October 13

Words To Eliminate From Your Vocabulary – Try

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Keeping in line with the idea of “watching what we say”, I think in addition to the phrases we should eliminate, there are words we use that can be disempowering that we should stop using.
So I’ve started a list words that you should immediately eliminate from your vocabulary. Just as thoughts become things, words are a part of the creation process.


I think Yoda said it best in Star Wars when he was talking to Luke SkyWalker, “Do, or do not. There is no try.” It was interesting to find that until recently, the word ‘try’ didn’t exist in any other language that English.

One of the things that totally stinks about “trying” is that there’s no accountability associated with it.

It gives you a “way out” of everything.

For example:

  • If you “tried” something and it didn’t work (like start your own business) you can say, “I tried to start a business, but…”
  • If you want to weasel your way out of something (like going to a meeting) you could say,? “I’ll try to make it to the meeting.”
  • If you really didn’t put forth a real effort (like getting in contact with someone) you can say,? “I tried to call you…”

All just opportunities to avoid responsibility and accountability.

Not to mention that in the natural realm of things, “try” couldn’t exist

If you don’t believe me I’ll give you an example:? “Try” to clap your hands…go ahead (no one’s looking) Did you do it?

Well if you did, then you didn’t try, you actually did it.? If you didn’t clap your hands, you did put forth the effort… πŸ™‚

How about that?

Get rid of “try”

Do or do not!


Observations, Personal Development

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  1. Well I can really relate to the message it brings. As a web developer, there are things that clients want you to do at a given timeframe. Which sometimes seems impossible. Yet the only way out for you as well as for the client is to deliver a statement such as “OK. I will TRY to make the changes in a weeks time”. The word “TRY” here is a great modifier, as pointed by the author, it gives you an escape point incase things go wrong. When in reality everything should be in certain, either you can make it or you can’t. Maybe we can all just be certain and refrain from ever using the word “TRY”.


  2. So much for making excuses, huh? It’s like what’s in the bible, you either do or don’t, either you’re with Him or not. There’s no third party or third option, or semi-demis. I think this is a great blog that has to be reposted so everyone could be reminded about using non-commital words such as ‘try’.

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