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A Japanese Technique to Overcome Laziness

Do you know why most people set goals but fail to accomplish them? Many people try to set goals, especially in the New Year period; many come up with their New Year resolutions, but unfortunately, most of them never set out to achieve according to their plans.

Most people started out strong. They are motivated and are determined to achieve their goals in the beginning. However, as time goes by, people lose their steam; they lose their motivation and get distracted by the business of their lives. As a result, they procrastinate and their laziness kicks in and they give up on their goals.

If this describes you, there is a powerful and effective technique that anyone can apply to overcome this problem and get rid of laziness. Continue to read on to discover the secret.

The Real Reason Why People Fail To Achieve Their Goals

The main reason people fail to accomplish what they have set out to achieve is that they are trying to achieve too much and too fast.

It is true that people want to be rich, to become a millionaire, to build a multi-million dollar business, and to be successful as quickly as possible, but doing so requires tremendous effort to break the old habit.

Habits can be difficult to change, especially bad habits that have been ingrained deeply in you. Thus, if you are trying to achieve something too fast and trying to do too much in the early phase, you will suffer a drastic habit change. And this is not a good approach to achieve what you want in life.

Most people cannot cope with a drastic habit change. They quickly feel tired and exhausted. For example, if you used to wake up at 7AM each day, try to get up at 5AM from tomorrow on. Your body cannot cope with the change and you are not used to it. You will feel tired, sleepy, and difficult to concentrate and cannot get much done even if you wake up early and have more hours to do things.

This is why most people find it difficult to achieve what they have set out for. Eventually, they will choose to procrastinate and let their laziness take over their lives. Never let this happen to you.

The Technique to Overcome Laziness

In Japan, there is a powerful and effective technique that anyone can use to overcome their laziness and get things done.

It is called the Kaizen technique, which can also be known as the one-minute principle. This technique is so powerful that it is used by most leaders in managing their businesses in Japan.

In Japanese, the word “Kaizen” comprises of two single words, “Kai”, which means change, and “Zen”, which means wisdom. In other words, the Kaizen technique suggests people cope with change slowly and wisely.

This technique was invented by Masaaki Imai. When it comes to achieving what you desire in life, you should act on it slowly and wisely, not spontaneously.

Why the Kaizen Technique Works

The Kaizen technique is based on the one-minute principle for improvement. In other words, it says that if you want to achieve something, you should practice it every day for a minute at the same time, and no more.

This is extremely important because anyone can do it for just one minute a day. In the western culture, the majority will think that this technique is ineffective and many are doubtful because they believe that people can only achieve success through pouring in enormous effort and time.

On the contrary, when you try to pour in tremendous effort and put in a huge chunk of your time into doing something, it will exhaust you and makes you burnout. This is definitely not a good way to start any project or goal.

Besides that, when you apply this technique, you will need to break down your goals into smaller chunks of actionable steps because the technique requires you to work on it for just one minute.

Kaizen technique turns your big audacious goals into smaller actionable steps that you can do each day. More importantly, this principle allows you to see your progress. You will know if you are following through or you are falling behind.

And for most people, acting on their goals for just one minute a day will not be an issue at all. No matter what you are trying to accomplish, be it push-ups, writing an article or reading a book, start by doing it for just one minute.

When you do it for one minute, you will see your progress, you will experience a sense of victory and success, and this will motivate you to move forward.

From one minute of action becoming five minutes. And from five minutes of actions evolving into 15 minutes and then more.

The key is to start small and grow. Most people try to tackle their goals and do everything all at once, and this is what causes them to fail.


Anyone can achieve their goals, live their dreams and accomplish what they want in life. First, you must understand what it is that you want to achieve. And then do it for just one minute a day. Practice the principle of Kaizen and start small.

When you do it for just one minute a day, it will take you no energy and it does not require much of your motivation, and anyone can do it if it is just for a minute. Plus, you will be able to see yourself making the progress and start seeing small victories. This will boost your motivation and encourage you to go forward even more.

Furthermore, this one-minute technique helps you develop the right habit that you need to achieve success in life. As what Lao Tzu said, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”

Therefore, apply the Kaizen technique into every area of your life and see how it can help you overcome laziness and change your life forever.

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