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.
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!”
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 😉