In honour of National I Forgot Day
The definition of “forget” is to inadvertently neglect to attend to, do, or mention something… neglect, fail or omit.
There are two rules of thumb to forgetting: Firstly, the strong desire to forget something, someone, an event or experience; Secondly, the unintentional forgetting to do or mention something. Neglect, fail, or omit doesn’t always fall under the forget category; sometimes it is a result of procrastination or failure to recognize the task as something of importance.
We all know what it is like to blunder or make a mistake and the strong desire to forget that immediately follows. Why it is so easy to forget something at home or forget to pick something up but so hard to forget a bad experience? Certain things we long to remember – others we long to forget. According to Dr. Eric Leuthardt “The reason for this is our ability to forget about it. We forget not because we have an imperfect hippocampus (our brain’s memory organ); it’s actually an evolved solution. The ability to lose information allows new information to come in that is more relevant, more pertinent to an ongoing reality. Forgetting allows us to update”.
That all seems fine and dandy for the things we want to forget, but what about the things we need to remember or correcting absentmindedness? Things like remembering where the car keys are, or what was on the grocery list you forgot at home, your last client’s name? These are all things we tend to forget even though they are considered somewhat important to us. Sure over the years we learn tips and tricks to helping us remember such as write it down, word association, repeat, pay attention or create a routine; however, sometimes even these tips are not enough to keep us from forgetting. I sometimes chalk this up to brain overload. Today, most of us have so much going on which results in becoming forgetful or neglectful.
Often without intention we forget the importance of education. The importance of updating ourselves on the latest trends and techniques available to help us increase our service repertoire and our service dollars. Even though foot care is becoming more of a lifestyle than a trend, how many of our customers still want the basic feel good style of service instead of a results-driven service? Sometimes they forget the importance of keeping the feet healthy and opt for the pretty polish and massage. CMPs (Certified Master Pedicurists™) know there is more to the pedicure than pretty polishes and massage. They do not let their clients forget the importance of proper foot care, nor do they forget to continually update and educate themselves on the latest techniques.
To become a CMP check out the NASP class schedule and registration page. To find a CMP check out the CMP Finder page.
Don’t forget or neglect your feet or education!
Vicki Malo MBA, BScPod
North American School of Podology