve a habit, a process, or product
- Using very small moments to inspire new products and inventions

+ Categories of kaizen
1. Asking small questions to dispel fear and inspire creativity
- By asking small, gentle questions, we keep the fight-or-flight response in the “off” position. Kaizen questions such as “What’s the smallest step I can take to be more efficient?” or “What can I do in five minutes a day to reduce my credit-card debt?” or “How could I find one source of information about adult education classes in my city?” allow us to bypass our fears.
- The mere act of posing the same question on a regular basis and waiting patiently for an answer mobilizes the cortex.
- Ex: Assuming that your ideal man shares your interests, where would you like to meet him?
- Ex: If I were guaranteed not to fail, what would I be doing differently?
- Ex: Is there a person at work or in my personal life whose voice and input I haven’t heard in a long time? What small question could I ask this person?
- Ex: Every day, ask yourself: What’s one good thing about this person?
2. Thinking small thoughts to develop new skills and habits—without moving a muscle
- Decide how many seconds you’re willing to devote to mind sculpture for this task each day. Make sure you allot seconds, not minutes or hours; the time commitment should be so low that you can easily fulfill its requirements every single day… Increase the length and pace only when the previous stage of mind sculpture has become effortless. If you start making excuses for not practicing mind sculpture, or if you find yourself forgetting to do it, then you need to cut back on the amount of time.
- Ask yourself: What is a tiny step I could make to achieve my goal? Let the question stew for a few days or weeks. When you have an answer, you can use mind sculpture to imagine yourself taking that step.
- Ex: For people with recurring nightmares: I ask them to relive the dream, but with a happy ending. Dozens of my clients have used this technique, and for each one the nightmare or flashback has vanished within a matter of days.
- Ex: What small, trivial step could you take that might improve the quality of your health?
3. Taking small actions that guarantee success solving small problems, even when you’re faced with an overwhelming crisis
- Your first actions will be very small ones—so small that you might find them odd or even silly. That’s okay. It’s helpful to have a sense of humor when you’re trying to change your life.
- This gradual buildup to a steady program is the exact opposite of the usual pattern, in which a person starts off with a burst of activity for a few weeks, but then returns to a comfortable spot on the couch.
- Sometimes, despite your best planning, you’ll hit a wall of resistance. Don’t give up! Instead, try scaling back the size of your steps. Remember that your goal is to bypass fear—and to make the steps so small that you can barely notice an effort.
- You’ll know that the step is small enough if you are as certain you can do it as you are that the sun will come up tomorrow… If you ever feel yourself dreading the activity or making excuses for not performing it, it’s time to cut back on the size of the step… You’ll know you’re ready for the next step when your current step becomes automatic, effortless, and even pleasurable.
- Ex: Toss out the first bite of one fattening snack.
- Ex: Save just one dollar per day.
4. Bestowing small rewards to yourself or others to produce the best results
- The larger the external rewards, the greater the risk of inhibiting or stunting the native drive for excellence.
- When you’re implementing a plan for change but find yourself bored, restless, and stuck, look around for hidden moments of delight.
- Ex: Spend a minute or two each day writing a kind note to tuck into a loved one’s briefcase or a child’s lunchbox.
5. Recognizing the small but crucial moments that everyone else ignores
- We are so accustomed to living with minor annoyances that it’s not always easy to identify them, let alone make corrections. But these annoyances have a way of acquiring mass and eventually blocking your path to change. By training yourself to spot and solve small problems, you can avoid undergoing much more painful remedies later.
- “Confront the difficult while it is still easy; accomplish the great task by a series of small acts.” Tao Te Ching

+ Kaizen vs. innovation (radical and sudden change)
- “I applaud innovation as a way to make changes . . . when it works. Turning our lives around on a dime can be a source of confidence and self-respect. But I have observed that many people are crippled by the belief that innovation is the only way to change.”
- The small steps of kaizen and the giant leaps of innovation are not mutually exclusive; used together, they become a formidable weapon against even the most profound, complex, and apparently unsolvable problems. When people are up against a thorny problem they’ve been unable to resolve, I generally advise them to focus on kaizen first. Once they understand small steps, they find that they’ve developed an intuitive sense for when innovation is appropriate and how to mix the two.

+ Tidbits of trivia
- A Mayo Clinic study revealed that going to the gym for an hour a day did not reduce the risks associated with sitting for six or more hours a day… The solution to the health risks posed by excessive sitting is not huge and unmanageable—i.e., a full hour at the gym each day—but rather small and doable: getting up from the desk every hour or so.
- One of the most solid predictors of success in life is whether a person turns to another human for support in times of trouble or fear.

Potent Quotables:

The small steps of kaizen disarm the brain’s fear response, stimulating rational thought and creative play… Small actions (say, writing just three notes) satisfy your brain’s need to do something and soothe its distress. As the alarms die down, you’ll renew access to the cortex and get some of your creative juices flowing again.

Many remarkable people preferred the word fear to stress or anxiety… Adults, I believe, assume that if they are living correctly, they can control the events around them. When fear does appear, it seems all wrong—so adults prefer to call it by the names for psychiatric disease. Fear becomes a disorder, something to put in a box with a tidy label of “stress” or “anxiety.”

People who struggle with kaizen do so not because the steps are hard but because they are easy. They can’t overcome the cultural training that says change must always be instantaneous, it must always require steely self-discipline, and it must never be pleasurable.

Kaizen asks us to be patient. It asks us to have faith that with small steps, we can better overcome the mind’s initial resistance to change. We do not have control of the timetable for our change—just as we cannot pinpoint the moment we achieved a goal such as learning to drive or ski or play the guitar. We simply have to trust that the mind will develop mastery and obey the instructions we are sending it.

Isn’t slow change better than what I’ve experienced before, which is no change at all?

Ask yourself: Do I need to learn to change anything based on this worry or regret of mine? If the answer is yes, then take a step toward that change. If the answer is no (and often it is), scan the room for an object or person that gives you the strongest sense of pleasure. Focus your thoughts on this item for thirty seconds. This process trains your brain to live in the moment.
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679 reviews33 followers
May 29, 2021
3.5 stars

This was a good read, but for some reason all the patient examples he gave kept irritating me.

Would definitely read this one again .
44 reviews
September 25, 2008
3.5 stars

Good books inspire, soothe, excite, amaze, motivate, confound, delight, intrigue—or do any number of other good things—maybe not all at once, but without fail they bring something extra to the table. I would argue that every really good book will get you thinking, and some will even get you acting differently. By this measure, One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way is a good book.

Kaizen is a Japanese word that refers to "achieving great and lasting success through small, steady steps," an interesting—although not necessarily intuitive—place to start for a person like me who sometimes thinks all good change comes in one fell swoop! In practicing kaizen you begin by making tiny but regular steps toward a goal so that you can circumvent whatever (fear, inertia, etc.) keeps you from starting out, and it eventually snowballs into real movement and significant change. So, for example, you might begin a workout program by exercising one minute per day at first or try instituting portion control and healthy eating habits, not by cutting out sweets cold turkey, but just by throwing out that first bite of dessert for a couple weeks and working your way up to the rest.

This book is an argument for patience (with ourselves and with the process), faith and perspective (believing in the benefits of putting in the time to see a change in the long haul), gentleness (easing our way into change and not beating ourselves up for not being ready to jump in feet first or *gasp* for having any flaws to begin with), living in the moment (focusing on the details of now not just dreaming up grand plans for the future), and excellence (striving for improvements even after you've hit good enough).

This isn't one of those books in which the writing is transcendent or the author never hits a flat note, but that is completely beside the point. It's a helpful explication of a solid concept—nicely done.

Preface: One Small Step
Chapter One: Why Kaizen Works
Chapter Two: Ask Small Questions
Chapter Three: Think Small Thoughts
Chapter Four: Take Small Actions
Chapter Five: Solve Small Problems
Chapter Six: Bestow Small Rewards
Chapter Seven: Identify Small Moments
Chapter Eight: Kaizen for Life
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389 reviews89 followers
July 8, 2017
The title is no exaggeration - this book really can change your life, in teeny-tiny baby steps that build up into something big and paradigm-shifting.

An easy and enjoyable read that I finished in a few hours. Highly recommended, especially for teachers, but for anybody in pursuit of any kind of improvement in anything or anybody, most especially oneself.

Here's a great summary of the book's main points – I now use this in my teaching:
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272 reviews61 followers
December 24, 2019
I've really enjoyed this book. It's simple, real and relatable.
I made a new year resolution list, and I'm planning to use this method for some of my goals. I also noticed I've been practicing it in some aspects of my life, so I'm sure it would be beneficial to use it for other aspects.
Highly recommended.
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244 reviews17 followers
January 3, 2009
Back in the nineties
when I was Deming fan
Kaizen was my favorite word
I read a lot about it
I approved of continuous improvement
How in the world
did I overlook the philosophy
of small affordable changes
rather than revolution?
Profile Image for Wouter Zwemmer.
478 reviews30 followers
December 18, 2018
Elke verandering resulteert in angst. Amygdala in de middenhersenen reguleert vecht-vlucht-verstijf-reacties. Bij angstreactie wordt de toegang tot de cortex beperkt of afgesloten. Hoe groter het doel, hoe groter de angst, hoe meer toegang tot de cortex wordt beperkt, hoe meer kans op falen. Bij een minder belangrijk doel hen je minder angst, amygdala minder actief of omzeild, meer toegang tot cortex, grotere kans op succes. Stress = modern woord voor psychische angst.

Als leven moeilijk is, neigen we naar oplossingen die bekend of dichtbij zijn, ipv zoeken op plekken waar echte oplossingen te vinden zijn.
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202 reviews16 followers
June 30, 2018
Роберт Маурер
Шаг за ша��ом к достижению цели: метод кайдзен.
Искусство маленьких шагов - это не только знаменитая молитва Антуана де Сент Экзюпери (я уже убедилась, что такие вещи  приходят к нам вовремя и молитва в следущем посте) это еще японский кайдзен - постоянное улучшение. Но может и не японский💁, автор пишет, что это нововведение Макартура после войны, аналогичное разработкам Питера Деминга, которые в меньшей степени прижились в США. В курсе экономики про него рассказывали, потом я прочитала пару статей и благополучно забыла об этом. Благодаря #шагофону решила освежить знания.
Я начала читать про кайдзен с книги Масааки Имаи «Кайдзен: Ключ к конкурентному успеху Японии», вышедшей в 1986 году - тут именно промышленный подход. А Тони Роббинс и другие перенесли кайдзен в жизнь - Тони Роббинс адаптировал идею для американцев и назвал этот принцип CANI (сonstant and never-ending improvement). Но это следующий пункт в моем списке.
Книга Маурера простая и приятная. Хорошие цитаты, примеры и приемы, в общем, то что надо, чтобы познакомиться с кайдзен для жизни.
Кстати, есть люди, для которых это естественно, но это не про меня. Я из тех, кому надо все и сразу, а это чаще всего не работает😏 или работает не долго, я вообще убеждена, что в этой жизни я учусь терпению и пониманию, потому что в прошлой оторвалась по полной.
Пара цитат для вдохновения:
Ни одно доброе дело, каким бы маленьким оно ни было, не проходит бесследно.
Истинный создатель узнается по своей способности находить в себе, в самых обычных и скромных вещах нечто, достойное внимания.
Учите себя жить настоящим моментом.
Какое в этой жизни есть более важное задание, чем обнаруживать потенциальные возможности в каждом мгновении.
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March 19, 2019
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