“Do or Do Not: There is No Try.”

Wise Jedi (and yogi?) Yoda offers advice that transcends time, space, & your feelings about science fiction.

As modern yogis, sometimes we find inspiration in unusual places. So: Happy (belated) Star Wars Day!*

Have you ever felt that, despite your best efforts, your commitments to yourself just don’t lead to the results you’re looking for? The problem may be in your self-talk. Do any of these sound familiar?

“I’ve been trying to eat more mindfully.”

“I try to practice regularly.”

“Today, I’ll try to be compassionate to others.”

What could possibly go wrong when you’re trying so hard? I’m a firm believer in the power of language. Yoda said it best:

“Do or do not. There is no try.”

-Yoda. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

When you “try”- what are you really saying? “I’ll make an attempt, but this may not work.” “I’ll put in some effort, but…”

Trying gives you an out. It’s a half-hearted way of approaching life. It has an escape-hatch built in- “Oh well, it was worth a try.”

This week, challenge yourself to stop trying and just do.

“I will eat mindfully.”

“I will practice regularly.”

“Today, I will be compassionate to others.”

Getting rid of the wishy-washy language can have a major effect.  Make the mental shift and know that even when you fail- you’re still doing. There’s nothing wrong with less-than-perfect results. What matters is your whole-hearted commitment to them.

Where have you been lacking commitment? Where can you stop “trying” today? Please leave a comment and let me know your thoughts!

*While it may seem a bit silly to link Star Wars and yoga, I am not at all the first one to do so. See this fun art by artist Rob Osborne, and here’s an interesting piece by Steven J Rosen on the connections between Star Wars and the Gita… or, you can just Google “Yoga and Star Wars” and watch the afternoon fly by. People are very creative. 

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