I’m sure some of you are thinking, “What the heck is ‘kaizen’?” Broken down it means….

KAI = Good
ZEN = Improvement

In other words, continuous improvement. It’s a Japanese business philosophy that carries great weight in all aspects of life. The idea being that if you want something to change for the better then you must constantly work on it. A few basic principals of Kaizen are…

1) Good processes bring good results
2) Go see for yourself to grasp the current situation
3) Speak with data, manage by facts
4) Take action to contain and correct root causes of problems
5) Work as a team
6) Kaizen is everybody’s business

While all these principles may not speak directly to you, some of them are quite useful when beginning our New Years resolutions.

Personally, I believe only 2 truly matter for New Years resolutioners: #1 and #4

Why? Good processes bring good results is fairly self explanatory. No one just “magically” adopts changes that are lasting. They take time to develop and practice. And, that’s where #4 (taking action to correct mistakes) comes into play.

Test and retest until you find what works for you. Start small, not big. When in doubt, get a team to help you (personal trainer, accountability buddy, dietician, etc.).

So, which of the Kaizen principles do you think are most important?


About Josh Jarmin

Originally from Washington, D.C. (NOVA) Josh moved to Atlanta to be a Middle School history teacher after graduating from James Madison University. He joined the Marine Corps infantry as a reservist and served in Iraq honorably. Josh then turned his attention to personal training after his tour in order to help others reach their health/fitness goals. At one point he was 275lbs and 28% body fat. Now he's 195lbs and 13.5% body fat. Josh worked for several fitness facilities in Atlanta and developed a loyal following of trainees. He's created a training program of his own personal design and has established himself as one of the top kettlebell and body movement experts in the Atlanta area. Josh is currently the Co-Owner and Director of Fitness at Blueprint Fitness.

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