The Tao of Kaizen
(The path of constant and never ending improvement)
The Law of Developing a Plan of Action – Heiho ( Strategy)
• When faced with resistance, the civilian acts first, talks first, pushes first or retreats first. After it is all over, he wonders what happened and how he ended up in such a position.
Questions are the basic tools for expanding knowledge. Not only is the unexamined life not worth living, the unexamined fight is not worth fighting. Lead your life with inquiry and passion. Put curiosity and intelligence ahead of behavior. Question everything. Ask “What if’” questions. Not knowing is the beginning of knowledge.
• When developing a plan of action, keep all major categories in balance. All actions must be in harmony with your true values and beliefs. The following steps go into creating a plan of action for black belt excellence:
• Must have intense desire
• Must be believable
• Must be a stretch
• Must be written down
• Must determine the potential benefits
• Must analyze where you are now
• Must set a time line
• Must identify the obstacles
• Must clearly identify the knowledge, skills and resources necessary and where to get them
• Must clearly identify individuals and groups that can help you achieve your goals
• Taking into consideration all these details, create a plan by prioritizing tasks and doing first things first.
• Back up your plan with persistence and determination.
• Law of Cause and Effect
• Before a warrior begins his training, he must understand conflict. Some would prefer to avoid studying the martial arts altogether and concentrate on peaceful arts. The warrior understands that conflict and harmony are opposite extremes on the same spectrum. To understand one, you must understand the other. Therefore, in order to live in peace, you must learn the psychology of conflict, and the strategies that lead to victory. As the old saying goes, “You may not be interested in fighting, but fighting is interested in you.” Martial arts knowledge is a double-edged sword. It can be used for helping mankind or causing harm to society. While a beginner may walk into a room and think of how he has the ability to defeat others, the true warrior sees that the room is a lot safer with him in it. Fighting does not come from martial arts knowledge but from a lack of it. Knowledge is power, and safety is in the training.
• For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Example – Hikete in karate punching. In human behavior, thoughts are actions, behaviors are reactions. All actions have consequences. You are in charge of your thoughts and actions and therefore in charge of your future. If you are not happy with your current behaviors or actions, then change the thought process.