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Friday, December 28, 2012

Lean Quote: Resolutions Start With Self Improvement

On Fridays I will post a Lean related Quote. Throughout our lifetimes many people touch our lives and leave us with words of wisdom. These can both be a source of new learning and also a point to pause and reflect upon lessons we have learned. Within Lean active learning is an important aspect on this journey because without learning we can not improve.

"Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing." — Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) Politician. President of the United States

What would you like to change in your life? The new year is traditionally the time to stop, take inventory and set positive goals for life change. And you don't have to focus only on diets or exercise. Improving the quality of your life is broader and more comprehensive and ultimately more important than your waistline. There's no good reason to dwell on the problems of the past unless you want to make yourself feel bad! You can only change the present and then the future. It's never too late.

There are certain self improvement tips you can use to keep your New Year’s Resolutions and keep in track with your self-set goals.

Stay Organized 

An organized work or personal space reflects an organized mind, and vice-versa. By keeping things, thoughts, and goals in order, it would be easy for you to remember your New Year’s Resolutions and stick to them.

Force Yourself to Remember 

Force yourself to remember by sticking to-do notes on your computer monitor (or make it your desktop background if you like), fridge, wallet, or even on your mobile phone. Seeing the same notes over and over again will help you keep your resolutions in mind even if your lifestyle is more chaotic than ever.

Focus on the Process 

Focus on the process rather than the end goal. Take each step one at a time and be happy with your progress. The only way you'll get to where you want to go is to complete every small step along the way, checking it off with pride as you accomplish each step.

This new year realize that all life problems can be improved. Giving up means surrendering to a negative situation rather than using your skills and finding support to move ahead in the best manner possible. Enjoy your journey. It's energizing. It's rewarding. It’s life changing.

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  1. New Year's resolutions and corporate Kaizen events have a lot in common. They both die off after a short period, and both are frustrating to anyone who wants to see long-term improvement. Instead, as Lincoln indicates above, your own determination to improve is much more important than any meeting or flipping of a calendar page.

  2. Well, there in lies the problem. As you elude Alex both should not be events but rather continuous. Resolutions are often just wishful thinking and consultants have turned kaizen into events. Without purpose there can be no improvement. Without plans there can be no follow through. Without self improvement there is no knowledge. Basics always sound so easy till you try them.