In the past week, I’ve heard about lots of folks trying to do lots of good things.
“I’m going to try to get back to the gym tomorrow.”
“I’m really trying to stick to this new diet.”
“This time, I’m trying really hard to change my habits.”
Even I admit to saying something like, “I’ll try to get to the grocery today.”
TRY (verb use): make an attempt or effort to do something.
Let’s be honest here; when we TRY to do something, we give ourselves the loophole to NOT get whatever it is done. We have an out.
As a kid, I recall one instance when “try” seemed really appropriate. Maybe you heard this when you were a kid too, and maybe you’ve said it to a youngster, or oldster. “Before we get in the car, you should try to go to the bathroom.”
That works. Just try.
In so many other instances, we must stop trying. It holds us back. We must simply DO.
DO: perform, accomplish, achieve, complete, finish, implement.
Practice saying the words out loud, about something you’d like to see happen in your life. See which version feels stronger and has the most positive impact on your psyche.
Here’s an example:
“I’m going to try to not eat snacks after dinner.” OR “After dinner, I’m done eating for the day.”
Speak the intention. Which version do you think is more likely to create the desired result?
Our words have great power, and it’s important to choose them wisely.
“Do. Or do not. There is no try.”– The Empire Strikes Back
If any of you are Star Wars fans, you’ll recognize this as Yoda’s most memorable quote. This is a line from the X-wing sequence on Dagobah, and the last instructions the Jedi Master gives Luke before he attempts to raise his fighter from the swamp. Yoda had consistently tried to teach Luke to focus on the present, and essentially, to grow up. In this moment, with these words, he makes it clear.
This is our reminder to commit oneself to something completely, win or lose.
Be bold. Go do, and stop trying.
Cheers to you,
“Do. Or do not. There is no try.”—Yoda, The Empire Strikes Back