February 8th, 2008

the torch-ginger

Accidental GH wisdom; Achieving Me

While filling out an online contest, I accidentally ordered Good Housekeeping, which I immediately canceled. However, one had already sent before the cancellation was processed.

Thus, in this past week of the stomach flu which I still have, I started reading the free mag.

In the editor's letter I found some unexpected wisdom, and since it's about change and self-improvement, it caught my attention:
Setting out to make huge immediate changes often results...in huge, immediate failure. The Japanese have a wonderful concept called kaizen, and it is the exact opposite of that: Kaizen is making the smallest imaginable change—a change so simple that it may seem laughable. A change so easy that you have zero chance of failure. A change so small it can't help but stick.
I have a constant to-do list and a list of things to do before I die, but I've been thinking lately that I should create a shorter term goal list, kinda like rainsdance's 101 in 1001. I've always worked better with deadlines. My "to do before I die" list has a literal deadline, but since I don't know when I'm going to die, it's easy to put things off.

So, here goes. I will create both a 101 in 1001 as well as start to incorporate very minuscule changes that will add up to significant change overtime.
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