Updated: Mar 6, 2020
Cliches are often maligned, but some of them actually have deep nuggets of wisdom in them. A few of our favorites are:
#6 All work and no play, makes Jack a dull boy.
#5 An idle mind is the devil's playground.
#4 An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
#3 If you chase two rabbits, both will escape!
#2 If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all.
#1 Where there's a will, there's a way.
Read them, no seriously, read them. Take a pause and think about what they are saying. It may be obvious and apparent, but funnily, what’s often missed in life is the obvious and apparent!
Try keeping these nuggets in mind and use them when you are faced with decisions in your daily life.Try it as an experiment for a week. By doing this, you are making a conscious effort to apply and test the insights these cliches hold...and when you experience the true power of these sayings...you will understand why people say, old is gold!
The above exercise will give you an understanding of what a consciously competent mind feels like. You are aware, you are making conscious efforts in applying something, and you are observing the results of the entire process. This state of mind is very imperative for all of us to get a reality check on our own behavior, our strengths, weaknesses, frame of mind, prejudices, emotions, evaluations, and the most powerful of all: insights!
Congratulations, you are now holding your own mirror. Independent, aware, conscious of where you are competent and where you need help. And that’s when you are ready for coaching!!