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Our new house has a breakfast bar just after you walk in the front door, tempting you to drop anything you’re carrying as you enter the house. This area is quick to collect keys, magazines and toys, making it an eye sore to anyone walking in the door. It quickly became my mission to keep that counter clear.
It doesn’t sound too difficult since only two people in the house leave things there, yet for months; I failed to keep it clean.
I did all the right things. I articulated a positive end state, we agreed upon the benefits of it, and we committed to our new behaviors. I’m not saying I launched a full corporate change program at home, bit I tried hard. And I don’t want to brag or anything, but I’m a guy who does behavioral change for a living.
Did I mention that I failed — miserably?