The Power of Cliche-like Wisdom

The Power of Cliche-like Wisdom

By Jerry Posner, The Posner Group


“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

                   Leonardo DaVinci


Does profound, transformative wisdom have to be complicated, arcane and nebulous? 


I say no.


In 30 years of research and 20 years of teaching, I can say with reasonable certainty that for the most people, most of the time, the simple stuff works the best.


Simple stuff is easy to remember, easy to practice.  It often doesn’t take enormous effort to make small, smart changes that can have huge positive results.




If I “choose my battles wisely” will I battle less?  Would that be a good thing?


If I “think before I speak” will my relationships be smoother?  Will I be more likely to succeed in my career?


If I “make my choices based on the outcomes I most desire” will I have better outcomes?  Will I have a greater chance of getting what I want, and being who I want to be?


If I keep a gratitude journal — also known as “Five Good Things” — (every day, write down five things in life that I’m grateful for), will I have a happier life?  Will I feel more grateful, more secure, more confident?  Will I be less annoying? (LOL)


Do clichés contain the most practical wisdom of all? 


Maybe so – if we REMEMBER those little sayings … repeat or reinforce them enough to affect our behavior, choices and habits … and thus, set into motion causes and effects that will really make a positive difference in life.


Why not?  It’s easy … can be fun … great cost/benefit ratio!


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