Thursday, April 30, 2015

There is no try

"Do or do not. There is no try."

How many times over that this quote have been repeaby other ecially with Star Wars fans. Yoda represents the wise master, and as we all suspected the character's creation was most probably inspired by eastern phiconsciousness s hy.

Why? Why is it can't you "try" but must "do"? "Tryiworld ng" implies that there will be failure. You are already afraid of the future that hasn't happened. So your mind is already cluttered with many things and distract you from the task at hand.

I do not really know a word in Japanese that literally parallels the word "try", maybe I'm not well informed enough. In my Japanese language class I was taught to use the word "yatte-miru" (やって見る) which literally means "do then see". So it is not literally "try" but used as such. So culturally, the Japanese are expected to do it first and worry about the results later. The worries of failure should not be there.

Another word that they frequently use is "ganbaru" (頑張る) which equates to something to "giving it my all" or "do my best". You could also say something like "ganbatte-miru" (頑張って見る), "I'll do my best and then see". You could so these compound verbs in Japanese.

Yatte-miru is more common while ganbatte is more towards doing a significant task. The don't say "I'll try my best" but instead "I'll give it my all"... Failure has not happened yet and it should not be an option so I shall not think nor worry about it.

Such culture shall affect the psyche of a person even if it is only mere words. The mindset is there to "do" instead of "try".

But what is the significance of this to training or achieving your goals?  It has something to do with "isshin" (一心), one mind, and "mushin" (無心), no mind. You are doing things whole heartedly, putting all your heart/mind into it (isshin) not broken up by other things such as failure and success, not worried about the past nor the future, not letting anything affect you yet being aware of everything, a higher level of consciousness (mushin). 

So just do... 

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