I’m going to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens tonight because, as I may have mentioned once or twice, I’m a huge nerd. I really, really hope it’s good.
The title of this post comes from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, which you probably already knew. It’s the scene where Yoda tells Luke to lift his X-Wing out of the swamp with the Force. Luke says he’ll try, and Yoda bites his head off.
“No! Try not! Do, or do not! There is no try!”
That’s one if the keys to succeeding at weight loss, or at any other goal. How many times, after all, do we say something like “I’ll try to lose weight”, or “I’m trying to learn to dance”, or “I’m trying to find a better job”?
These statements are self-defeating. They build doubt into the goal, and give you the option of not succeeding. Because the correllary to I’ll try” is “but it might not work”. And to your brain, that implicit “it might not work” is no different than “it won’t work”.
“I don’t believe it,” Luke said, after Yoda lifted the X-Wing. Yoda’s response to that was “And that is why you fail.”
Recast your statements. You are losing weight. You are learning to dance. You will find a new job. It won’t change how much work you have to do, but it will change your attitude to that work. You’ll start to see the goal as possible and achievable.
And then you’ll still have to backpack a muppet through the swamp. Because a positive attitude is great, but you still have to put the work in if you want success.