"No. Try not. Do… or do not." There is no try. A lesson from The Grand Master Himself...YODA

In the Star Wars movies, Yoda was my favorite. Such sass coming from that odd little guy. And so much wisdom. Oh my. He was so weird. And so cool.

I heard this little gem come forth from the giant screen for the first time when I was 17 years old. I have since come to understand what an amazing and freeing concept it actually is.


Luke: Master, moving stones around is one thing. This is totally different.

Yoda: No. No different. Only different in your mind. You must unlearn what you have learned.

Luke: All right, I'll give it a try.

Yoda: No. Try not. Do… or do not. There is no try.

At first glance, this may seem a little harsh. Just do it, right? We tell ourselves that we can’t just do it. We need to TRY to do it. I remember feeling a little sorry for Luke Skywalker. I mean, come on. What is wrong with trying anyway?

Well. Freeing ourselves from trying and allowing ourselves to either “Do or not do,” is actually quite freeing. Freedom that frees us up from our stuck kinds of ways and propels us into much higher ways of living life. Where intentionality comes into play. Where we go after impossible dreams. Because we discover that “TRYING” is not very useful. Where DOING and NOT DOING is just part of life and that’s o.k.

Where does this leave us, you might be asking?

It leaves us where we can act. Without the pity party that sometimes shows up when we don’t accomplish our goal.

Where we can act intentionally in doing what we are set out to accomplish. And when we miss the mark, it’s not a problem. We just pick our little selves up off the ground and DO again. Until we get it DONE.

No need to wear, “WELL. At least I was TRYING,” on our sleeves. When we learn to stop making ourselves wrong for not hitting the mark, then we can simply just stay in the game. And DO.

And DO.

And DO.

And DO.

Until we reach the goal that we have set for ourselves. And when we get there, it totally rocks.

And in the doing, we learn. We grow. We stretch. We learn how to do things and how not to do things. And we have so much self-discovery in the process, to the point where the journey becomes the preferred path.

And when we accomplish what we have set out to accomplish. Yay.

And then we get to say, NEXT?

Truly, in life, what does “TRYING” look like anyway. We either do something or we don’t. We fool ourselves when we say we are “TRYING.” I  think we use that word simply because time passes in our doing and it feels good to tell ourselves things like, “At least I’m TRYING.” (There is a hint of victim mentality going on there if you really take a good look.)

How about we let go of the word “TRYING” and simply own that we are in the process of DOING. When we miss the mark, just stop and clean it up and DO again.

No big deal.

Sue NelsonComment