When are you due for another dentist visit? Do you dread the day till it’s over? In my case, I was almost 6 months overdue from the last check-up all because I let it slip my mind for a long time. Then, one morning out of blue and out of a magic, I decided it was time to get off my back side and act, so I called my dentist. It took less than two minutes to make the appointment and as soon as it was done, the anxious feeling went away. What’s easier, on the day I underwent the procedure, it was not as painful as I’d anticipated. In fact, the whole experience was quite relaxing that I almost dozed off on the dental chair!
Now looking back, why had I put it off for months and months? Not surprisingly, my procrastination was largely to do with fears – fear of the unknown, fear of what if’s and fear of all the ridiculous unfounded worst scenarios I told myself. The next question which I’m more interested in is: What was the thing that prompted me to make that phone call eventually? The quick answer is: I was not self-motivated enough till the pressure started to mount and the pressure came from a sense of urgency driven by the deadline, commonly known as if you don’t use it, you lose it. This notion has left me wondering if setting a tangible time frame could reduce the likelihood of inaction or even better increase the chances of action. As the year draws to a close, most of us will probably think of making new year’s resolutions. The challenge for me personally is how to make them stick. Knowing who I am and what I’m good at and not good at, I’ll be trialing something new instead, I call it new month’s resolutions. It means taking smaller steps towards smaller goals in a relatively shorter time limit… I’ll welcome 2018 in 12 segments!