Light needs space to penetrate, one will fall again and again until they break. Lessons are repeated until are not learned, the light within shall prevent you from falling. Wille zum Leben, “will to live”, I may not perish but persist to achieve, “my Kaizen”. 

A broken heart descends to distress, but then Wille zum Leben fuels my Kaizen. Balance, calmness and solace, I gather the strengths and thoughts, to toughness till I rejuvenate. 

Japan, a country that has evolved out of the catastrophe of time, Japanese culture sways the world with its legacy of life, longevity, hospitality and patience. “Will to live”, which means infusing hope and striking out all the factors of stress is in the DNA of JAPAN. Japan the country that witnessed ashes and rose from it to the beauty now. 

The only CONSTANT in the world is Change, change for better, change for development is what the human mind evolve to.  Wille zum Leben, “will to live”, is the essence of  Japanese living. Preceding from living to the betterment, moreover, flourish to improvise and grow from success to glory, is the identity of Japan. 

Japanese techniques of improvement and development have rivalled by the World for decades, and nothing more than KAIZEN, that is emulated by the world. 

“KAIZEN”, a term more in speculation with an order of change in physical-methods, performance and improving the line of production. Taught by most of the Management gurus across the world for betterment. 

The secret of success of Toyota Manufacturing was Kaizen. With the implementation of kaizen at the various levelled to success. This is how most of us know and understand the world, “KAIZEN”.

Mr Ohno applied the theory of Kaizen to help Toyota reach unprecedented levels of success. Toyota is just one case study that illustrates the power of Kaizen. But, is Kaizen a misinterpreted word & is limited to set stereo speculation module of physical and outer world-changing technique for achieving improvement or betterment?

The theory of Kaizen cannot be contained in a single phrase, “Change for Better”, tells Leadership Mentor, Mr Jun Nakamuro. 

As explained by Mr Ohno, Change with the betterment or the continuous improvement, the term satisfy is ‘Kairyo’. In Japanese, it translates to IMPROVEMENT, whereas Kaizen means, “Self-Improvement”, says Mr Jun Nakamuro in his published article, titled “Kaizen lost in Translation” while he narrates Mr Ohno theory of Kaizen.   

KAIRYO is about reforming the outer and physical environment and setting methodologies to gain a better and changed output. kAIRYO means creating change, the implementation of which causes improvement. It can be a continuous or temporary event, it can be implied to a large functioning or in small scale industry even at homes. KAIRYO is setting up of system and procedure the following of which further enhance performance.

KAIRYO is a daily process the purpose evolved is beyond productivity improvement related to the reform of the outer world, all more of a physical environment.  

But Kaizen does not only means, “improvement or change for better”, but Kaizen means Self-improvement, self – change/self-improvement the implementation of which causes improvement in one’s ability and personality says Mr Jun Nakamuro.

Kaizen does not only means “improvement or change for better” of the physical surrounding, an external impact may be in financial investments or by the implementation of modules and technique to get the better outcome in the physical environment but is more about personal and self-improvement. 

Every day, people undergo countless types of negative experiences, some to which may be demoralizing, hurtful, or even tragic. An ongoing question continues to be what keeps the will to live in these situations. Some people that claim to have experienced instances of the will to live have many different explanations behind it. Kaizen is the will to improvise and get the better out of life. 

We can apply kaizen to emotions as well. and the tool that can help a human mind to kaizen emotion is Hansei. There are negative emotions one experiencing and these can help to heal and harvest positive outcome with the help of kaizen setting. 

It can be a tool to harness negative emotions to drive and try to get positive results. 

Kaizen is a mental process, that review the initial potential and accordingly escalates strong will power to break the periphery. 

So, how one can achieve Kaizen? 

 You may think Kaizen is positive thinking, perhaps it’s quite the opposite. To achieve Kaizen, you have to hold yourself accountable and acknowledge your struggles as well as the negative emotions they bring about. This is far from defeatism; it’s a starting point for change. Without accepting this internal struggle you will not have the motivation to avoid defeat in the future.

Hansei is a central idea in Japanese culture, meaning to acknowledge one’s own mistake and to pledge improvement. They say, an “Insight into oneself is the first step to improvement”

Kaizen as self-development is common in Japanese schools and businesses, for people to gather at the end of the day to celebrate success, but also to recognize areas that can be improved. Even if everything seems to have gone very well. This practice is known as “hansei”, a practice of self-criticism that fuels Kaizen.

Kaizen sources the energy from the wounds, from imperfections from heartaches, it breaks one again & again unless it breaks into the incandescence. Kaizen is a matter of leveraging human abilities to drive you to try harder and get better emotinally and strong, resulting to the purpose to help others, its motivation for accepting failures and come back better.