Fitness Friday: The Difference Between Trying and Doing

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“No. Try not. Do. Or do not. There is no try.” -Yoda to Luke Skywalker in The Empire Strikes Back

I am not a Star Wars fan, however, this quote has been a reoccurring mantra for me these last few weeks. So, I decided to add some context to Yoda’s words of wisdom. What I learned is that in this scene of the film, Yoda is teaching Luke Skywalker how to use the Force, (that in itself is a message) and he’s been able to. He’s moved stones with his mind, but, when Yoda instructs Luke to retrieve his spaceship out of its sunken place using only his mind he hesitates. For Luke, it’s impossible. Yeah, moving a couple rocks sure, – ain’t no thang… but a spaceship? Nah, that’s different! So, reluctantly he agrees to “give it a try.” That’s when Yoda drops this jewel and says, “No. Try not. Do. Or do not. There is no try.”

 I began recognizing a pattern, the way I’ve been thinking about myself wasn’t helping me get anything accomplished. When describing myself, I would tell people that I had a tendency to start things but not finish. Or, that I have great ideas, but, I just can’t seem to implement them 100%. Those are not nice things to say about yourself. Yet, this is what I was speaking about my own life. That’s when I started to notice that whenever I said I would try something more often than not I didn’t commit or I easily walked away from it leaving it unfinished after hitting the first stumbling block. However, when I said,  “I’m just going to get ‘it’ done.” That resolve to just do it always had a positive impact.
Okay, so what’s the point that of all this? It hit me this morning after I recorded my Snapchat video so I just wanted to share my light bulb moment. The fallacy in trying is that we really don’t have to do anything. It’s a scapegoat excuse for why we don’t finish things we said we wanted to.

If I ask you to try a bite of something you’re eating, do I contemplate the ways in which I could eat it?  No, I don’t – I just maybe, after a timid sniff, put it in my mouth and start chewing.

Try this exercise by Dr. Susan E. Mazer:

Look at the pencil or pen on your desk.

Now, pick it up. (Seriously, pick it up!)

Now, put it down. (Yes, really put it down.)

Now, try to pick it up. Ooops! If the pen is your hand, you did pick it up.

You were only supposed to try to pick it up. Get it?

So, how do I suggest we go about reprogramming ourselves?
Keep reading to find out  my 3 suggestions to stop trying and to start doing! …Read More

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