In this post I share the most powerful self improvement tool I have ever found; CANI, Kaizen and the 1% rule.
This word is an acronym and stands for Continuous And Never-ending Improvement. It is a concept taught by Tony Robbins who has based the idea on Kaizen, a Japanese word used in business, which means the same thing as the acronym.
A Little Bit About Kaizen
Kaizen is formed of two words, Kai which is Japanese for change and Zen which means good. It was first implemented in business during the rebuilding of Japan after WW2. An American, Dr Deming, was one of the business experts flown in to help the effort. He suggested that the Japanese should strive to gradually improve their business, by encouraging every employee to look for and suggests improvements. In this way the company finds small improvements every day and as a result becomes leaner and more efficient in the process.
Examples of Kaizen – The 1% Rule
“If you broke down everything you could think of that goes into riding a bike, and then improved it by one percent, you will get a significant increase when you put them all together,” Sir Dave Brailsford.
Brailsford was the Bristish Cycling performance director from 2003 until 2014 and is consider the driving factor behind Britain’s success at cycling in recent years.
His marginal gains philosophy, explained by the quote above, is exactly what I try and do on a daily basis. If I can improve myself everyday by just 1%, then in a year that’s 365%. If I improve myself by 1% in the four areas of life (health, wealth, relationships, higher purpose) a day, then in a month that’s 120% (4%*30).
Why should I do it?
The 1% rule and CANI have other benefits too.
- As you keep improving you gain positive momentum and this will mean that you will find it easier and easier to improve yourself each day that you do.
- You will feel more positive as you start seeing your goals achieved and this will make you feel happier and more fulfilled.
- You’ll find new innovative ways of thinking about things, which can turn previously boring tasks into useful meaningful acts.
- Finally you will push your limits and find out what you can really achieve when you put your mind to it
One last thing…
If you are like me, then you are quite ambitious and can get caught up in big goals and dreams. Breaking them down into 1% chunks can make the challenge much less daunting. This will help you achieve your big goals by first practicing achieving the little ones.
If you are stuck on setting goals I suggest you check out my goal achieving collection.
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