Alrighty, who’s in for a nice healthy bet? 😉
You in? Ok, I bet you $2.50 the next 3 sentences will make you roll your eyes:
1. Live each day like it’s your last.
2. Don’t worry about what other people think.
3. You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.
Did you roll ’em? I nearly rolled mine just typing that! How cliché, right? I have probably heard those phrases at least 100 times each in my life!
Clichés are annoying … I guess. But now I’m going to bet you another $2.50 I can change your mind about that by the end of this post.
According the the Oxford Dictionary, a cliché is a “phrase or opinion that is overused and betrays a lack of original thought”. Now let’s apply that definition.
The meaning of the 3 aforementioned clichés can be generally summed-up as, “work hard at what makes you happy, every day“. Does that sound meaningful to you? Do you really think that because those phrases are “overused” and “lack original thought”, their meanings are diminished? Here’s what I propose: the reason clichés are used so often is because their meanings are incredibly important but the actions they call for are difficult and therefore rarely implemented.
If you ask your kid (or your boyfriend …) to wash the dishes after he or she uses them, but they still don’t bother, you’ll probably ask them a second time. And if a week goes by without them touching a dish, you’ll probably ask again. Is the question any less meaningful, or do you still just want them to wash the damn dishes?
My guess is the latter.
Now, how many people do you know who want to get out of their job and do something they actually enjoy? How many others do you know who want to have a better romantic relationship but don’t want to risk being single to find one? I know quite a few. And I’ve probably mentioned all 3 of those clichés to them. And if you know anyone who is living life completely on their own terms and doing things that make them happy, you probably wouldn’t go up to them and say, “Hey bro, don’t forget, you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take!”
Clichés are repetitive because their messages are important.
So next time someone tells you something you’ve heard a million times, take a second before rolling your eyes. What is the call to action? Have you implemented it in your life? Is it going to be hard but worth doing? Let’s try to make clichés a rarity, and most importantly, let’s live with “no ragrets”. 😉
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As always, Happy Monday 🙂
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