Three Letter Words
Written by Wally Amos
There is one three letter word that I refuse to use. That word is “try.” If I had my way, it would be removed from the English language.
When we use the word “try,” even in our heads, we’re giving ourselves unconscious permission to fail. Leaving the door open for failure means we don’t have to take responsibility for that failure. After all, we tried, right? Wasn’t that enough? Beyond childhood we no longer get bonus points for “trying.”
So stop trying and start doing. Stop saying, “I will try,” and start saying, “I will do.” But the job doesn’t stop there, because once you have set your mind to do a thing you have to take responsibility for it. Once you have done this, you will be surprised at how easy it is to accomplish something that you thought was impossible.
Now, that doesn’t mean that you will never fail. Failure is something that comes with the territory. But don’t give yourself permission to fail before you even start. Give yourself permission to succeed, and you will succeed. Maybe not the first time. Maybe not even the second time. But each crisis you get through makes you stronger. With each mistake, you learn something that will prevent you from making that mistake again. The secret is to not give up. Just keep moving forward. Keep “doing” and one day you will discover that what once seemed impossible has now been accomplished.
All day long, every day, we are presented with choices. We can HELP life happen or we can HOPE life will happen. It’s up to you. To HELP is to be proactive.
Are you a can-do person? Have you ever surprised yourself by doing something you didn’t think you could do?