“Do, or do not. There is no try.”
-Yoda, Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back
Before the the Baby Yoda craze on the Star Wars TV series The Mandalorian, and who is now known as Grogu, there was the original Jedi Master Yoda. If you were a fan of the first trilogy released in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s we first learned about Yoda in the movie The Empire Strikes Back. He was the Jedi Master that Luke Skywalker sought out to learn the Force from. During his Jedi training Luke was tested time and time again. In one particular scene when asked to do something that was difficult Luke said that he would try. Yoda stopped him in his tracks. He said, “No. Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try.” That was and still is one of the most memorable quotes and scenes in that movie.
One of the most difficult and hardest decisions for us all to make is moving from just trying something to actually doing something. In my mind when we are trying something our mind is still unsure of how things will actually turn out for us: will it all go well or will it not; we are more or less unsure. I also think when we just try, our efforts may not always portray to ourselves and to others that we are truly “all in.” In a sense we are just dipping our one toe in the water to check the temperature and if it is safe to go in. When we decide to just do something, we just jump into the water with both feet and whatever the results will be, we will deal with it and adjust accordingly. This doesn’t mean we don’t analyze potential solutions before doing something but we don’t hesitate either. which when we do fear and self-doubt have the tendency to grow. As I have often said before, we cannot wait for that right moment or that right opportunity all of the time because if we are overly cautious we might just miss that opportunity. We need to trust ourselves, our skillsets and just go out there and do it. We’ve got nothing to lose.
What does this quote mean to you and how can you apply today’s message towards developing your responsible decision making skills?