Happy Wednesday everyone! As January is a time of goal setting and getting organized, I want to share my husband, S’, favourite quote. “Do or do not. There is no try.” – this is an infamous quote by Yoda (likely written by George Lucas) in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.
Many times, I have said to S, “I will try and do ______” and he would say the quote to me (in a Yoda voice, most of the time). While you might not think I would take him seriously (in the Yoda voice), the message is clear: You either do it or don’t do it. The worse thing is to do is say you’ll try to do it and mediocrity prevails.
An underlying message is that you should be more confident in your actions. If you don’t want to do it or unable to, say “no”. Don’t say “yes” or that “you’ll try”, to be nice as otherwise, you appear to be unreliable or untrustworthy.
If you are going to do it, get it over with and (just) do it. No excuses and no procrastinating. The longer you wait, the more likely you won’t do it or you will and the results turn out terribly and don’t reflect your usual level of quality of work. You end up disappointing others and yourself.
This quote can be applied to any aspect of your life and the more likely you adopt this philosophy, the better chance you are happy with yourself and your decisions.
I can be guilty of “trying” and I will stop. Another unofficial goal of 2016. Will you join me and stop as well? Do it, or don’t do it. Commit either way.
I love it and yes I WILL join you. I couldn’t help myself, I read the quote in my Yoda voice! I will be writing this simple little gem of a quote down. Thanks for sharing.
Excellent! I have some quotes in my office but also need to write down more that inspire me. These Words of Wisdom Wednesday are helping me get those in order.
LOVE this Yoda quote! It’s easy to get in “try” mode- thanks for the reminder to get out there and DO!
You’re right, easy to try, harder to just do it.
I love this. I have gotten into the habit of not saying “try”.It has not been easy but I am better for it.
Every step is a journey and if you’re aware of your actions, the more likely you are to succeeding!