Good luck with that.

I was doing my regular thing this morning – scrolling though twitter, drinking coffee…when it hit me – a statement so inconsequential – and inherently harmless, yet always grates in my ear (or eye) when I hear (or see) it.

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“Good Luck!”

Okay, I know this makes me sound crazy, because who doesn’t like luck? Really. And this rant, as it was piecing together in my mind, brought back memories of my treadmill/dreadmill rant – as something that I know does not really have a right or wrong – and there are many reasons people utter that statement, but, I just HAD to get it out.

…anyone still reading?

Hah. Okay, let’s start at the beginning. “Good luck” – in itself – is nice. Harmless. Friendly, even. But the “Good luck” that I am referring to, it’s the utterance made by many when sending well wishes to someone setting out to accomplish something like, oh say, a half or full marathon.

The reason why it just – doesn’t sit well – is simple: it sounds like you are insinuating that they NEED luck to complete their goal. I KNOW, I KNOW, they probably DO NOT mean it, but that’s what I hear, and that’s why I always try to send other words of encouragement, like:

  • “You’ve got this.” / “You go, girl, (or guy/person)”
  • “Hay’s in the Barn” / “Gas is in the Tank” (as in, your training is done, now show the world what you can do)
  • “Rock it!” / “Do it to it.” / “Crush it.”
  • “I believe in you!”
More great motivation ;)

More great motivation šŸ˜‰

So, next time you are sending kind words to a runner – or even repeating mantras to yourself, think about the WORK – because that’s more valuable than LUCK any day šŸ˜‰

 

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3 thoughts on “Good luck with that.

  1. Interesting take.

    Though, to be honest, I feel like for things like marathons and half marathons, you do need some luck. I mean, yeah, you need to put in the work and believe in yourself and all that, but you also need a little luck too! There are things out of your control like the weather and just whether or not your body is having an on day.

    But I do agree that wishing someone luck does sort of take away from it being their accomplishment and kind of diminishes they work they did to get there.

    • I half agree šŸ˜‰ It’s not luck – those are variables that are not under your control! I really do believe that everything happens for a reason.

      • Ah, we’re different in that regard. I don’t see there being meaningful reasons for anything that happens. Things just happen. And I’m okay with that. I think it’s up to us to assign our own meaning to the things in our life and that happen to us.

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