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Motivational Monday 2021-8-23

Motivational Monday 2021-8-23

The Personal Kaizen motivational Monday quote reminds us to live in the present! “You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.”Henry David Thoreau Our Motivational Monday quote comes from Henry David Thoreau's full journal entry below: April 24, 1859 "There is a season for everything, and we do not notice a given phenomenon except at that season, if, indeed, it can be called the same phenomenon at any other season. There is a time to watch the ripples on Ripple Lake, to look for arrowheads, to study the rocks and lichens,…
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Be Proactive – Covey’s Habit 1

Be Proactive – Covey’s Habit 1

Rule 3 of our "10 Rules for Life" is to Be Proactive. "Be Proactive" is also Habit 1 in Stephen Covey's The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Whenever something impacts you, YOU are in control of the response. Effective people choose to take the initiative and act back. The key lesson in Habit 1 is understanding whether you control, influence, or only have concerns about an issue or impact on your life. One of the keys to a happy life is not wasting any of your time worrying about things that happen in your life you have no control…
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Personal Kaizen 10 Rules for Life: Rule 3

Personal Kaizen 10 Rules for Life: Rule 3

The Personal Kaizen team is sharing our 10 Rules for Life. Please watch all of our videos beginning with Rule 1. RULE 3: Be proactive. Go after what you want in your life instead of sitting around and waiting for things to happen to you. Begin by defining your “why” and purpose that maximizes your strengths. Where you are going is more important than how fast you are going. Once you have decided what you want, pursue it. When an opportunity comes along, be brave and take it, even if there is risk involved. Stephen R. Covey defines the four quadrants where all of…
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Motivational Monday 2021-8-16

Motivational Monday 2021-8-16

The Personal Kaizen motivational Monday quote reminds us to be proactive! “Highly proactive people don't blame circumstances, conditions, or conditioning for their behavior. Their behavior is a product of their own conscious choice.”Stephen Covey Whenever something impacts you, YOU are in control of the response. Effective people choose to take the initiative and act back. Being proactive is the key lesson in Habit 1 of Stephen R. Covey's famous book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Being proactive is also Rule 3 in our 10 Rules for Life series and will be our focus this week. Identify a current…
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Building Mental Fitness

Building Mental Fitness

Whether you are a student, business leader, parent, entrepreneur, Olympic athlete - we all share the need for developing our mental fitness as part of our personal development journey. Strengthening mental fitness improves our ability to manage stress, make decisions and influence the way we think, behave and feel. This is a core component of Rule 2 in our 10 Rules for Life. Muscular Meditation Have you ever noticed how much more clear your mind feels after a long walk? You can improve your mental fitness by creating time for daily muscular meditation - any activity that involves repetitive and…
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Eat food, not too much, mostly plants

Eat food, not too much, mostly plants

One of our "Rules for Life" is to take care of your body: develop good habits around eating, exercise, learning, and meditation that will last throughout your life. One key to living by this rule is being smart about the food we consume for energy. A favorite resource about healthy eating is the 2008 book, In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan. The subtitle of the book summarizes everything you really need to know: Eat food*Not too muchMostly plants Eat Food* The asterisk after the word food is important! My favorite definition Pollan gives for food is, "only something your…
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Personal Kaizen 10 Rules for Life: Rule 2

Personal Kaizen 10 Rules for Life: Rule 2

The Personal Kaizen team is sharing our 10 Rules for Life. Please watch all of our videos beginning with Rule 1. Here is rule 2. RULE 2: Take Care of your Mind and Body. Develop good habits around eating, exercise, learning, and meditation that will last throughout your life In the book “Getting There,” Warren Buffett writes, “Let’s say that I offer to buy you the car of your dreams. You can pick out any car that you want, and that car will be waiting for you at home. There’s just one catch: It’s the only car you’re ever going…
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Motivational Monday 2021-8-9

Motivational Monday 2021-8-9

“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.”JIM ROHN We are in the only body we will ever have. If you want your body to treat you well as you age you need to take care of it when you are younger. We will focus on ways to take care of your body and mind during the week. This is the key to Rule 2 of our 10 Rules for Life series. Please let us know how you like these motivational videos in the comments below.
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Find your Ikigai – Reason for Being

Find your Ikigai – Reason for Being

I recently came across a new Japanese word that I need to share with the Personal Kaizen community. Ikigai (生き甲斐) is a Japanese word that translates to "a reason for being." I love that the Japanese language sees so much importance in this concept that it has its own word! The idea is similar to the French "raison d'être" or what we would call the "meaning of life" in the English language. Ikigai is believed to be the primary reason the people of Okinawa, Japan are in a "blue zone" where people often live to 100+ years old. We believe…
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Personal Kaizen 10 Rules for Life: Rule 1

Personal Kaizen 10 Rules for Life: Rule 1

Members of the Personal Kaizen team have been developing high-performing organizations for the past ten years and have coached numerous leaders and teams, attended many conferences and events, and read hundreds of books on the topics of improvement and change. This research and experience have led us to adopt some general rules for living the best life. We hope that sharing these Rules for Life will be helpful to you and encourage you to provide feedback for personal kaizen. RULE 1: Maximize your natural strengths. All of us are born with our own personality and a set of skills unlike…
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