• One Small Step Can Change Your Life

  • The Kaizen Way to Success
  • By: Dr. Robert Maurer
  • Narrated by: Robert Maurer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (472 ratings)

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The kaizen way to change your life.

Discover the potent force of kaizen... and use it to easily, effortlessly achieve any goal or make any change you want to!

We've been programmed to believe that change is a "battle" - something hard fought and hard won, something that demands struggle and sacrifice. But as anyone who uses the technique known as kaizen can tell you, nothing could be further from the truth. With kaizen, it's effortless, simple, and inevitable to change your life.

In One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way to Success, author, psychologist, and world-renowned kaizen expert Dr. Robert Maurer introduces you to this simple yet extremely powerful transformation technique and gives you a step-by-step system for using it to achieve big and small changes in your life, with a speed and ease that will astonish you. In this exciting mix of studio and live recordings, Dr. Maurer will teach you how to:

  • Conquer procrastination - even if it's a challenge you've struggled to overcome your entire life.
  • Eliminate debt - even if you've racked up huge credit card bills and can't see a time when you'll ever be able to pay them off.
  • Create a more balanced life - even if you can't see any way to redistribute your time and energy.
  • Lose weight - even if you hate dieting and have never been able to stick to a weight loss program for very long.
  • Build wealth - even if you've found it impossible to save money or create wealth up until now.
  • End bad habits - like smoking or overeating, even if you've tried over and over again without success.
  • Start doing what you love - even if you don't know what it is or can't imagine how it could ever become your main job.
  • And so much more!

©2006 Robert Maurer (P)2006 Nightingale Conant

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disappointed in this audio -

First of all I want to say I love Robert Maurer's work - very much so...
What disappoints me is I believed that this would be a reading of the actual book - which currently happens to be one of my favorites. Instead of actually reading it a third time I wanted to be able to listen to it while I was doing other things. Don't get me wrong - the information is very valuable, but I heard much of this in videos I have watched of his. So if you are expecting the book version this is not it. I do hope someday that there is...

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Take tiny steps

Start each day with the question "What small step can I take today to make an improvement in the quality of my life?" It can be as trivial as walking up and down a few steps, flossing a tooth, reading one page of a book, spending five minutes to clean an area of the house, saving a dollar, or going to bed five minutes earlier. It is better to spend two minutes every day on improving something than trying to motivate yourself to spend 30 minutes a week for a bigger goal. These small, trivial steps do not trigger fear as would a major goal - fear of failure or change. When you become accustomed to that one tiny step every day, you can increase it a little more.

The one bad thing about the audio book is that it's a combination of studio recording and the recording of a workshop, which included the author lecturing and participants answering questions. There are probably also moments when the author is writing on a whiteboard (because you can hear the squeaking of a marker). This diminishes the quality of the audio book.

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Botched editing or a bug ruined the experience

I liked this book a lot. Until I got to chapter 7, and it was about to describe the 4 key skills of success in all areas of life. Then, it inexplicably replayed a prior chapter about stress. There was no rating for editing quality, so I had to rate the performance low, even though the speaker was pretty good (though a little wooden when rattling off some of the stories)

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NOT either an audio book or very good

If you are expecting the audiobook version of the Kindle or paperback versions of this title, don't buy this. It's not the audio version of the book. It's a collection of bits of speeches, at varying volumes of Dr. Maurer talking (sometimes to groups). His definition of "innovation" is eccentric and he uses "examples" to make whatever point he's trying to make at the time. Since most large changes in business come about through several steps, he accents the small steps when saying something is an example of kaizen and the overall, big improvement when he calls it "innovation," which he defines as "making change in big steps." I think this was a complete waste of my money.

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Turn to be different from what I expected

Quite more focused on relationships than expected. A bit repetitive. Other than that quite useful in connecting some mental barriers with our childhood. Made me more aware in a positive way of my spouse and daughter needs.

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Very Helpful

I found the technique of kaizen to be very helpful. I found many of the concepts and studies new to me. Especially the concept that opportunities can also cause fight or flight and the concept of not waking up your amygdala by keeping tasks small. There is repetition because the audio intersperses portions of live presentations along with the reading of the book, but this did not bother me.

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Small steps make big difference over time

Was filled with lots of good information on how to approach changing behaviors. Had some great and inspiring examples all throughout.

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A must listen for anyone seriros about self-master

this was a great book. it offers a lot of practical advice on how to make small changes to improve your self mastery. It's a highly practical book. You can also hear quite a bit of Tony Robbins teachings in this book. definitely check out the audible version because it's a little bit different than the Kindle version. I think the main difference is that the audible version features in-person seminars that the author delivered at the Canyon Ranch Spa

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Kaizen, good micro change applied to personal life

Excellent! lots of good tools, great examples, and good exercises for you to do . Ratchets you down from big change to seconds or minutes initially, in some cases just thinking about change.

With enough references to studies and science that show that those kinds of changes are more sustainable and successful in the long run.

Taped lectures from the Canyon Ranch so sometimes repetitive but it didn't matter was still good. The repetition probably helped it sink in better for me.

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Not credit worthy

Some good concepts and info but is a collection of live talks where things are repeated. And he is pointing at things we can’t see.

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  • Timothy
  • 02-02-16

interesting.

probably could have been a lot shorter, but the principles of lots of small steps to achieve any big goal are certainly sound and well documented. well worth a listen.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-06-15

simply inspiring

life lessons, relationship advice, personal improvement.... it's all there, easy to understand and done in a way that truly engages.

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  • Andrew
  • 07-25-15

A wealth of information

If you could sum up One Small Step Can Change Your Life in three words, what would they be?

Step by Step

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I found the combination of live and studio recordings very useful. There is so much more here than in his book.

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  • bbzona
  • 05-05-15

Really good

I just simply loved, at make us stop and questioned so many thing in our life.
I strongly advise the reading in this case listening...

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  • Zdenek
  • 06-10-16

Nice to listen to

A lot of the examples mentioned here were really useful / made think. Although, as I was listening to this audio book as a 2nd book of the author, I think it had less Kaizen examples then the first one. But on the other hand, he explains a lot of the background processed in our brain which is good as well.

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  • Devon Dolley
  • 03-24-16

Life changing if you are feeling stuck

Would you listen to One Small Step Can Change Your Life again? Why?

Absolutely, this is the book I have been looking for. How to get yourself our of a rutt and back onto the successful track once more

What other book might you compare One Small Step Can Change Your Life to, and why?

None, it's unique

Have you listened to any of Robert Maurer’s other performances? How does this one compare?

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Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Relief, at last I've found the tool I need to turn my life back around.

Any additional comments?

I listen to many many self help and personal development books, I am inspired and motivated and believe in myself, but i keep on putting it off. why? Fear? I've dealt with my fears.

This book teaches you to bypass the block and change your life. Loved it!

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  • Nirmal Lotay
  • 11-09-20

make a difference

very thought provoking book. Worth the time and investment if you are serious about your growth and contribution to life.

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  • Mr. S. Alidina
  • 10-26-20

One of my favourite books on personal change

I consider this a timeless classic and come back to it again and again.

Kaizen is a brilliant philosophy and it works! Robert is an excellent communicator and uses amazing stories and fascinating research to bring these ideas to life.

Thank you so much for writing it!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-22-20

inspirational!

Teaches you how to live the life you want in achievable steps. I loved it.

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  • MR
  • 12-13-18

Apparently the book is good

This audiobook is not a reading of the book though. It’s a lazy shortcut. Stick to the print/kindle edition.

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  • Cathryn
  • 10-10-17

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did not finish. ..too slow. like the start.
ideas great but kept falling asleep. bllah blah

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-28-20

The gift of Kaizen

Well worth the listen, Kaizen is the best gift ever, I’ve listen to this book 3 times already.