What’s Your Catchphrase?

Hats off, to the amazing Yorkshire Rows team who completed their herculean challenge this week to become the oldest crew (men or women) to row the 3000 nautical miles across the Atlantic Ocean, or across any ocean, come to that!  Fantastic!

“It’ll be fine” they told themselves during training and planning and fundraising, while at the same time working full time and looking after their families, and no doubt they told themselves again at every sticky situation that faced them during their feat.  And as it turns out, it was fine.

(You can read more about the challenge here https://www.taliskerwhiskyatlanticchallenge.com/the-teams/yorkshire-rows/ )

Once again I feel humbled by the sheer determination and resilience of people when faced with a challenge, whether it’s a challenge they have chosen or one that came unexpected, out of nowhere.

The story got me to thinking about the phrases we use (or are told) to help us through stuff all our lives.  “Everything comes to those who wait”, my mother always told me.  And I believed her for much of my life; waiting patiently for years for things to hopefully, one day, fall into place.  I don’t go for that one now.  No.  Now I know there’s no use in waiting.  “Time and tide wait for no man” is mine now.

If you want something, you’ve got to focus, get yourself out there and work hard and re-focus and work until you get it – Like the Yorkshire Rows team.

“It’ll be fine” doesn’t mean leave it to chance and hope everything will work out, it means we’ve planned and trained and worked our socks off.  We’ve done everything we possibly can to make sure,”it’ll be fine”.

What’s your catchphrase?