The Value of Flossing as a Goal

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.
Setting Goals InfographicInfographic courtesy of

Andrea Goeglein, Ph.D.
About the author

Andrea Goeglein is part organizational psychologist, part entrepreneur, and all about success—your success. She understands both the pressures you face and the dreams that inspire you. Andrea merges her experience as a business owner with her training in Positive Psychology to provide effective, efficient and challenging personal development products and services. She combines an emphasis on objective assessment with an approach that is always powered by your spirit and guided by your goals. Her professional development offerings are based in theory and backed by direct business knowledge.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.