Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible.’
– Audrey Hepburn -
Though the quote itself is not directly related to continuous improvement, Audrey Hepburn shares with us a very inspirational thought. In continuous improvement it is important that we remember nothing is impossible. There will be times when you feel as though the journey is impossible and although you may not be able to influence or change the thoughts of others it is important to remember that no matter where you are on your continuous improvement journey you can be an example of what is possible.
This ancient Chinese proverb is a good reminder that always giving and doing things for other people may be helpful in the moment, but developing self-reliant and independent Lean and Six Sigma practitioners can grow a future rich with innovation and creativity.
Discussion - What types of things do you do in your organization to "teach others how to fish for a lifetime?"
Much like a car, aligning our thoughts, activities and schedules can be a powerful way to start our days off. Whether you do this with a healthy breakfast, morning meditation, morning exercise, writing in a journal or a team huddle finding a way to start your day with alignment will help you hold tightly to your goals as life's daily challenges come forth.
What do you do regularly to bring alignment to your life?
Share your Story - Have there been times in your continuous improvement journey where you thought to yourself, "maybe it's better to just stop." What did you do to remind yourself that there is no failure on the path of improvement? What did you do to learn?
**Discussion - What other methods of teaching have you used to help influence those around you in a positive way?
Often times on our path through improvement or chasing greatness, one might feel frustrated, downtrodden or even just plain beaten. Mr. Jordan one of the greatest basketball players to ever live offers this sound advice; "I believe greatness is an evolutionary process that changes and evolves era to era." Deep insight for us to reflect on.
"How about you? What are your thoughts on greatness? How is greatness achieved?"
Every "little" change we make guides us towards the greater changes we notice over time, remember no change, large or small, if it is focused on improvement will steer you in the wrong direction.
"A morning walk can brighten a day, cause some to smile and invigorate the mind, body and soul. A morning waste walk can do all of that and improve a little bit each day."
- Lean Strategies International LLC. -
"Standards should not be forced down from above but rather set by the production workers themselves." -Taiichi Ohno -
*Discussion Opportunities (comment below please):
Keeping our objectives insight helps us align our actions with our goals. In a recent forbes blog post author Molly Cain gives this advice on reaching your goals: "Break it up. Many people abandon goals because they’re just too dang big. If you’ve done this to yourself, stop now. Change your game plan."
Sometimes large goals can be more than our eyes can see, by breaking our goals up into milestones or even inchstones we can often find that the goal is much more manageable. So, What one thing can you do today that might get you a little closer to your goal?
"Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion."
- Jack Welch -
"Start by doing what's necessary, Then do what's possible; And suddenly you are doing the IMPOSSIBLE."
-Francis of Assisi-
“There is strange comfort in knowing that no matter what happens today, the Sun will rise again tomorrow.”
― Aaron Lauritsen, 100 Days Drive: The Great North American Road Trip -
"One thing is sure. We have to do something. We have to do the best we know how at the moment...; If it doesn't turn out right, we can modify it as we go along."
-Franklin D. Roosevelt-
"The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it."
"Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later."
"Play for the name on the front of the jersey and they will remember the name on the back."