This isn’t something new, and I’ll say it again, but this is important so listen closely:
A lot of people have made resolutions to floss this year. 2018 will be the year they turn into a religious flosser! Yet far too many people already beat themselves up about not flossing enough, how they need to get started again, and how they’re a terrible person because they don’t floss. It’s not that they don’t know about the benefits of flossing. It’s not that they can’t do it. It’s not that they don’t have floss available. So then why is it so hard to develop the habit of flossing?
Here’s the thing you gotta realize—if flossing were easy, dentists and hygienists wouldn’t have to make such a big deal about it! The fact that it is such a difficult habit to develop means there is something else going on. From what I’ve seen from my patients, that something going on is insidious and widespread. The number one cause for failure to floss is feeling imperfect.
I know, I know. It’s hard to admit that you’re not the world’s best flower and you definitely maybe might have some personal flaws. You miss one day, and then you get frustrated and then you give up.
The key is NOT TO GIVE UP! You just keep going. You say to yourself “Okay self, we missed one day, but we’re going to do it tomorrow.” And then you pick up that floss and keep going.
Like anything else – dieting, working out, keeping to a budget, we’re not perfect 100% of the time, and it’s important not to let perfect be the enemy of good. Don’t get mad, get back on the wagon.