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Booknotes: One Small Step Can Change Your Life

My notes for One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way (Robert Maurer)

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  • The concept of Kaizen involves making small, incremental changes to achieve a goal

  • Ask yourself, "What is a small step I can take toward reaching the goal?"

  • The brain is made of 3 parts: the brainstem, the midbrain (amygdala) and the cerebral

  • The amygdala controls our flight or flight response, and when there is a big change or goal ahead of us, it resists the change --> fear
  • By implementing small changes at a time, the flight response, which blocks creativity, can be circumvented

  • ASKING SMALL QUESTIONS

  • Asking small questions can inspire creativity

  • If a question is too big, it can create fear in your brain and shut down thoughts and creativity
  • asking a small question repeatedly will allow your mind to come up with a creative answer slowly

  • THINKING SMALL THOUGHTS

  • By simply thinking about your response in a certain situation beforehand, you can prevent the flight mode in an unexpected difficult situation

  • TAKING SMALL ACTION

  • The ideal solution is always the smallest effective one
  • To slowly overcome your brain's resistance to change

  • SOLVING SMALL PROBLEMS

  • Learning to spot and solve small problems you can avoid dealing with larger problems later on

  • BESTOWING SMALL REWARDS

  • Small rewards can motivate people to lead to great results

  • RECOGNIZING SMALL MOMENTS

  • Live in the moment
  • Focus on small gestures
 
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