How To Use Kaizen To Grow Your Business

kaizen to grow your businessKaizen is the Japanese practice of making small, incremental improvements continually rather than drastic, sudden changes. It makes improvements easier and stress free. So you to use Kaizen to grow your business?

As long as you focus on making your improvements step by step, Kaizen can be used to boost productivity, raise profits, improve staff morale, streamline processes and create many other benefits when used in business. It doesn’t matter if it’s a multinational corporation or just an individual at home trying to build an online business. Kaizen will help you.

The key to succeeding with Kaizen is awareness. You need to know exactly what you’re doing and where you want to go. Once you have that all written down and mapped out, you will need to think where you can make improvements to better your performance.

It doesn’t have to be life-changing improvements. Small ones work just fine and Kaizen is all about small changes over time. For example, if you’re an online entrepreneur, you may notice that a huge chunk of your time is eaten up by social media.

At times like these, you may wish to cut down on your social media time so that you can put the time to more productive use. It may seem difficult at first, if you’re in the habit of spending hours on Tinder, Facebook, etc.

So, cut down the time by manageable amounts till the habit is broken. Use the time saved to do activities that will improve your business. Focus on what increases your bottom line.

If you’re a small income business owner and you receive complaints often, you should analyze what is going wrong. Is there a problem with the service? Or is it the product?

If your business is not making enough money, is the pricing wrong? Do enough people know about your product or service? Do you need to advertise?
All these questions need to be asked… because the answers are what will need improvement. If you never ask any questions about improving, things will stay stagnant and probably end up deteriorating.

Kaizen requires you to stay alert and always have an open mind. If you have staff, always ask them for feedback and suggestions about what can be improved. How can you cut costs? Are there procedures that can be streamlined?

You’ll be amazed at the amount of redundant and repetitive work that takes place in companies. Workers are just going through the motions because they have no pride in their jobs. They feel like the company doesn’t care about their opinions or ideas.

Most Japanese companies have an open door policy where even the low level employees can make suggestions to the top management. This is very effective because only the people on the ground know what’s best for what they’re doing.
Kaizen is all about looking at what is not working ideally and improving it.

Like the saying goes, ‘Make your good into better and your better into best.’
By giving your staff the chance to be heard, they will feel valued and more motivated. This will lead to higher productivity, lower costs and increased profits. Everyone will benefit.

You may be amazed to see that some of the staff’s suggestions may save you thousands of dollars in operating costs. Make Kaizen a part of your business. You have everything to gain and nothing to lose by adopting Kaizen as a company philosophy.

Manifesting Abundance – How to get what you want

manifesting abundanceHow would you like to get what you want? In today’s article, I’m going to focus on several key steps that will help making it happen and a few things to avoid. It’s all about manifesting abundance, in whatever shape and form you would like it to appear.

I know you’ve heard about the Secret and the Law of Attraction, so I’m not going to go into unnecessary detail. However, there are several key areas we need to address:

1) Focus on what you DO want

Many of us (yours truly included) often approaches manifesting by focusing on what we don’t want. And we’ve seen the evidence of how well this works, or rather doesn’t work. If we say, I do NOT want to be in debt, the universe will hear I want debt and will give it to us.

So instead, as Abraham says, we should focus on what we do want. Acknowledging what we don’t want serves as a starting point for that – it helps us figure out what it is we actually want. So if I do not want debt, I want an abundance of money, enough to pay my bills easily, joyfully, and in a timely manner, with plenty left over.

Whatever it is you want, find a way to phrase it in a way that highlights what you DO want.

2) Focus on your emotions

Next, we need to realize that our emotions are what really attract things and events to us. If we’re frustrated and bitter because we didn’t get the raise, we’ll attract more of what makes us frustrated and bitter. So let’s cut it out already.

I know that this can be difficult. I used to be a walking talking festering boil of resentment and I’m now kicking myself for having wasted so much time because this indulgence in negative emotions only attracted more reasons to feel miserable and resentful.

The first person who explained that concept to me was psychic Bill Burns. He said, I need to be happy first, and THEN things will go well. I tried to explain to him I’d be happy once I get the things I wanted and needed. He, of course, wasn’t having any of it!

And now I know he was right. Actually, I have known for years now, but it took a while until I mastered the art of feeling good while I didn’t have what I wanted… YET.

Oh, and Abraham also pointed out that emotions speak louder than words, so if you say “I’m happy, I’m happy,” but inside you feel angry and frustrated, the universe will only hear “angry and frustrated” and will deliver more of what will make you more angry and frustrated.

3) Manifesting abundance

So how do you manifest abundance? You focus on the kind of abundance you want, and the feelings you’re going to have when you get it. And then you start generating the feelings you’ve just imagined for real, even if your abundance hasn’t shown up yet.

Actually, it’s really not that hard. We all have abundance on some level. I have an abundance of books. So I can just express my gratitude and joy at having all those books.

And that’s not all. Did you know that we can express gratitude even for things that haven’t actually happened yet? We can say we’re grateful they’re on their way, they’re getting closer, they’re already there but not quite in our reality yet, and so on.

4) Gratitude

I know I mentioned that above, but it deserves its own section. Yes, you need to be grateful for what you have. Whether you’re keeping a gratitude journal or thank the universe several times a day for all the good things that are in your life, it works.

Not only will it help you overcome resistance to having what you want come into your life, but it will also improve your mood and make you more joyful, and THAT, in turn, is what helps you attract what you want.

5) Repeat daily to get what you want

Here’s the key: you have to do it daily. Every day, think of what it is you want in a positive way, appreciate things in your life that are already moving in the right direction, appreciate whatever makes you happy, and be grateful and joyful.

And before you know it… You’ve attracted what you really want.

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My Self Help Blog Is Finally Mobile Friendly

self help blog mobile friendlyI’ve been meaning to update my self help blog for ages, and I finally did it. I went through each one of the blog posts, deleted some, updated many, and put a good number in draft mode so I can fix them later). And my self help blog is finally mobile friendly!

What took me so long?

Well, it’s a BIG blog. It had almost 250 posts, and I wanted to make sure everything was safely backed up before I started messing with it.

Well, thanks to my trusty backup software, I was able to back it up.

Making My Self Help Blog Mobile Friendly

And then, I held my breath and updated the ancient version of WP to the current one. Everything went well.

But in order to make it mobile friendly, I had to change the theme too. That was part of the hold up. I really liked the old theme. I mean, it has been the familiar theme for about 9 years!

Alas, that theme didn’t have any recent versions, and it was decidedly not mobile friendly.

So I did what I had to do, and, well, I was surprised at how much I like the result. I was able to create a header image that maintains the overall feel of the previous theme: A serene beach house scene on Hawaii’s Big Island. In fact, I find it striking just how similar to the original it is.

Updating My Self Help Blog

Once I had the frame updated, it was time to deal with the content. I had written almost 250 blog posts, some of them lengthy, some of them not so lengthy. Either way, I had to take a close look at every one of them and do one of three things: Keep (usually with fixes and updates), delete, or put in draft mode for later editing.

So I started with the oldest post and worked my way forward. Some of my earlier posts were more like extended Facebook posts, so I deleted quite a few. But then, I shared information I was really pleased with, and that I wanted to save.

But some of the links were no longer working. So I fixed them all. If there was a complicated case where I needed to do some research, I put the post into draft mode.

And I kept moving, and moving, and moving, and voila!

I went from 246 original published posts to 139 published posts, 60 in trash and 47 in “draft” mode.

Next Step For My Favorite Self Help Blog

So what’s next? Now that I have overhauled the whole blog, I’m ready to post again, lots. I’m also working on getting it found again. I’ll be posting on my Favorite Self Help Stuff Facebook page and running promoted posts…

And as time permits, I’ll go through the drafts, this time from the newest to the older ones, and make sure everything works. And then I publish those too, for the most part.

I’ll also go back through all those categories and try to reduce them to a more manageable number. When I first started this blog, I was really new to the online world, and didn’t know how categories worked, or keywords for that matter.

Now, I realize that my blog posts will be much more effective if they’re more focused on fewer keywords. And so I’m going to check on my keywords and delete a few.

Finally, I’m going to link to some of my older posts from the newer ones, to help my readers find related content.

Please Visit My Updated Self Help Blog

In the meantime, I’d like to invite you to visit my newly updated Self Help Blog and look around. I hope you’ll enjoy it!

Let me know what you think!

Elisabeth

How to Avoid Getting Sick in the Winter

avoid getting sick in winterDo you hate getting sick during the winter? It’s a real drag, and yet it’s so easy to avoid. And just how can you avoid it? Today, I’d like to share some of my favorite strategies to stay healthy even when the days are short and you have to spend time around sneezing and coughing people.

First, it’s helpful to avoid hanging around coughing and sneezing people. But sometimes, that’s not possible. So how can you avoid catching whatever they have? Read the tips below and incorporate as many of them as possible into your life.

Note: I’m not a medical doctor

Just a quick reminder. Yes, I go by Dr. K, and I’ve had a passion for learning as much as I can about medical issues, especially when it comes to natural ways to stay healthy. BUT I’m not a physician nor a medical professional, and I don’t dispense “medical advice.” My doctorate is in linguistics!

Then again, I do know a LOT about medical issues. I’m a total geek when it comes to learning about what to do to stay or get healthy. In fact, I’m a walking encyclopedia of alternative health information. Just realize that your mileage may vary, and that my information is not meant to replace any medical advice and care you may be receiving from your own medical team.

If you have any serious health conditions, be sure to speak to your doctor before you take any of the recommended supplements, especially garlic and ginger, which can have a blood thinning effect.

The key to avoiding getting sick in winter: A strong immune system

At the root of staying well is a strong immune system, and you can do a lot to keep yours strong and healthy. So let’s look at some of the basics of keeping your immune system is in fine shape:

1) Take care of yourself

The most important part of keeping your immune system strong and healthy is taking care of yourself. I bet you know that, but it won’t hurt to review the basics and remind yourself of the things you should do…

a) Get enough sleep

Yup. That’s one of the most important ones. Your body needs sleep to function well, and especially to stay healthy. If you want to get sick really fast, simply cut down on sleep drastically and THEN hang out with coughing and sneezing people.

That’s one of the reasons why lots of people get sick during long plane trips. First they skimp on sleep to get ready. Then, the trip across time zones will mess up their sleep patterns, which means they miss more sleep. And then, there are the germs…

b) Keep stress levels low

Some people believe that those who complain about stress are wimps. But people who work on avoiding stress or at least on keeping it contained, are very wise! Stress really can make you sick, in part because it weakens your immune system. It also messes with our entire endocrine system.

So do what you can to lower your stress levels! Take some time to figure out which things in your life are causing the most stress and make whatever changes you can. And then, there are a wealth of strategies to help your body cope better with whatever stress is left. I assembled a lot of my favorites in my Instant Stress Relief Strategies guide!

c) Eat well and consume enough liquids

Next, be sure to eat “real” food, especially fruits and vegetables, and avoid processed food with weird chemicals as much as possible. And when I say it’s good to consume enough liquids, I am referring especially to warm and hot liquids, like tea and soups. Your body will thank you.

A hot rum toddy is probably okay, but don’t overdo it. Instead, focus on chicken soup. It really has proven to be good for you.

d) Get some fresh air and exercise

It’s also important to get some fresh air and sunshine if at all possible. It’s good for your body and your spirit too. And when I mean exercise, I don’t necessarily mean intense workouts, but do get moving on a daily basis.

e) Supplements to help you avoid getting sick

These are my personal recommendations… Do check with your medical team to make sure none of them conflict with any prescription medications you may take.

In addition to a good multi, you should make sure you get enough of the following, either in the form of food or as supplements:

Garlic
Vitamin D3
Vitamin C
NAC (n-acetyl-cystine)
Olive leaf extract

The last two made a big difference when I added them to my line-up of supplements.

2) What to do if you feel a cold coming on?

When you feel a cold coming on, in the form of sniffles or a scratchy throat, it’s time to take some additional measures. There are some additional supplements you can take that will help your body fight off that cold. And if you haven’t been very diligent about taking the ones listed above, now’s the time to start taking them daily.

a) Supplements to help you get better fast

If you’re already starting with the sniffles, you may be able to keep them from growing into a full-fledged cold. Here are a few things to do in addition to those you’ve been doing to keep your immune system strong. First of all, increase your garlic immediately, and add a few extra supplements:

More garlic, fresh and/or in supplement form
Ginger
Goldenseal
Ecchinacea
Elderberry
Zink

I also keep some Airborne fizzy tablets around and take one or two a day when I’m in danger of coming down with something, for example when I’m stressed or worn out, especially when I’m also going to be in close proximity of people who are already sick. There’s a reason why it was first developed for air travel and school teachers.

And I definitely take it immediately when I feel the first signs of sniffles. It has a good dose of Vitamin C and zink, plus several other immune strengthening ingredients.

There’s another excellent supplement I tend to take immediately at the first sign of cold symptoms and it usually gets things nipped in the bud before the cold has a chance to blossom into the full thing:

Gaia Herbs “Quick Defense”

This one is so good that I make sure that I always have it handy. If I end up not getting sick until it is way after its expiration date, I consider it a good investment in my ongoing health…

Sort of like the umbrella principle. When you carry an umbrella with you, it’s much less likely to rain than when you don’t (provided you live in a climate where rain is a regular possibility).

You may also want to take a combo that includes garlic, ginger, goldenseal, and other immune strengthening herbs. I like the one by Futurebiotics.

One thing I find very helpful is Vick’s VapoRub ointment, which I apply to my chest, my upper back, and also to the soles of my feet. It seems to do amazing things.

Yes, I could go on and on, but these will get you started.

b) Chicken soup on steroids

And here’s my favorite secret weapon: chicken soup spiked with fresh chopped garlic and ginger, and also some chopped green onions. You might also want to add some Cayenne pepper, or some chopped peppers of your choice (go easy on those). Have it several times during the day. It works great.

Won’t it give you garlic breath? Well, yes, it will. But since you want to keep your distance from potential carriers of cold and flu viruses, I consider that a good thing…

c) Get lots of rest

Here’s another key to getting better, or preventing your initial sniffles from getting worse: Get lots of rest.
Have your spiked chicken soup, slather yourself in Vick’s VapoRub, and take a nap or three.

Can’t sleep? Read a book you’ve been meaning to get to, or do some puzzles or whatever you enjoy doing when you’re not feeling so hot.

Hope the cold germs will stay clear of you, but if they don’t, the strategies above should help.

As always, if you feel worse and are running a very high fever, do see your medical professional!

WARNING: If you are on blood thinning medication, be sure to speak to your doctor before taking garlic and ginger, since these can interact with your blood thinning drugs and could lead to overdose.

Eldon Taylor’s “Gotcha!” Review – A Truly Eye-Opening Read!

If you already know that you’re being lied to just about every day, and that advertising is aiming to make you feel deficient in all sorts of ways, you may not be surprised. If you prefer not to know, don’t read this book.

I definitely prefer to know, though, and have made it my business to keep up with at least SOME issues, especially in the medical arena. But as I was reading Eldon Taylor’s massive collection of Gotchas, I found a lot I hadn’t known about.

Arsenic in chicken meat? Who knew!

Doctors prescribing placebos to patients? For real?

Mercury in amalgam fillings? Well, I knew that, and I’m refusing to let my dentist add any more of those things. But you keep reading that they’re basically harmless. At least in the “official” literature. And my dentist says so too.

I was less surprised by the examples of mind control in advertising and political writing/speech. After all, I’m a linguist, and we linguists made it our business to analyze that type of thing. And I spent many years teaching my students to do the same.

Still, Taylor takes it all to a whole new level.

Reading page after page of his examples made me feel quite ill.

So how does it fit with his other books?

Those were about self-empowerment, at least the way I saw them. Using self-hypnosis to achieve ones goals, and grow ones self esteem.

Well, this one is definitely about self-empowerment as well. It’s just approaching things from a different angle.

The principle here is clear though: Information is power.

And Taylor offers a massive expose of all the nasty ways we’re being fooled by a slew of powers that be. In most of the cases discussed in this book, the information is so “unpleasant” and/or scary that some of us would rather not know about it.

If you prefer to focus on what YOU can do, you may even want to skip ahead to the last chapter before diving into all the gory details. There you’ll find something more positive and hopeful: Specific action steps that help you take back your power.

Taylor gives the phrase “mindful living” a whole new meaning. It’s at the heart of bringing about change, and making the world a better and more humane place.

And so, after hundreds of pages about various aspects of how we’re being fooled and controlled, and how the various techniques work – and the kinds of experiments that have been conducted to make that mind-control ever more powerful), there it is. A long and detailed chapter on what we can do about it.

And yes, mindfulness is at the heart of it. We need to pay attention. And speak up.

Eldon Taylor’s new book “Gotcha” is a truly eye-opening must-read for anyone who wants to know the truth and take back control of his or her own life. Knowledge is power. And to reclaim it, we will have to face a lot of ugly truths.