I love this statement from Yoda. If we just try, we don’t really put our heart into it. We demonstrate that we don’t have enough passion for the subject and are likely to give up before finishing. If you really want something, you just have to do it, no matter how hard. Unfortunately, goals are generally always hard to reach. A consequence of reaching a goal might be a change of a daily routine, of a favorite activity, and so on.
I believe we all frequently tend to try things instead of just doing them. For example, I tried to study Spanish already a few times in the past, but after just a few weeks my motivation vanished every single time. Why is that? First of all, there is no actual need for me to speak Spanish. I don’t live in a Spanish country and I don’t actually know anyone from Spain, Mexico, etc.. My main motivation was just always that I like the language and that I would like to be able to speak more than two languages. I still would like to speak more languages (Spanish and Russian in particular), but I’m just facing the facts: I don’t have time right now. There are things that are more important and also more urgent. Also, the goal: ‘Learn a new language’ is quite big. It’s not an easy task that can be done within a few weeks or even months. Since I’m not particularly good in learning languages, it would take me a few years to learn a new one. Instead, ‘I’ll master Aurebesh and will read articles in Aurebesh effortlessly’ is a way easier task and quicker to reach. I won’t try learning Aurebesh. I’m simply doing it. I’ll continue studying till I’m fluent. As soon as learning a new language becomes truly important to me, I’ll have to split this goal in smaller more manageable tasks (e.g. I’ll master numbers and the alphabet; I’ll be able to go grocery shopping in Spain without having to look up the dictionary for any of the food items on my list; …)
To be honest, I frequently have goals that I don’t fully commit to. I start something but don’t finish it. I think that’s just part of being human and I also believe that there’s nothing wrong about it as long as ‘not finishing what started’ doesn’t become a way of living. I guess that means I don’t completely agree with Yoda after all. For me the sentence is more along the lines ‘Do. Or do not. But there is always also try.’. For the most part, I don’t consider it a big fail when I don’t finish something as long as I figure out the reason and the consequences. Was I unrealistic with respect to the time-frame? Have my interests changed? Have I set my priorities incorrectly? Did I spend too much time gaming, relaxing, etc.? No matter what the reason, it’s good to know why I failed since that helps me to correct my goals and fix issues. I try not to make myself down just because I didn’t reach a goal (and yes, I know I just used the word ‘try’). For example, maybe I played too many games on the PC because I just needed relax time. I might have been over-disciplined for weeks and I then got the pay back. My lesson would then be to plan for more breaks and ‘lazy times’.
At the end, there are things I’m trying to do (like learning Spanish), but there are also things I’m just doing (like studying Aurebesh). There will be a time, when I’ll just simply stop trying and actually do study a new language, but that time has not come yet. If you tried something and failed, find out why. As soon as you’re convinced that something is very important to you, you’ll stop trying and actually do it.