I’m a bad flosser.
I just got back from my dental checkup with my head hanging in shame again. Every time I leave, I swear I’ll do better.
Worse yet, last time we left I bragged to my wife how on our next visit the dentist would look at my teeth and say ‘I can’t touch that, I’d only be ruining perfection‘.
Yet the man with the drill wins everytime.
I usually manage to floss my temporarily-pearly-whites for four to six weeks. I remind myself of how my dentist accidentally slips and punishes my gums for making his job a pain. I tell myself how he’s quietly judging me behind that mask, assuming my entire life is a plaque-ridden mess.
I set out to prove him wrong. But it never lasts.
Fast company wrote a great article a number of years ago called change or die, citing how nine out of ten people when told by medical professionals they need to make some behavioral changes or face early death – never end up changing.
How do you change?
What long term sustainable behavioral changes have you made recently? What supports do you put in place? How do you prevent excuses from robbing you of change?
Now if only they made bacon-flavored floss…