One small step can change your life – Robert Maurer


Introducing the practical and inspirational guide to incorporating Kaizen and its powerful principles into one’s daily life. Rooted in the two thousand-year-old wisdom of the Tao Te Ching–“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”–Kaizen is the art of making great and lasting change through small, steady increments. Kaizen is the tortoise versus the hare. Kaizen is the eleven Fortune 500 companies that significantly outperformed the market through moderate, step-by-step actions. Kaizen is losing weight not by a crash diet (which more often than not crashes) but by eating one bite less at each meal–then, a month later, eating two bites less. Kaizen is starting a life-changing exercise program by standing–just standing–on a treadmill for one minute a day.

Written by an expert on Kaizen–Dr. Robert Maurer, a psychologist on the staff at the UCLA medical school who speaks and consults nationally–One Small Step is the gentle but potent way to effect change. Beginning by outlining the all-important role that fear plays in all types of change–and Kaizen’s ability to circumvent it–Dr. Maurer then explains the 7 Small Steps: how to Think Small Thoughts, Take Small Actions, Solve Small Problems, and more. He shows how to perform mind sculpture–visualizing virtual change so that real change comes more naturally. Why small rewards motivate better than big rewards. How great discoveries are made by paying attention to the little details most of us overlook.

The book has been named one small step… for a reason, the book itself has been divided into 8 chapters, and each dedicated to simplifying everything into very small steps that we are comfortable following. Because let’s face it, we shriek from most things because we are uncomfortable with the unknown. The predictability in the smallness is what Kaizen preaches us. Do what you can!

For the ease of comprehension we are using diagrammatic flowcharts for each chapter of the book.

The first chapter is about how to innovate using Kaizen.

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The author suggests we use small steps innovating, start with steps that don’t challenge us and gently ease us onto our desired path.

The second chapter: Why kaizen works, enlightens us about how human psyche works and how to overcome our animal instincts in the wake of new situations.

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We are all aware that fear is nothing but our fight and flight instinct kicking in when faced with a stressful event. But an understanding of what is scaring you, can allow you to overcome it the kaizen way.

The third chapter: Ask Small Questions

Bombarding the mind with questions that it can’t foresee an answer to will induce anxiety, which will prevent you from initiating action and procrastination.

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It is only an added advantage, as the human brain release rewarding chemicals when we get an answer, right, the reason why people enjoy trivia so much.

It adds to the belief of a task being doable as well, when we have answer to the questions we ask.

And now Chapter 4: Think Small Thoughts

Thoughts become actions, since Kaizen is all about taking less risks and smaller steps; it is but obvious that one is advised to think practical and doable thoughts, instead of setting far off future actionable.

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It will also enhance ones productivity as the results will be more rapid because smaller thoughts are more real time.

Chapter 5: Take small actions

Although this chapter is but obvious after everything we know about the book from the 4 chapter before this one but let us take a look at the picture to know why & how it works?

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Because thoughts are always in theory and actions are in real world where circumstances are seldom ideal as according to our mental imagery.

Chapter 6: Solve Small Problems

This chapter talks about taking notice of small problems before they become big, most of our big problems would never happen if they are tackled at the right when they arise. Taking cautionary steps will not only resolves issues as they appear but also keep you informed on the overall status of a situations.

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Chapter 7: Bestow Small Rewards

Good things in come in small packages, one must be able to appreciate the small things in life to be happy and successful.  All successful people appreciate all the things they’ve been bestowed with. One of the all time favourite comedian of all times Jerry Seinfeld once described the mantra of his success to be appreciation of everything around him. He advised loving everything from your pillow to your car for their presence in your life.

The chapter is also preaching us to appreciate the smallness of life, every bit of life and its experiences.

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Chapter 8: Identify Small Moments

This last step can really enhance the way you appreciate every experience. Cultivating the habit of identify the universal seed of creation in everything will automatically make your life more fulfilling.

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Who Moved my Cheese ? www.laywi.com


Who Moved my Cheese was published in the year 1998 written by Spencer Johnson. This tiny book has been written in the simplest English with the least complex fictional characters in the history of writing but is profoundly true and brimming with obviousness that its only a miracle of some sort that we ignore it  with amazing ease. The Story starts with the four protagonist Hem & Haw- the tiny people and Sniff and Scurry- the two mice, both jog through a maze every morning towards cheese stations to get their fill of the day. They do this day after day for as long as they can, till the particular cheese station is empty. The mice, rightly named Sniff and Scurry are quick to notice and anticipate change. One day when sniff and scurry arrive at their cheese station and notice the absence of any cheese, they are quick to process this information and scurry away to sniff out another source of cheese. But the same does not happen to the tiny people, when on the same day Hem and Haw arrive to find no cheese, they simply assume it to be a temporary thing, and the station they held so dear can’t let them down, and it was only a matter of time, that they would find the same joy of satisfying cheese again. And they repeated this safe mantra to themselves every day till they felt sick to their stomach from hunger and disappointment, they knew the big change couldn’t be reversed, but scared to get out of their comfort filled and denial fueled situation, were paralyzed. Meanwhile Sniff and Scurry had already found a bigger/better cheese station across the maze and were busy dishing out on the new cheese.  But Haw instinctively knew the change had arrived and to survive he must make a move to another place, but was held back by fears. Fearfully but Haw knew that he must overcome this disabling fear of change to get to new cheese. So once again, he brought his running shoes out that he had tucked away so very methodically after discovering the cheese station. And ran out into the maze in find of new cheese that was out there somewhere. As he lapped along the journey he released the inevitability of change and disappointment of not having released that sooner. He ran and ran, overcoming his fears of newness and imagining himself gorging on newer cheese, which made his goal more and more real for him. He felt alive at discovering new bits of cheese on the way and hoped that Hem would soon follow him into the maze. But this time Haw was a new person, he wasn’t going to let the same stagnation happen again as he it had earlier, he made sure he wrote his lessons on the walls of the maze, to internalize them and in-case he needed to trace his way back or to another station. Haw felt alive, his only regret, he hadn’t done it sooner.

Eventually Haw did discover the bigger/better cheese station. But this time he had learned his lesson. So he regularly smelled cheese to know if it’s going stale, took inventory of the remaining cheese and trusted and developed his ability to find cheese again- in short controlled fear. And lived happily and practically ever after.

In this metaphorical tale, cheese stands for anything that we think will bring us eternal happiness, but as Haw demonstrated, the only constant in life is change and developing the habit of recognizing, recording and reflecting on newer cheeses, is the only formula to finding eternal happiness in life.

The faster you recognize change, the faster you will come with an antidote. The more records  you take, the better you will strategize and the more you reflect, the easier the transition would be.

But the book just isn’t preaching of change, it’s also asking its readers to make plans devoid of any existence of fear, fear which is a reflex from the lessons learned, histories read and is nothing but glorified caution. Fear is a friend not a foe when regulated.Hence the book asks the most simple and powerful questions of them all, ‘What would you do, if you weren’t afraid?’

Have you thought of what would you do if you weren’t afraid? I would sing to the crowds of thousands and roll around in grass. Fantasies apart next time you are taking a decision, take off you fear cloak and make plans.

Our website www.laywi.com has incorporated lessons from who moved my cheese, LAYWi is personal development website with a twist, it’s not just an app but also a highly sophisticated tool which has its roots firmly in science of human psychology, monitoring for you and guiding you at each step of your project management towards a life that you want.

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LAYWi has tools that shows you progress made in all projects and assignments started by you on LAYWi, daily/weekly/monthly, as you would like it, so you can assess the state of your cheese. It has tools like diaries and Personal SWOTs that let you reflect on your cheese, if its depleting or would you rather have a different kind of cheese altogether. LAYWi is deeply based in science of human psychology and motivation which helps you structure your plans in such a manner that you always invent ways of locating more cheese. All one has to do is sign up, and start doing. Its Free!

The main thing while working with an app like LAYWi is that you can’t ever forget the writing on the walls. Because that is what guides your motivation to find more cheese.    What would you do if you weren’t afraid?    Getting out there and letting go of your comforts is the only way you will locate new cheese.    Always take stock.    Accept change and transition.      Constantly override your old ways with new ones to stay closer to cheese.

LAWYi, as its stands for life as you want it, helps you take charge of your cheese supply. It helps you imagine more ways to acquire cheese. Bottom-line: You move your own cheese. Total cheese control!

Cheese- the thing that we think will make us eternally happy, is only a plan away, just box that fear away and think to yourself, ‘What would you do if you weren’t afraid”?! and the world is your oyster.

Happy LAYWi-ing!

Who moved my cheese life lessons!


To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often. ― Winston Churchill

Change is a very a scary word, it is almost like a less intense cousin of death. And just like death, we all know change exists but don’t think it’s going to affect us anytime soon. And in the process of avoiding the confrontation with change, it’s always almost too late to do anything that we had once dreamt of doing. And its shame too, as most of us has the talents and resources to live our dreams but rarely do our fear of change holds us back.

We have all heard of “Who moved my Cheese”, even if we haven’t read it. It’s a book that tells a story of change. It’s about 4 characters running around in a maze trying to locate their cheese.

Cheese in the book, is a metaphor for what we want in life, it could be anything, more money, social standing or spiritual peace. And we pursue our cheese because we think that it will make us happy and secure. And the maze represents the place where we look for cheese, workplace or community or relationships we have.

The lessons that the author of the book wishes us to acknowledge are:

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  • Change happens- get used to it
  • Anticipate change- look for change, don’t deny it
  • Monitor change – always keep your eyes open to newer developments
  • Adapt to change quickly – Embrace change, don’t fight it.
  • Change – Become the change
  • Enjoy change – Live life as an adventure.
  • Be ready to change quickly again!

A lot of us have been robbed of our cheese during some point in our lives and it can be traumatizing, it feels likes we have been betrayed, and it’s unfair that it happened to us and no one else.

At this point in life, you must strive to break out of the cheese mentality, learn to become some who can get more cheese or better create your own cheese. Once you start believing the abundance of you ability to create opportunities for yourself, you will never fear change again.

Fear of change is nothing but the lack of your acknowledgement that you have the abundance of talent and resources everywhere waiting to be discovered. Change is scary but stagnation is stopping time, which is not only impossible but a waste of your life.

“What would you do if you were afraid?”-

When I was first asked this question, I had no idea what I wanted to say. There were ideas in my head but not my ideas, these were images from magazines, TV or what others had told me. It turns out I have been guarding my cheese for so long now, that its stink has killed any sense in me.

Adapting to change isn’t any easy process, when you don’t know what you are doing, it can be very frustrating, and you’d be tempted to stay with the old cheese even more. Learning change is a process. Everything requires hard work but once you learn the process, it becomes the simplest thing ever.

Change is happening every second, we are aging as we speak, the earth is revolving, seasons are changing, old leaves are falling, and new ones are growing. Adapt to it, don’t be afraid of it.

Secretly we all want change, but don’t know how to act on it. You can start by signing up on www.laywi.com.

It’s life management website. It has features, such as checklist; SWOT analysis; diary keeping; Project management to name only a few.

You can start by writing down all your aspiration. Setting goal. Projects to achieve these goals. It’s a holistic website that was made to help you live “Life as you want it”.