This is a lesson you should have learned at a young age, especially if you were a Star Wars fanatic like I was. Not the new Star Wars which believe it or not I have not seen but the old school Star Wars where Luke uses the force to save Princess Leia. One of my favorite scenes holds one of my favorite quotes as well as one of my philosophies. In the Dagoba swamp, Master Yoda urges to young Skywalker to raise an X-Wing fighter with his mind. Luke responds with “I’ll try”, to which Yoda replies “Try not. Do or do not, there is no try”.
When you try something you are almost always going to set yourself up for failure as we use the word “try” in the sense that we are not sure if we can accomplish a task or not. Go ahead, try to lose 5 pounds because if you don’t think you can do it the sad truth is you probably can’t.
Even the definition of the word try is setting us up for failure:
Try (v.): 1. To make an effort to do or accomplish (something); to attempt.
The next step is to use it in the past tense like I tried to like the show Glee (I’m going to get a lot of crap for that one huh?) or I tried to get in shape. Aftter that comes the I tried on my clothes and they didn’t fit which will then come full circle back to I’m going to try to eat a pint of Ben and Jerry’s to feel better about myself.
Why not just do something? Mentally and verbally tell your self “I’ll do this” rather then “I’m going to try to do this”. Listen to Nike and “Just f***ing do it” already. Say I’m going to lift that X-Wing fighter (2nd reference) with my mind. I’m going to banish my body fat to Dagoba swamp. I’m going to get in the best shape of my life. I’m going to train for and smoke my boss in that company 5K.
Your mind is more powerful then you give it credit for. And like our minds, words can be just as powerful…or harmful. I’m not going to go off like a “power of the mind” guru but just realize that when you speak to yourself you are programming yourself for success or failure. Our subconscious mind (not unlike your significant other) takes these asignments literally, so it’s pretty important to give unambiguous assignments focused at the desired results.
Do you know what I tell myself everyday? Well, besides change your underware which has become pretty automatic. I tell myself to succeed, learn something new (anything), perfect a lift, and eat healthy. My goals are I will be the best trainer, I will own and operate a great facility, I will make a million dollars, and I will change the lives of millions. Now, do you want to work with someone like me or would you rather work with a trainer who will try to help you change?
We might not be a Jedi Knight like Luke and be able to lift crap like X-Wing fighters (3rd reference, I’m cool) with our mind but we CAN DO things. You can lose weight, you can master any lift or exercise, you can eat healthy and you can find time to workout. “Try not. Do, or do not, there is no try.”