Do, or do not, there is no try.

“Try lifting your arm, don’t actually lift it, just try to.” – Paul Bailey (not Yoda)

As soon as you say you will ‘try’ to do something, you are giving yourself a reason to fail. You are giving yourself the mind set, that you’ll ‘try’ but it probably won’t work.

Trying isn’t good enough. If you want to do something, then as Yoda said, “Do, or do not, there is no try”. Tweet this

Try means there is something that could stop you from achieving it. Focus first on what is the blocker, what will hold you back. Think about how to mitigate that hurdle. What can you do to reduce it’s chance to stop you, or remove it altogether?

If you do, and fail, at least you know that it didn’t work and there is probably another way. Doing and failing is not failure, it’s learning, not doing anything at all is the only way to fail.


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Paul Bailey

Paul is a highly experienced Business Coach, Mentor and Personal Development Specialist. He works with people to enhance business and personal performance through a process of supported self-awareness and self- development. Paul is the Co-Author of the book 80 Tips.