Goal setting – including the writing down of the goals – always reminds of flossing. Flossing is something I know I should do, yet miss more days than I wish. During a dentist visit over 15 years ago I was given a mental anchor about flossing that applies to many things in life — but especially goal setting. When my dentist asked the usual question, “Are you flossing everyday?”, I gave my usual answer, “Sometimes and usually only the front teeth, the back ones are too hard to get to.” His response has stuck with me ever since: “Fine, just remember, only floss the teeth you want to save.”
I could not believe my ears! In one small sentence the dentist gave me permission to do just as I please, and gave me full responsibility to live with the results.
I wish I could say I have flossed daily ever since, but I have not. I teach goal setting, yet in 2012 I devoted over 4 months to taking a new training/teaching on goal setting for myself. Then I received an email from Allison Morris, the co-creator of the goal-setting graphic that follows. I think it is outstanding. In words and pictures, she delivers a message. I have printed out a copy for myself as a consistent reminder throughout this year. I hope you do the same.
Infographic courtesy of OnlineEducation.net