What is Kaizen?


                                                        Kai (Change)      Zen (Good)


Hello and welcome,                                             

Kaizen, Japanese for "improvement" or "change for the better", refers to a philosophy and practices that focus on continuous improvement.

Kaizen is the practice of making great and lasting change through, small, steady and continuous improvements.  In Japan is  used as a system for both business and personal improvement.

Applying Kaizen principles has made Japanese industry the most efficient in the world. Toyota cars, the worlds’ most successful car manufacturer, uses this approach to everything the company does. All employees are expected to learn and apply it in their daily work and their personal life.

Kai Zen is a way of thinking and doing that you can learn from,  and apply to, your own life as you strive for continuous improvement on a personal level. I have done so for many years.

Each one of  my Posts is written with teaching Self –Empowerment/Improvement in mind. It’s too important to leave out! Self-Empowerment is all about, “personal kaizen.”

Most successful people have applied the ‘personal kaizen’ approach to their individual, efficiency, growth and evolution. You too can take the message of Kaizen and apply it to yourself to improve — step-by-step, little-by-little — your own, ‘thinking’ and ‘doing,’ knowledge and capability. Each of my Posts that you read will help your 'personal kaizen' step by step, thought by thought, action by action.


The overriding principle of kaizen is that it is that it should be, daily, continuous and steady. It takes a long-term view. Kaizen also requires, commitment, a strong willingness, an earnest desire, to change and improve.

I suggest that from NOW  on you use these principles in your own ‘personal kaizen’ approach to learning and using the information contained in all of my Posts.

The most enlightening thing about kaizen is that trying,  big, sudden and difficult -to -'do' improvements are not necessary in order to achieve lasting results.

What is absolutely important  is that you’re always, looking for knowledge, information and guidance (even the smallest of things) — that you can build  a better life on.

Why are tiny improvements OK? Because over time these add up to great improvements. Each journey begins with a single step — is a central part Kaizen.

You will keep moving forward if you improve the use of your conscious thought habits to become more Self-Empowered.

Continual improvement.

"Mile by mile life's a trial. Inch by inch life's a cinch". 

Thinking, “I will improve (whatever you decide)…………...today” is the spirit of ‘personal kaizen’ . It’s not about how far you have yet to go. It is only about this moment and developing the thought habit of “I will……………..“, and a willingness to learn and improve.

( See my post, 'THOUGHTS THAT GET THINGS DONE USING THE POWER OF "I WILL ..............................". (Published on 10 May 2013).

There are many small things you can do to improve your ‘thinking' and 'doing’ ability over time. Below are 10 of them for you to  'think' and 'do'.

I have used them for a long time. They are not in any order of importance!

1.  Break out of your thinking ‘comfort zone’. Think and do something new that is out of character for you. If you’re always ‘thinking- comfortable’, you are not growing. Dare to think weird, bigger or better (at least some part of each day.).

2. Read books and articles on ‘self-empowerment’ subjects. (You can’t think about what you don’t know about).

5. Monitor your habitual thinking. Be honest, are you thinking mainly 'good' or 'bad' thoughts?

6. Practice thinking about and incorporating (doing) Kaizen and its powerful principles into your daily life.

7. Choose one area of your life that you know needs improvement and work on it for one a day, then a week, then a month using the Kaizen principle. (You will get better at it)

8. Read, memorise then think and do any of the quotes that you will find in my earlier Posts.

9. Never think "I have arrived." The spirit of Kaizen suggests that there is always something to learn and ways to improve. So, no matter how good you may think you are now, there is always room for improvement

10. Kaizen is losing weight not by starting a crash diet (which more often than not crashes) but by eating four mouthfuls less at each meal-then, a week later, eating eight mouthfuls less and so on until you see a change. Or, by starting an exercise program by running on the spot for just one minute a day for week, then two minutes a day the next week and so on. It works if you do.

Beneficially yours, always,

Phil Soffé

Thought Master and Mentor
P.S. My  Posts are here to enable you to learn how to, "Change your life one thought at a time".  The kaizen of  personal growth and Self-Empowerment." Once you have read this Post show it to, or talk about it with, your friends, family, workmates, dog ? etc. Let your friends know where you got the help.  They, like you, will benefit from reading it! In a few months time they may even thank you  for  letting them know. I thank you in advance for your help in spreading the word for me.


About philinspain

A self - help addict for the last forty years. I have spent the last five years seeking for, and finding, the essential, central and most effective tools that empower personal change. My mission is to, inform serve, help and teach others what I know. Why? Because, you can't use what you don't know. So let me tell you what you need to know through this blog. Albert Einstein knows the truth, but............. it ain't Rocket Science.
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    Hi Habibi,
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  2. admin says:

    Hello again Habibi,
    Nice to hear from you again. I don’t know how to set up an RSS feed yet. I’m working on it as well as many other things.

    Phil Soffé

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    Hi Habibi,
    Many thanks for your encouraging comment. Sorry to have taken so long to reply. I’m still learning about Blogging. I believe totally in what I write because it is all a result of many years research. I have just spent the last five hours deleting spam from my comments. I was really good to find a legitimate one.
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