It's your choice
If you have failed in the past at trying to make big changes in your life, try again now, one tiny step at a time.
Every year it's the same. As December comes to an end, you think about the New Year and all the ways you want to improve your life. But as you start to write down your hopes for the New Year, you think about last year.
You excitedly wrote down all the changes you were going to make, but by the end of January those ideas got lost in your crowded life.
Here's a suggestion：Forget the overreaching, hard-to-achieve goals. Just think small. "We have this extreme-makeover culture that thinks you've got to do everything in big steps, even though the evidence is overwhelming that it doesn't work，"says psychologist Robert Maurer, who recently published One Small Step Can Change Your Life.
"What we try to do is to break down to a step so small that people couldn't possibly resist or have any excuse not to do it." The technique is called "kaizen"，a Japanese word for an American business philosophy adapted to change behavior and attitudes.
During World War II，American factory managers increased productivity by trying small, continuous improvements rather than sudden radical change.
After the war, U.S. occupation forces brought that philosophy to a rebuilding Japan, which made it a cornerstone of the country's amazing economic rebound.
The Japanese called it kaizen, which means "improvement". Maurer, who teaches at the UCLA and University of Washington medical schools, says he began studying whether the idea could help people who couldn't tackle big challenges.
"Some of it is psychological, and some of it is just their overwhelmed lifestyles，" he says. "They don't have the time to go to the gym and do all those other things we know are good for them. So kaizen seemed a logical thing to experiment with."
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