Playing Your Edge Japanese Style

“Success is the progressive realisation of a worthy ideal” – Earl Nightingale

What kind of life would you have if…

…every day felt like a repetition of the one before it…
…you only ever did the bear minimum needed to get by…
…you’re not actively involved in moving towards the life of your dreams…

You’d be pretty miserable right?

Who wouldn’t.

Now turn it around…

…when each day feels like a brand new adventure…
…when you go the extra mile…
…when you’re busy working at making things better in your life…

You’d be diving out of bed in a morning, filled with excitement and hope.

If you’ve been exposed to my work for a while, you’ll have heard me talking about a concept I call:

“Playing Your Edge” or PYE.

The aim being to do something a little bit better each time you do it.

Well, it turns out the Japanese have a funky little word for this concept too:

Kaizen.

It means ‘constant improvement‘ and the idea is that big changes occur not through big actions, but through the accumulation of many little actions.

Zhan Zhuang Qigong ExercisesHere’s an example applied to the Zhan Zhuang exercise Golden Bridge:

  • Day 1 –> hold for 6 breaths
  • Day 2 –> hold for 7 breaths
  • .
  • .
  • .
  • Week 8 –> hold for 40 breaths
  • Week 9 –> hold for 41 breaths

And so on.

Kaizen and PYE does not mean:

  • Day 1 –> hold for 6 breaths
  • Day 2 –> hold for 20 breaths
  • Day 3 –> hold for 40 breaths

Uh-uh grasshopper- that’s not gonna fly, but it’s the way many Zhan Zhuang practitioners approach their practice. It’s simply not sustainable to keep taking giant leaps forward.

Now are you ready for the really cool bit?

You might want to sit down for this…

Kaizen and PYE don’t just apply to your Qigong practice!

Hell no, if you want to:

  • Lose weight
  • Build muscle
  • Write a book
  • Find the love of your life
  • Be financially free

Pretty much anything you can think of in your life can benefit from a Kaizen style approach to it.

As I used to tell my school students when they were revising for their exams:

“It’s a cinch by the inch, but a trial by the mile.”

Little steps, taken daily add up to big results.

The hardest part is getting started, closely followed by keeping going.

But, when it comes to your Qigong practice, hey I’ve got you covered.

Imagine if for the next 365 days I could give you a little golden nugget of wisdom, or something to watch out for, or remember to do with your Qigong practice.

Every day, for a yeah I’m there helping you to make small, incremental improvements to your practice.

That’d be pretty useful huh?

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Enjoy your practice!

Kindest regards

Marcus

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