Wading In

Small Steps in to the Water

Kaizen: Small Steps, Continuous Improvement

I was asked today about taking baby steps, which caused me to think: Wade In – a phrase I had written in my own Reminder Journal ~ but needed the prompt from another to remember that it was even there.  (Thank you Nancy) I was on a coaching call, for myself, with another KMCC Coach & ranting about ‘wanting it all’ & ‘wanting it ALL NOW!’ Feeling very impatient, knowing I have many tasks still yet to accomplish, including plenty that I have been putting off & procrastinating about, but still, I wanted the final product, with out the process. I can say that with clarity now, but in the moment my urgency seemed validated. I was reassured, “That’s normal.” We finally decide what we want & then we want it immediately. I’m glad I received the message to take baby steps or to just Wade In: to enjoy the infancy stage of my endeavor & cherish it, as I know it won’t last. To take in my surroundings, honor the seasons, to go with the flow & follow the tide. In thinking about what it feels like to Wade In, I realized that if I was where I (thought I) wanted to be ~ I’d be in seriously deep waters, over my head, treading water, short of breath, probably having a panic attack and wishing I was back safely on the shore ~ really, not where I want to be. Turns out, I’m glad to Be Here. Now. The wading in feels fine. Safe. Comfortable, gentle & easy ~ it’s what I love about Kaizen. For as many times as I have jumped in with both feet or ran full steam ahead ~ today, I invite you, to just Wade In.

Baby Steps

It's always possible to begin again.

It’s always possible to begin again.

When my daughter was born in 2005, a well meaning friend gifted me with a journal. I only ever managed to write one entry in it, 10 months later. Before & since then, I’ve filled numerous other notebooks with my writings, but this one stayed on the shelf, practically unwritten, mostly forgotten, until just a few days ago, when I rediscovered it. I immediately reconnected with that feeling, of being a new mother, knowing I wanted to write, feeling like I needed to write, but being so out of practice, overwhelmed and exhausted, that it seemed nearly impossible to pick up where I had left off. It was really difficult to begin to write again, even though it had been something that I had done nearly every day for years before my pregnancy.

Funny that it wasn’t until years later, just after I became certified as a Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coach, after I read numerous books and articles about the success of Baby Steps, about the philosophy of Kaizen, small steps & continual improvements, about the science of the brain and tip toeing past the amygdala, and after practicing Small Steps in my own Creative Life, that I ended up with that particular journal in my hands.

In additional to working with the science of the brain, KMCC honors intuition as a strength. It also celebrates all creative expressions, like writing in journals, painting, singing, and dancing. Its tools help us to listen to the voice within, to learn to trust ourselves, to have fun & to be gentle with ourselves. It reminds us that the answers lie within us & urges us to enjoy the journey along Life’s path. To me, it seemed very fitting to find this passage, at this point in my journey. Here’s what I had to say, way back then:

“When you know that there’s something that you should do, but don’t know where to begin, so don’t, just pick one small thing to do, start with any one thing, & just do it so at least you’ve taken the first step & your journey has begun.”

May your journey be continuously blessed and full of beauty, magic and lovely surprises – like finding out you’ve had the answers you’ve been searching for all along. ♠