The Story Behind Improve Daily
“Sick and tired of being sick and tired”
I remember it vividly – I was a leadership gathering at the oceanfront condo of my close friends Rich and Tracy in Laguna Beach, CA. I sat on the plush couch in the living room, furiously scribbling into my journal while their friend and mentor, Larry Raskin sat on a bar stool teaching. The words he spoke carried conviction. He was dropping bombs of wisdom all over the place, and I didn’t want to miss a word. “Stop settling for mediocrity in your life!” said Mr. Raskin. He continued, “Jim Rohn said it best – If you want more in life, you have to BECOME more. Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better.” Those words spoke to where I was in life. They were my introduction into the world of personal development.
From that spring day forward, I began to read more books, listen to audio programs, attend conferences and webinars on various subjects that had one primary aim: To become a better person each day. I was convinced that I was meant for more in life than to just drift through every day collecting a pay check, coming home to numb myself out on television, and giving my wife and children the little energy that I had left. I was tired of that life. I knew I was meant for more.
Close to the time that I had the pleasure of learning my first round of lessons from Mr. Raskin, my wife Emily and I had the honor of traveling to La Jolla, CA to meet the “Father of Peak Performance,” Tony Robbins, and his wife Sage. We got to spend the day with a few other couples discussing relationships, and hearing fantastic truths spoken into our marriages that provided greater insight into the situations we were dealing with at that time. It was during this time with Tony that he taught me the concept of Kaizen, a Japanese word meaning “good change.” Kaizen is a philosophy adopted throughout a variety of industries, one where companies and organizations seek to constantly improve upon what they are doing. The philosophy of Kaizen also applies to our daily lives – the fact that we have the power to make changes to improve on a daily basis.
The central focus of this site is Kaizen: How We Can Improve Daily.
I later had the privilege of meeting Darren Hardy, the Publisher of SUCCESS Magazine. He taught me the concept of The Compound Effect – that successes and failures in life are not generally due to a single cataclysmic event. Instead, they are due to small, seemingly minor choices that we make on a daily basis. This concept is the foundation for how Kaizen may be achieved in all of our lives. If you stick with me, you’ll see how The Compound Effect can begin to make enormous changes in your life.
Please know, I am not here as a lecturer or a self-proclaimed expert. I’m writing as a researcher, where my life is the laboratory. I’m consider myself to be a student-teacher. My goal is that I will be able to utilize some of my successes and failures to help at least one person make a positive change in their life.
“To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Welcome to the journey of making our lives better for our loved ones and those whose lives we impact on a daily basis.
Welcome to ImproveDaily.com!
Galel Fajardo, M.A.