This past week has been an interesting one for me. I’ve been working on my Ideal Life Vision and that process requires some in depth looking at myself. It’s been a week of ah-ha moments. I enjoy that. I am making progress towards my ideal life, it’s small steps, but it is still forward movement.
One change that I began last week was to eat an apple every day. I don’t eat enough fruit and apples are always available here in the Pacific Northwest, so an apple a day. It makes me smile every time that I eat one as I clearly hear Jim Rohn’s voice saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away, what if that were true? Shouldn’t you be eating an apple a day? It’s not Hershey Bar a day … no, not Hershey Bar, it’s an apple a day … not skip a bunch of days and then eat ten in one day. If it’s a minute to midnight and you haven’t eaten your apple yet, start munching away!” That isn’t exactly the way he said it, but it’s close. I enjoy listening to his CD’s in my car. He makes me laugh, but his wisdom and the ability to share it are amazing. So I started with an apple a day, so easy to do … and easy not to do. I am working on starting a new habit, I have two more weeks to go to get that habit down!
All to often in life we decide that we want to change and live a healthier life. We make huge adjustments to the food we eat, and then lapse back into our old habits the second day because it was too much to soon. We go to the gym and work out for hours, just once and then we are too sore to go back. Starting out too big to soon guarantees that we won’t have success. I highly recommend that everyone get the book, The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson. Start with the small things, the things that are easy to do, such as eat an apple a day, take a walk around the block, or start drinking more water. The problem with these small things is that they are easy to do, but they are also easy not to do.
It’s those easy things that you do consistently over time that bring about big changes in your life. Start too big and you will be so overwhelmed that you shut down and do nothing. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step” as the quote by Lao-tuz goes. The original quote, which I like even better states “The journey of a thousand miles begins beneath one’s feet.” indicating that the beginning is in the stillness prior to actual movement of the feet. All journeys begin in the stillness, the place that we make the decision to move forward.
As I sit here and munch away on my apple, I challenge you to look at your own life and see where you might be able to make small changes that done consistently over time, would change your life dramatically. I believe that everyone should value their own health enough to stand in the stillness, make a decision and then take that first step.