Celebrate Kaizen

...and Stop Endless Preparation

There are many things in life that require preparation to increase the likelihood of success; building a house, planning a great vacation, even writing an article. Preparation is important and sometimes imperative, but in every case, there is a limit to how much preparation is necessary before proceeding. In many professions, there are rules about some aspects of preparation. With buildings, the plans need to be certified before a permit can be issued and construction can begin. Unfortunately, such a process doesn’t exist for the rest of our lives.

Many people get so hung up preparing for their lives, they miss out on living. Examples might include tinkering on a yet-to-be written book, fiddling with an as-of-yet published web site, tweaking one’s profile on a dating site before activating it. The Japanese have a concept called kaizen, often applied to business, but appropriate to all aspects of our lives. Kaizen suggests that we embrace improvement, not perfection. When we embrace improvement, and therefore embrace imperfection, we create openness for starting immediately and improving over time.

Apply this to your fitness and wellness goals. Instead of researching workouts and reading innumerable books and articles, just go and start. You don’t need the “best” shoes to start running, just get a pair of shoes. You can get better ones at another time. Stop browsing the internet, researching which gym or location is the best, and get a day pass or month pass and find out for yourself.

It is as if some of us have a genetic predisposition to be allergic to starting but are super comfortable preparing. Just like all our genes, they don’t dictate our future, but may only influence it. Identify what it is you want, forget about making the perfect choice and start. Not tomorrow, not next week, not January 1st, start right now.

Go make a green smoothie if you never have. Wear your dress shoes to go for a run. Ask a stranger out on a date. You will receive feedback, some good, some not so good. But that feedback is what allows you to make a better choice the next time.

Embrace constant improvement and stop preparing. Start now. Yes, now.

A speaker, coach and author, and combining almost 30 years of fitness and wellness, Rod is the vice president of canfitpro, the largest provider of education in the Canadian fitness industry. Overseeing this dynamic 100,000 member organization, Rod continues to propel its growth and position as a leader in the global fitness industry. Rod is a cross-Canada cyclist, NLP Practitioner, RYT 200, Certified Coach Practitioner, and 4-time Ironman finisher. For more information on Rod, visit www.indestructiblehuman.com  and for more information on canfitpro, visit www.canfitpro.com    

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