I heard the titled phrase from an acquaintance who happens to also be a teacher. It struck me as an easy “go to” phrase to keep tucked away and ready to pull out when you need a little motivation.
How you treat yourself and what you say to yourself makes a titanic impact on your productivity in both your personal and professional life. Check it out: Take the example of being at work and your boss asks you to perform a task. She wants to hear you respond that you will “do” the task rather than simply “try” to get it done.
It’s the same when it comes to getting any personal goal accomplished. Self-talk and the words you choose makes a big difference in your overall perspective. It reminds me of a few episodes I’ve seen on “My 600 Ib. Life.” There is always one patient who will say they are “trying” to stand up and get out of bed. Then there are those that just do it. Even after gastric bypass surgery, Dr. Nowzaradan will make every attempt to motivate that challenging patient to “do” rather than just “try.” But, their bad eating habits continue. Some refuse to try to even stand up and walk, claiming they “can’t,” although the doctor knows they can because he’s worked on numerous patients that have done it.
Not everyone likes that show because they might find it a little depressing and, honestly, gross. But, I love the show because I can understand what it’s like to want to escape. Many people numb themselves and use a variety of things to do so, not just alcohol or drugs, but technology, the Internet, video games, watching too much TV, sex, over-exercising, and even overindulgence on healthy foods. Yes, the latter is an actual thing. Orthorexia Nervosa is an obsession with eating healthy.
You get where I’m going with this. Too much of anything can be a bad thing. The important thing to remember is that when you want to kick a bad habit or reach a goal, you have to just “do” rather than simply “try.”
The Bottom Line:
We can make a million excuses and even blame other people or circumstances or even our upbringing. But ultimately the onus is on us. Taking personal responsibility is the first step in being a doer versus being someone who says they’re “trying,” only to continue to repeat past mistakes. When you simply “try,” you end up taking one step forward and three steps back.
If you do fall, get back up and don’t give in. But, let’s look ourselves in the mirror today and ask one question: Which verb will I choose? Will I choose to “try” or “do?”
Maybe Nike is right: We should, “Just Do It!”