Friday, April 30, 2010

What do YOU think? #2 - Credit

Friday, April 30, 2010

"Do or do not...there is no try."

These words were spoken by Yoda, Jedi Master in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. Yoda was speaking to Luke Skywalker. Though I have never reached Master status in the Empire or anywhere else, I agree with Yoda.

It can be so easy to say we'll try to be less grumpy or more helpful or whatever. The trouble with trying to do something is that we have a built-in excuse if it doesn't work out. "Well, I tried. It's not my fault." Maybe not, but trying is not the same as doing. Trying can generate a sort of whiny feeling inside us, while doing engenders a feeling of strength...whether things work out or not.

If you want to change your attitude, then just do so. If you want to learn something new, get started. "Trying" is too tentative, and it can keep us from fully going after something. So listen to the Master: "Do or do not. There is no try."

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