Kaizen - what it is and how you can put it to work for you today
What does Kaizen mean?
Kaizen is the Japanese word for ‘continuous improvement’ or ‘to become better through change’. It is a long-term approach that seeks to achieve small, incremental changes in order to improve efficiency and quality.
It’s been applied to many business processes but it is principles can also be applied to other areas as well – including improving your life.
How can I use Kaizen in my personal life?
Sometimes when we want to change something in our life, it can feel overwhelming. Where is the best place to start? What steps should I take? What is the best approach? These questions of getting it perfect can often keep us from taking any action at all!
However, using the Kizen method you will begin to understand that improving your life isn’t a one-time battle. It’s a long-term process. Every journey starts with the first step. And the next step. And then the next.
The kaizen approach gives you reassurance that you don’t need immediate and extreme change. Intelligent and gradual changes are often better in the long-run. If you are making a small change, rather than a drastic one, you don’t need to over-think or worry as much if it is the ‘right’ one. Just take the first step! And the then the next one, and the next one…
You don't become a marathon runner over night. It is recommended that you only increase your mileage by 10% per week and slowly increase your distance. Change takes time! This is true not just for athletic endeavors but also in your personal life. Take the first steps and be consistent. Be easy on yourself.
What is a kaizen burst?
A kaizen bust is a quick and short event where you quickly identify areas where you can improve some things specifically and you work to fix them. Go after the quick wins or ‘low lying fruit’.
Maybe it’s a weekend where you focus on one goal. You want to embrace a healthier lifestyle, so you go grocery shopping, download a running training app, dig out your yoga mat, and prepare for a more relaxing morning routine.
A little burst can be great to get things in motion but it’s the small changes that come afterward that will make things sustainable.
What could you do a kaizen burst on? Doing this once a month or with the moon cycle s great way to incorpeorate this concept.
Kaizen and Aura bracelets
We believe that small changes can have profound outcomes. Taking a moment to pause and reflect. Affirming your intentions. Breathing a little deeper. Wearing a reminder that what you focus on becomes your reality.
Each Aura bracelet comes with a write-up of the stone’s geology, history, and metaphysical properties. Understanding the meaning behind the elements of your bracelet can make it more meaningful to you. You choose your bracelet for a reason and it can be a support to you – included in your write-up are also suggested mantras to say when putting it on to increase the intention of the bracelet.
Starting your morning with a simple self -care routine of saying your affirmation while putting on your bracelet and then using that bracelet as a reminder throughout the day is a positive small change towards your larger goals.
See our full range of Aura bracelets and see which one calls to you!
Start making small steps today towards those big dreams and make them your reality!
Love and light,
The Aura Team