You know what I’m really good at? Brushing my teeth. Maybe some people wouldn’t put that on their resume under Skills, but I am really proud of it. Because it means that I have the ability to develop new habits.

Sure, I have been brushing my teeth for years now. But there was a time when I never did it. Or at least I only did it under great duress and under supervision of one of my parents.

Now I brush my teeth all by myself every morning. No one has to remind me to do it. Something just feels off if I forget.

Do you brush your teeth too? (I hope so.)

I hope this is you in the morning. [click photo for credit.]

The encouraging part about this seemingly insignificant habit is that it means you can develop new habits too.

There’s a point when the habit is no longer new – it’s second nature.

A day will come when we don’t need reminders, phone alarms going off or our partners reminding us to do whatever it is we said we wanted to do.

The fact that you and I both brush our teeth every day can only mean one thing: change is only hard for a few days. Maybe 28, maybe 40. Depends on who you ask. But it’s not long.

We usually get all intimidated about the fact that we have to wake up and make the same change every day for the rest of our lives. But it won’t always feels so abnormal. The awkwardness and discomfort only hang around for the first few weeks.

So if you’re ready to give up on your New Year’s resolutions or goals, don’t do it yet. Give yourself six weeks to push through the weird feeling and the oh-man-I-so-don’t-want-to-do-it-again-today resistance. Then see if it doesn’t become second nature.

You might even get as good at your new goal as you are at brushing your teeth.

What’s the one goal or resolution you’ve made that you really hope you stick with? Share it with me in the Comments below.

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2 thoughts on “Do You Know How To Brush Your Teeth?

    1. Exactly, Andrew. I think it’s that conscious incompetence phase we have to struggle through. Most of us forget we feel that way nearly every time we are learning a new skill.


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