As we consider what we want to put in our dash, we might start by realizing that tucked inside us is the potential to become better in some areas of our lives. If we seek to make our dash the best that it can be, the possibility of becoming better excites and motivates us.

We have referenced the Japanese word kaizen in previous Wellness Wednesdays. Kaizen means continual improvement…reaching our personal best and then trying to better it. Olympic athletes reach such high levels of performance because they have for a lifetime believed in kaizen. They have practiced Ben Bradlee’s advice:

This is not a quest for perfection, but for improvement. Let’s not settle for “I’m OK,” but instead strive for continual improvement.

The one thing more important than being good is getting better.

When we stop getting better, we eventually stop being good.

Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Eastvale, California, has established the following as its motto:

Reflection: Identify one or two areas in your personal life and professional life where you would like to get better. What would be the benefit of improving in those areas?

Next week we’ll consider a strategy for bettering our best.

From our team…Willow, Kevin, and Tom…who are kaizen fanatics.

Paul Bernabei
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