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Making adjustments for success

Long ago, early on in my corporate career, I learn about the importance of adjustments via the Japanese principle of “Kaizen”.  It was and still is one of my favourite concepts.  It is a Japanese word which simple means “change for better” and thus embraces the philosophy of continuous improvement.

It is an approach which seeks to make small, incremental adjustments which improves overall outcomes and to achieve beneficial change.  Not only do we see this philosophy in business it is also used in motor racing.

In motor racing when a vehicle is performing satisfactorily they don’t throw the car out and start again.  Instead they make minor changes, called “tweaks”, seeking to fine tune for improved performance.  Even still if the car is doing well, the team will still seek out where they can make “tweaks” to enhance performance.

Embracing this philosophy means that making minor changes can have major improvements , payoffs and success.  It is also a philosophy which isn’t a one off thing to be actioned, it is something that can be done on a regular basis.

Most kinesiologists have a protocol, a modus operandi or method of working, which they use.  I liken my protocol to a template which I use as the foundation of my treatment however one which I deviate from depending on what is going on for the client.

So whilst over the last four years (or so) my protocol has developed, recently I found information which resulted in me tweaking my protocol again.  A few minor changes which has had, what I consider, significant improvements for my clients.

This was a light bulb moment, reminding me that we don’t need to make major changes in order to have exceptional results.  It is more likely to be the small adjustments that achieve these!

I believe the reason for this is that because most people have a good foundation to make changes from.  Yet many are “throwing the baby out with the bath water” rather than acknowledging their foundation.

By acknowledging what is working (our foundation), we become aware of what isn’t.  So instead of changing those things that ARE working all we need to do is get specific with our tweaking and apply it to things that aren’t.

Another aspect which is important to remember is that what works for one person, may not work for you!  So when you make an adjustment and it isn’t working, simply make another.  Try different things until you find what resonates with you.

In addition to this it is essential to adjust your focus so you look for what is working.   Even back in 350BC or so Socrates said “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new”.

So focus on and become aware of the results of the changes that you are making.  One this helps with the previous point, however it also helps you be conscious of the benefits.  Benefits to yourself and perhaps to others!

If you need support in making minor adjustments for success you could be interested in kinesiology or our coaching program.  For more information visit our website via:   http://www.theinnersageaustralia.com