The Difference Between Trying and Doing

by Michael Hyatt  
December 26, 2011
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here’s an instructive scene in the Star Wars movie, The Empire Strikes Back.
Yoda is instructing Luke Skywalker in how to use the Force. He asks
Luke to retrieve his disabled spaceship out of a bog where it has sunk,
using only his mind.

Luke, of course, thinks this is impossible. Sure, he has been able to
move stones around this way. But a spaceship? That’s completely
different. Or is it.

Yoda patiently explains that it is only different in his mind. Luke reluctantly agrees to “give it a try.”

Yoda famously says, “No. Try not. Do. Or do not. There is no try.”

Recently, I watched Tony Robbins
[Warning: rough language] give similar advice to a woman who was
struggling in her marriage. She stood up in one of his seminars to ask a
question. She complained that she had “tried everything” to improve her
relationship with her husband but nothing had changed.

Tony went on to make a distinction that I think is vitally important. He asked the woman to try to pick up the chair she was sitting in. She turned around and picked up the chair.

Tony said, “No, you picked it up. I said try to pick it up.”

The woman looked confused. Tony reiterated, “Try to pick it up.” The woman just stood there, not knowing what to do.

Tony continued, “No, now you’re not picking it up. I said try to pick it up.” Again, she picked up the chair.

Again, Tony, said, “No, you picked up the chair. I asked you to try and pick it up. You either pick it up, you don’t pick it up, or you try to pick it up.”

The point is that when we say we are trying we don’t really
have to do anything. It also provides us with an excuse for why we
didn’t accomplish the outcome we say we want.

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