The Tao of Kaizen
(The path of constant and never ending improvement)
The Law of Repetition
• The warrior knows that each repetition increases the likelihood that the technique will be effective in a life and death situation. Thousands of reps are employed before any confidence in its success is expected. This same strategy is used in mental programming. Every time we do, or clearly think about doing, a specific activity the better we become in the performance of that activity. A warrior knows this and practices, as close to reality, those things, which have a profound impact on his life. One learns that these areas of concentration are physical, mental and spiritual in nature.
• Physical feats are developed by many repetitions. Mental training and positive thinking is the same, as it takes lots of repetitions before it becomes natural.
The Enemy is Never Wrong
• The warrior’s wisdom is based on the premise that no matter what the enemy does, it is never wrong. Whether the attack is a verbal assault, or a knife attack to the ribs, it makes no difference – it just is. The civilian meets resistance with anger and gets upset. He curses his opponents and whines about unreasonable behavior. The warrior accepts whatever attack comes his way and responds with grace and a presence (Shibumi). A warrior’s job is not to understand or judge an attacker’s behavior, but to respond with a creative and efficient response. In the real world, problems present themselves to you, not for you to judge them, but for you to find a solution. Engage the enemy as you find him, not as you wish him to be.
• It takes courage to do the right thing especially when everyone else is going in a different direction. FEAR may be defined as “false evidence appearing real”. Fear of failure and fear of rejection are the two greatest fears. By looking for the good in every situation and having plenty of options, you will maintain a high level of self-esteem and overcome your fears.
The Law of Problem Solving
• When engaging in conflict, the most important thing is to see things as they really are. Superior technique means nothing if you don’t see an attack coming. Awareness is the crucial element. A true warrior is sensitive to subtle changes in his environment, which enables him to respond early with proper responses. By learning how to analyze a situation and finding proper solutions, it enables the warrior to confidently open himself up to his environment thus gaining knowledge and experience.
• All successful people have a proven, systematic method for problem solving that they use with every obstacle. Harvard University developed this method:
• Approach every problem as if there is a method to resolve it
• Control the use of language – use terms such as: challenges or interesting situations
• Clearly define the situation
• Ask what all the causes of the situation are
• Clearly identify all possible solutions
• Choose one and put it into action
The Law of a Cosmic Consciousness
• The yin-yang theory states that the universe is made up of the constant relationship of complimentary opposites. Yin is soft and yang is hard. Tai chi is the perfect balance between yin and yang where things are in perfect harmony. When one reaches perfect harmony mentally, tremendous potential is possible. Some describe this as the Tao or path and others describe this as being able to tap into a super conscious.
• The ability to tap into the super conscious. Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote his essays from “right out of the blue”. Mozart wrote his symphonies and operas note perfect on the first attempt. To develop the super conscious use the following strategies:
• Solitude – take 30-60 minutes by yourself everyday
• Use deep relaxation or meditation
• Be in the natural environment
• Listen to natural sounds
• Listen to classical music
• Converse with a friend
The end of the series “The Tao of Kaizen”. I hope you enjoyed it.
In the way, JWA