*my* personal catchphrase
What feels like a lifetime ago I wrote about how I’m not a fan of quotes.
And yet, to my surprise, over the years I’ve shifted my perspective and am thisclose to becoming a lover of the inspirational musings.
You’ll never find me making a quote-board on Pinterest, but I can now see how many of you glean motivation & inspiration from other people’s words.
Have I mentioned lately how much I adore movies?
A tad too wordy for a catchphrase.
Something, perhaps, the Child and her Squad could create and harness its power to motivate/inspire each time they utter it.
But I’m getting ahead of myself…
What are personal catchphrases and why are they powerful?
- Personal catchphrases are used in writing (print & movies/TV). These repetitive phrases provide readers/viewers insight into precisely who a character is and what motivates her.
- Personal catchphrases should be words which spark us to take action. (consider this foreshadowing to my re-harnessing the power of the catch phrase S.L.A.P.)
- Personal catchphrases need to feel and sound natural when emerging from our mouths. (Ahh the awkward “That’s so FETCH!!” attempt. We loved ye!)
- Personal catchphrases should be optimistic and positive. (Remember You can do it—we can help! I loved that line. It was optimistic and reminded me I wasn’t alone. I was always glad they could help. I always needed their help.)
- Personal catchphrases should be used. (liberally and judiciously if there exists such a thing.)
- Personal catchphrases should possess the power to change your outlook and improve your life. They should be so motivating simply saying them turns your day around (I have no scientific proof of this fact).
I love this one. It felt verbose…
By way of illustration (and practicing what I wanna preach for the child) I’ve decided to return to the catchphrase of S.L.A.P.
S.L.A.P., an acronym for sounds like a plan, is something which, if I use each time I encounter a challenge *or* when encouraging others to break through barriers, will serve to spark action.
S.L.A.P. as a personal catch phrase is positive. It will keep me/others I’m hoping to help move forward inspired to seek solutions.
S.L.A.P. implies, as I believe all good personal catch phrases should, there exists a solution to any roadblock we’re facing. There now exists a PLAN.
S.L.A.P. is something where, if I heard it said back to me or used in a blog post, it would cause me to pee my pants in delight.
In a way my S.L.A.P.’ing is no different than my choosing a favorite personal mantra or quote.
It’s just more terse, applicable in all situations, and reveals I’m completely Gretchen & kinda hoping the Child starts using it, too.
- From blog tagline to workout mantra: do you possess a personal catch phrase?
- If you don’t–what might your phrase be & how would it provide insight into who you are and what motivates you?