“Eat an apple on going to bed, and you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread” was the original phrase from the 1800’s. This was probably the first nutritional advice we ever heard from our parents or teacher.
Is it possible, that merely eating one apple a day would keep the doctor away?
I’m sure it will take more than eating just one apple a day to keep the doctor away long term, even with all the nutritional benefits of an apple. At the same time, the quote has been around for more than 150 years. Wouldn’t there be some truth to it?
I recognized what the truth was. The quote suggests the daily intake of fruit. Everyday we need to pay attention to what we eat in order to keep the doctor away. Just a bit of fruit, everyday.
Which brought me to the ultimate truth. Taking little steps, everyday, to achieving your goal is the path to succeeding. You don’t eat all the fruits and vegetables of the world one day, and then eat ice cream, pizza and chips the rest of your life and think the doctor won’t be knocking on your door. It’s an apple a day, keeps the doctor away.
If everyday you have an apple, a salad, 15 minutes of reading, 20 minutes of exercise, 40 minutes practicing your craft, 1 hour of writing, or whatever it is you want to achieve; the day will come when you would have achieved that goal. It’s about taking little steps, followed by consistency, discipline, and frequency. Dedicate time everyday, even if it’s 20 minutes, to reading a book. Before you realize it, you would have reached the end. But if you keep waiting for the day that you will have 2-3 hours available to finally start reading, there’s a big chance that after a month you still haven’t finished the first page or even began.
There’s another quote I frequently remind myself of; “You always have time, for the things you put first”. Whatever you place at the top of your priority list is what will get done. Many times we have goals we desperately want to achieve, yet we place everything and everyone else at the top of our priority list, promising to dedicate time to our goals IF and WHEN there’s any time left. Once you’ve checked off all your to-dos from your list, the day is over, your energy is spent and there’s indeed no time left to work on your goal. You didn’t put it first.
If we merge these two quotes, I believe we have a wonderful principle to guide us.
Place your goals at the top of your priority list, and then everyday do a little to achieve it.
Don’t spend too much time focusing on all that needs to be done in order to achieve your goal. It can become overwhelming. You’re better off just focusing on what little you can contribute today to be able to achieve your goals for the future.
Written by: Natasha Felix