by Savvy Actor Co-Founder Kevin Urban
Kaizen is a Japanese business philosophy that can be captured in this familiar yet powerful quote –
“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with the first step.” – Lao Tzu
As actors and human beings, fear of failure can be one of our biggest stumbling blocks. Sometimes the fear is so great that we avoid our task completely.
In the book, “One Small Step Can Change Your Life,” Robert Maurer suggests we ask small questions, think small thoughts, take small actions and solve small problems. His theory is that sometimes we need to train the brain to change over time. Going small is one way to bi-pass potential fears and allow the mind freedom to think of creative solutions.
So a question for you…
What small things can you do to help set yourself up for success?
An example from “One Small Step…”:
Working out, especially after taking some time off can be overwhelming. If you want to get back to an early morning work out routine, maybe it’s wearing your workout clothes to bed. Sleeping in them already gives you that first small step toward working out plus they are toasty when you get up in the morning! Once you’re up and dressed you’re that much closer to getting yourself to that gym.
When you think in terms of small steps the overwhelm can go away and allow you to take action.
Think Kaizen for 2013. Take that first small step and before you know it, you’ll take another step and another step and another step toward success.