Kaizen Wealth Life Transformation

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Steven De Becker

First of, I have a confession to make: I started the Kaizen Challenge before Christmas and took a break over the holiday period, so took quite a bit longer to complete the challenge than 49 days. With hindsight, that was stupid. I know I would have gotten more out of it if I had stuck to the 49 day timeframe. So, as a word of advice to future generations of Kaizen students: make sure to commit to completing the challenge in 49 days. 

 
But I’ve forgiven myself, accepted that not committing to do the challenge every day no matter what was a weakness that I can work on and eliminate. I ended the challenge yesterday, Friday. With the Kaizen principle in mind, I’ve decided to start the challenge all over again, starting with day 1 today. And this time, I will complete it in 49 consecutive days. 
 
Another thing I’ve had to learn was to plan my days properly – actually write down a daily schedule on paper. Without that written commitment, I’d wake up later than expected, skip going to gym, not stick to what I’d set out to do that day, etc. So in the last week of the Kaizen Challenge, I finally decided on a routine, and stuck to it. 
 
What I’ve found is that by sticking to this plan, I’ve unlocked so much more time. What used to be a full day’s work (running my company) is now compressed into just a couple of hours a day. One of the tricks is to not check and respond to emails as and when they come in, but assign specific time slots for them. 
 
I’d fallen behind with the Wealth Creator challenge due to a ‘lack of time’ (poor excuse, I know). Now, even before my day starts, I habitually read one or two weeks’ lessons. And I don’t even have to think any more about what to do next, all I have to do is take a look at my day planner. 
 
I hardly watch TV anymore, and if I do, I make sure it’s not any old rubbish, but a nice feel good movie, or something inspiring. I’m married to a TV producer. Convincing my wife that TV is evil isn’t the easiest of tasks, but even she has cut back on the amount of hours in front of the telly. I don’t read newspapers anymore. I do still pick up the occasional magazine, usually something car or yachting related. I still like my toys :-) 
 
I’ve also started to be more aware of what I eat, and I exercise every day now. 20 minutes of aerobic exercise, followed by about 20 minutes of strength training. And boy, does it feel good! 
 
By sharing some of the things that I’ve learned with the people that I love and care about, I’ve noticed that I can make a change for the good in their lives as well. I gave my mom a copy of Tony Robbins ‘Awaken the Giant Within’ for Christmas. She was diagnosed with bipolar mood disorder years ago, and has spent a few years of her life in psychiatric institutions. Learning that she can actually take control of her mind is something that is starting to change her life. And it’s not something that she was ever taught by her psychiatrists … 
 
This is just one example. There are other people that I’ve been feeding personal development material to, and it’s really making a difference in their lives. I think I’m starting to get an idea of why it is that you do what you do, even though you don’t have to. It’s actually scary to see how few people know that they can do something about their present circumstances. Then again, up until about 3 years ago, I had no clue either. They really should teach us this stuff at school. 
 
We've recently decided to put our house on the market, take the equity out, and invest in an income generating property. Our house is going on show tomorrow, so thumbs crossed. It wasn’t easy to convince my wife that this was the right thing to do (she loves our house - as do I) but the succession of interest rate hikes has nicely illustrated my point that we don’t want to be slaving away just to pay for a place to live. 
 
The idea is now to buy a property that is suitable for use as a lodge, and where we can have weddings and conferences. We bought our house shortly before I did your Property Pro workshop and of course, that was an eye opener. I knew then that the property that we had just bought was simply not a good investment (even though the capital appreciation has been quite good, at least according to the valuations we got). 
 
Thanks to the Kaizen Challenge and Power morphing, I now also have much more clarity on what I want to do with my life. For years, I’ve had this vision of living by the ocean, in a house on a hill. A few weeks ago, I was looking into offshore trust structures, and came across the BVI. Got chatting with a South African trust attorney who lives there and consequently Googled the place. WOW! The pictures that I came across! It’s absolutely stunning, looks just like what I had in mind all along. So one of my big goals now is to move to the Caribbean and buy a catamaran. Some small little island where there’s not so much ‘noise’, where I can truly get in touch with my Spirit, and where we can start a family. It might take a few years but I’m confident that we’ll get there. In fact, every morning, I’m there already …
 
Lastly, I’d like to end by thanking you for all the wisdom that you’ve shared so far. I can’t even begin to explain how my life has changed ever since I started working on myself, and you have made a major contribution to what is now a much improved 'I'. I’m still very much a work in progress but then again, that’s what Kaizen is all about … Thanks again! 
Oh, and don’t worry about logistics. I’ll gladly give you a ride  )-:home on the 23rd
 
PS: some people say I’m a dreamer. I take that as a compliment. And thanks to Kaizen, my dreams have been getting a whole lot bigger of late.


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