We all know the phrase “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” What originally was meant to express that a healthy life is based on a healthy nutrition, turned to a metaphor for becoming succesful by doing something repeatedly and consistently.
There are three things to consider, because otherwise wrong expectations are being caused:
#1 It is not the first apple that saves your life. In other words: As you can’t expect lifelong health by eating the first apple, you can’t expect to be successful just because you started doing something right, for example working on the personal growth strategy rather than wasting time on Facebook. You need to do the right things repeatedly and consistently. This often means that you need to change not only your mindset, but your behavior, yes, your life.
#2 You need to spend some time to define, what “the right things” are for you. It isn’t necessarily the first apple you see that’s good for you – metaphorically spoken. Invest at least some time to identify what “the apple” is for you and what kind of apples the most tasteful ones are.
#3 Start. It’s far better to start by doing some things right than to start a lifelong thinking process. Get yourself some apples and start with them. Don’t bring a van full of apples home from running your daily errands, a small basket is enough since the apples need to be fresh. Focus on a small number of changes.
Be patient. Once you defined the right areas and the right ways to grow personally, you need the discipline to take action every single day. Trust yourself and trust the quality of your decisions. You can always change the course once you gained momentum.
(c) 2012, Prof. Dr. Guido Quelle, Mandat Consulting Group