No Try

“Do or do not – there is no try.” The character Yoda (Star Wars)

There is no try. Think about that for a moment – what happens when you “try” something? How far do you get? I’m willing to bet it’s not as far as you would get if you adopted Yoda’s sage advice of “do or do not” instead.

You see, when we eliminate the word try from our vocabularies, something magical happens in the Universe . . . and inside of us. New doors, new thoughts, new ideas open that we have chosen not to noticed before. Why does this happen? Simply because trying is not a commitment and your mind knows it. As a result, it keeps you stuck in the same spot because it knows you are not committed to the decision, to the action, to the idea, to the thought. It knows it can get away with being lazy and not fully engaged.

Let’s examine for a moment the meanings of try and do.

Try: tr1. To make an effort to do or accomplish (something); attempt: tried to ski. 2. To taste, sample, or otherwise test in order to determine strength, effect, worth, or desirability: Try this casserole. Try the door. 3. Law a. To examine or hear (evidence or a case) by judicial process. b. To put (an accused person) on trial. 4. To subject to great strain or hardship; tax: The last steep ascent tried my every muscle.

Do: d1a. To perform or execute: do ones assigned task; do a series of business deals. b. To fulfill the requirements of: did my duty at all times. c. To carry out; commit: a crime that had been done on purpose. 2. To produce, especially by creative effort: do a play on Broadway. 3a. To bring about; effect: Crying won’t do any good now. b. To render; give: do equal justice to the opposing sides; do honor to ones family. 4. To put forth; exert: Do the best you can.

Notice that the first definition of try is to make an affort to do or accomplish. In other words, to try is to really not commit to something – you might make an effort, but it’s only a test or a sample. On the other hand, to do something means you’ve committed to perform, to produce, to fulfill the obligation, to carry it out.

If you’re stuck right now in any area of your life, I encourage you to examine the thoughts behind it. Are you only trying or are you really committed? Is it truly a desire or is it only a test?

There is a difference between try your best and do your best. I trust you can see it now.


This article is just the beginning of what’s possible and though I’ve condensed it down into an easy to read and follow dialogue, it certainly isn’t a complete course. If you’ve enjoyed this article and would like more in depth information on this subject, consider purchasing a copy of my upcoming book “Everlasting” due out in Spring 2006. To be included on my advance notice list, please send me your name and email address and I’ll make sure to let you know the minute it’s available.

Thank you!

Blessings for our greatest good,
Annie Anderson

Annie Anderson is a life coach, writer/designer and investor.
You can find out more about Annie and her work by visiting her
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All rights reserved. Copyright 2006 Golden Pearls Publishing.


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