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Robert Maurer – HOW TINY STEPS CAN IMPROVE YOUR LIFE & HEALTH! + Guided Meditation!

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If you’ve ever wanted more excellence in your life, with a better outlook, health, and greater success, then do we have the small steps show for you!

Today I’ll be talking with Dr. Robert Maurer, a faculty member at the UCLA and University of Washington Schools of Medicine, the Director of Science of Excellence, author of One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way and a second book I am absolutely smitten with, The Spirit of Kaizen: Creating Lasting Excellence One Small Step at a Time!

And that’s just what I want to talk with him about today, about creating lasting excellence, one small step at a time.

That plus radars and chocolate, tasting insecticide, why you don’t want left turns, lost wrenches and aircraft carriers, the secret to a good party, the power of a kids meal, why you might want to throw out your first bite of food, and why it’s incredibly important to treat the Zappos van driver right!

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As Director of Behavioral Sciences for the Family Practice Residency Program at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and a faculty member with the UCLA School of Medicine, Dr. Maurer has traveled extensively presenting seminars and consultations on a broad spectrum of issues that people face in today’s societies. As a consultant to the British government in Northhampton, England, he has addressed professional organizations and government agencies abroad.

Dr. Maurer, a distinguished and effective translator of a new psychology of success, has developed over 40 seminars and lectures that highlight traits for success. Some of these are: Immunity to Stress, Why People Overeat, Getting Along With Your Children, How Successful People Succeed, The Psychology of Storytelling (for writers), How Successful People Change, Attaining What You Want: The Visionary Approach, At War With Yourself: A New Perspective On Self-Defeating Behavior.

The impact of Dr. Maurer’s unique approach to personal happiness and success is reinforced by his commitment to scientific research and hands-on studies. He has researched, conducted and participated in numerous scientific research projects including the study of psychological aspects of medical problems, the behavioral ecology of the hospital treatment system, drug addiction and deviant lifestyles, human sexuality and marriage and family problems. Dr. Maurer’s work at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center involves training family practice physicians in communication and counseling skills. He trains the resident doctors in recognition of early signs of psychological problems and has developed effective and brief techniques that allow the physician to intervene and assist families to cope with the emotional problems that cause or accompany illness. In addition to his continued research and his work at the hospital, Dr. Maurer lectures extensively to cancer patients and their families. His highly entertaining and uplifting programs address the question of what skills are essential to enhance physical, psychological, and spiritual well-being when facing the challenges of diagnosis and illness. Using extensive audiovisual examples, he provides practical and effective strategies for creating and sustaining healthy change when facing a health crisis. For more on the scientific investigation of excellence, please see About the Science of Excellence Seminars.

Dr. Maurer has been a guest lecturer and consultant for a number of theatrical companies around the country and has appeared on ABC/TV’s “20/20” in connection with his research and work in the area of “anger.” A recent Los Angeles Times profile highlighted his work with writers and the psychological challenges of their creative endeavors.


Robert Maurer PhD Online: WebsiteYouTube

Key Topics:

  • How did Robert get interested in Kaizen?
  • What career / field was Robert using Kaizen in?
  • What career was using Kaizen when Robert began studying it?
  • Why big steps toward success may not be the answer
  • What does the amygdala have to do with ‘big change’
  • Why big steps tend to lead to big falls
  • Why self-help big steps aren’t what we make them out to be
  • What can we learn from Jim Collins and Good to Great?
  • Where does morale come from?
  • How we can improve the morale of those around you in your career or home?
  • What we want to do to protect our relationship with our loved one?
  • What can we learn about the van driver for Zappos (also for Southwest and other organizations)
  • How do we work with difficult people?
  • What’s neutrality
  • What does Buddhism have to do with our response to others?
  • What is the Buddhist idea surrounding the thoughts in our mind
  • What is the kaizen technique called mind sculpture
  • What we can learn from Michael Phelps and visualization and mind sculpture
  • What’s the art of compliments?
  • What can we learn from Carol Dwick and Mindset?
  • Why giving it your best is most important
  • Why big bonuses and rewards are not the answer?
  • What does Toyota have to do with Kaizen?
  • What’s the psychology of mistakes
  • What are the results of the 15 year study ‘Managing the Unexpected’?
  • What do left turns have to do with the UPS
  • What do milkmaids and cowpox have to do with anything?
  • What does throwing out the first bite of food have to do with anything?
  • How do we lose weight with kaizen
  • How do we get more nutrition with kaizen small steps
  • What does data logging underwear (and green lizards) have to do with anything
  • How can we lose weight by exercising just one minute a day?
  • What we can learn from fear and anxiety and mindfulness breathing and our breath
  • How meditation and controlling our breath can help
  • What’s the power of calming our breathing down
  • How do we move ourselves out of crisis
  • How do we get rid of our harsh critical inner voice?
  • What’s the importance of gratitude?
  • Why is gratitude so elusive?
  • Why are questions the best way to reprogram our brain
  • What’s the danger of isolation?
  • What is one of the most powerful predictors of future health?
  • How importance is a spiritual practice or a sense of spirituality
  • What’s the correlation between a spiritual practice and better physical health?
  • What are the implications for parenting from kaizen?
  • What’s the most important thing we can do for our kids
  • A beautiful guided meditation

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INSPIRE #293: How to Manifest Miracles thru Little Big Steps! (Arash Bayatmakou, No Limits Collaborative)



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