How many of you are still focused on the New Year’s goals you set for yourselves in 2015? Are you still excited about making those incremental improvements to reach personal and business goals – and even surpass them?

IMG_Working out for new Wildcat Way using Labrada Nutrition 11-2-13 copyRemember, your job – whatever it may be – is business. In order to run a business you need a winning mindset, an outstanding strategy, expertise and talent. Whatever part you play in that business, you have to make sure you are always constantly putting your best foot, idea and effort forward. In business, this applies to all levels of executives and employees, or in sports, the entire coaching staff and all team members. These rules apply even if you’re reaching for new personal goals (fitness, self-improvement and learning) because the process is the same. Stay focused on refining your strategy, applying your expertise and developing your talent to make continued progress on your goals.

KaizenThe Japanese word kaizen translates to “continuous improvement.” The Japanese built a business philosophy based on kaizen in order to become an economic superpower. Their approach was to work systematically towards small, incremental changes in processes in order to improve efficiency and quality. It didn’t take long for this idea to spread throughout the world, adopted by organizations seeking to increase their competitive advantage. This works at the personal level, too. Successive and incremental improvement in your personal and professional life will allow you to become better equipped for greater levels of success.



People have all sorts of excuses for not doing the work required to reach their goals. From fear of failure to simple things like not getting enough sleep the night before or being under the weather, these excuses just get in the way of what you truly want in life. These obstacles can sometimes seem insurmountable. But the actions required to break through are simple. Throw off the covers! Get dressed and get moving towards the next step in reaching your goals! Stay focused on what you must achieve today and keep moving forward! Every day you practice this habit, you improve your focus and ability to overcome other obstacles that might appear and to get the job done.



Keep that ultimate goal burning in the back of your mind, while you continue to focus on the daily workouts, jobs and tasks with your greatest effort. Daily work (remember the “continuous” part of kaizen?) is what will enable you to reach your goals. Again, it doesn’t matter if you’re working on a personal goal, business goal or athletic goal… “small hinges swing big doors.”



This is something I picked up from Tony Robbins and becoming certified in Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP). Learn to identify what brings you pain and pleasure. You’re drawn to things that ultimately bring you more pleasure. If deciding not to work out brings you short term pleasure but long-term pain (because you don’t reach your fitness goals), then you have to associate pain to the act of missing a workout. Only when you do that will you take the actions necessary to avoid pain. Instead, you will work out on a consistent basis, which will ultimately bring you the pleasure of reaching your fitness goals. Businesses, organizations and teams find themselves in the same situation. If the thought of not hitting your big goals upsets you, use that as motivation to do what it takes to meet your daily goals. Only through that daily effort can your team experience the pleasure of success that will come from achieving its long-term goals.


Ask yourself, “What are what the consequences if I fail to do my very best?” This is an effective way to keep yourself making those incremental improvements in your personal and professional life. Nobody likes to have to tell themselves (or a trainer or boss) that they didn’t succeed. It’s dis-empowering to have to say “I didn’t achieve the task set for me at work today,” or, “I skipped my workout today.” At this point, you still have a few more months left to strive toward your 2015 goals. What are you going to do about it today?



About the Author

pg_MAP0229_lgKevin Saunders is a World Champion Paralympian, motivational speaker, athlete (with multiple Gold Medals) and author. Kevin Saunders was the first person with a disability / Paralympian appointed to the President’s Council on Physical Fitness & Sports (only 20 people are selected for this) by President George H.W. Bush.  He is also the only person re-appointed to this Council by President Bill Clinton and was re-appointed once again by President George W. Bush as a constituent expert to the President’s Council on Physical Fitness & Sports.  To learn more about Kevin’s story and accomplishments please visit his website at