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How to make progress


Recently, while satiating my thirst for knowledge, I came across the Japanese term Kaizen.

In the Japanese language, the word Kaizen means "constant and never-ending improvement." This word is used in all area of Japanese life, whether it is relationships, learning a new skill or improving the balance of trade. The point here is that the Japanese look for constant and gradual improvement. The Japanese believe that very small refinements made on a daily basis will compound with interest to bring about in the long run progress that most people will envy. Interestingly, there is no equivalent in English for the word Kaizen.

Such an approach to literally any aspect of your life can help you achieve your goals.
Aim for a 1% improvement every time you do something even if that means when you go for a 20 minute walk, go for a 21 minute walk this week and 22 minute walks next week. if you're lifting weights, aim for an extra half kilogram per week for a year, that's an extra 26 Kilograms on that lift!

It's kind of like the story of the legendary Greek wrestler, Milo of Croton. Milo purportedly carried a calf every day until it was a full-grown bull. Although the Milo story may itself be a bunch of bull, such an approach can see you reaching your goals.

Every. Single. One. of my programs use this philosophy in progressing your physical abilities. Every day that you workout with me, you will be doing something slightly different, whether its the weight, repetition, sets, rest, depth of range, or the way that you will move through the exercise; You will make progress, and you will be able to see and feel the progress on a daily basis. You can check out the different programs I offer here, and how I help you through your membership here.

Remember to Eat well, Move daily, Hydrate often, Sleep lots.

- The Holistic Life Hacker