Wednesday Apr 02, 2008

The Gauntlet Guarantee

Here’s a challenge from An Artist Empowered:

You must make it through an entire day, while conversing with others, without using these three common tick words: just, hope, and wish, or uttering a single cliche. I call them tick words because they are merely marking time, nothing more. If you’re unaware of abusing cliches, then your are (let’s use an apt one here) adding insult to injury.

The point of this exercise is this: prove the insidious power of social conditioning to yourself; from this insight, original work can begin.

Leave a comment, and let me know how you made out.

You got me. I could not do it.

And did you ever make your point.

Thanks again.

Posted by Victorino on 04/03 at 01:10 PM from New Jersey.

Yes. It’s a tough one.

Most of us are completely unaware of hardwired patterns and social conditioning.

Now, when you catch yourself uttering a tick word, you will feel this process at work—and, in turn, you will become more aware.

Posted by Eden on 04/03 at 08:09 PM.

In order of difficulty for me—just, hope, and then wish.

I didn’t think this test would this difficult—it’s like having a mental block.

Posted by Jon on 04/06 at 09:38 AM from NYC.

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