My First Year In Achievement - What Kaizen Has Taught Me

Last Update: July 24, 2019

Yesterday marks my 1 year journey into the deliberate improvement of my life, financially and emotionally. A lot has happened and I feel like I have grown up and become more mature in the process.

Keep On Dreaming Big

Nothing sucks more than to hold your breath and waiting for the one moment you've been working towards. Patience is not something I'm good at, I discovered.

Nonetheless, I've achieved a lot in 12 months and I'm far better off for it. I've created 2 sites with a growing reader base. They are constantly being improved aesthetically and I am not short on ideas to improve it for at least another year.

I've gained experience into more streams of passive income and I'm actually making money trading Forex. I'm also no longer checking the viability for income streams that are yielding low income and I'm getting settled in as an entrepreneur and becoming the definition of it.

In other words, becoming my own boss and working my own hours becomes easier as each day passes by.

Goals change

Your plans may be set in stone, but your journey isn't. A rigid idealized plan will only get you so far because sooner or later you'll have to make the necessary changes to amend your course.

As you grow, you start to experience learning differently, and remaining strong willed on a set path will not benefit you. Always assess how your newly gained experience can improve on your current plan.

Motivation Falters

I've been in more situations than I could count where I thought I should quit on breaking free from a mundane lifestyle. Some reasons included me getting into my comfort zone and not considering the benefits of actually working hard for the carefree lifestyle. Other reasons included my fear that making a considerabel amount of money will change me and make me a horrible greedy person.

The shininess of WA is also wearing off, leaving me with something that I've gotten used to. But on the other hand I'm no longer intrigued by the shiny object syndrome.

My focus has shapened and I'm wasting less time on choices that should be 2nd nature. In that, the training at WA has paid off very well.

Making My first Million (Rand)

To top this post off, I'm finally in a position where I can say that I can set goals towards making my first million Rand and then dollars. The latter is harder to achieve than the former. XD

Overall, I have achieved a great deal, but a great deal lies ahead. I'm still stuck in the phase where I have to work a unenjoyable day job which drags down my mood. But I am grateful for the changes that have occurred thus far.

Kaizen - The Great Motivator

I would not have gotten to this point without following the Kaizen philosophy. Not shunning away opportunities and always looking out for ways to improve myself has allowed me to grow in confidence and not doubt my plans or my desires to be a better version of myself.

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ExpatMark Premium
Thanks for sharing. Always nice for the first blog you read of the day to positive and something I can use in my life.

Make a living, make a difference.

Linda103 Premium
Always good to diversify Ian. Sounds like you have learnt a lot in the year, well done to you.
Joes946 Premium
Great post.
Talk2Ray Premium
Congratulations Ian, it sounds like you have come a long way in one year. You are smart to seek multiple income streams it will definitely pay off in the long run.
Keep up the good work.
Kaizen21 Premium
Hi Ray,

I will always move forward. Any progress is better than none. My true goal is to create as many income streams as possible and investing my take, so that my investments can become my income.
Talk2Ray Premium
That is definitely a great goal Ian, it will prove to be your best effort towards success.
BobbyO Premium
Yes I found the shiny object fades when I don't put any work into it, then starts to shine brilliantly and becomes very motivational when I do. Then it will dull again unless I stay consistent. That has been the key for me! Congrats on a year and keep shining!
Bobby O.
Kaizen21 Premium
Thanks. My motivation is a bit in the dumps, but I am certain I'll get over it and start working towards my goals again.