“Do or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda
Avid Star Wars fan or not, you will be hard pressed to find anyone who is not familiar with the iconic legend that is Yoda, let alone one of his most famous phrases. But what exactly, is the cute little green guy trying to say? And is there a philosophy to his words of wisdom?
Yoda has long been one of the favoured Star Wars characters, possibly because of his syntactic manner of speech, but probably more because, contained within his backwards prose, are little life lessons that we can all serve to benefit from.
Yoda, Master Jedi, is a wise soul whose years of experience mastering the Force have taught him some pretty remarkable philosophies, ones which can easily translate into our day to day lives.
While he has many great teachings, one of the most notable and compelling is contained within the statement, “Do or do not. There is no try.”
But how is it that such simple words can pack such a powerful punch of wisdom?
More often than not, the mightiest of mantras are found in the simplest of phrases. In being short and sweet, not only do they become something that we will not soon forget, but they become open to interpretation, allowing us to delve deeper into the philosophic nature behind the words so that we can forge our own life lesson from them.
The straightforward interpretation of this particular Yoda enlightenment is that we need to choose whether we are going to do something or not; we should not half-commit by merely trying. If we go into any task with the mentality that we are going to try to do it, we are already telling ourselves that we are not sure if we can do it. By approaching it differently, and going in with the mindset that we are going to do this, we are subconsciously committing to it in entirety, as opposed to simply attempting it.
To expand on Yoda’s words even further, when we have a goal that we want to achieve, we need to go all in and keep fighting, no matter how difficult the struggle may be at times. We need to not only commit to it fully, win or lose, we must persevere until we see it through to the end.
At the end of the day, what matters most is that we not only choose our goals, but that we go all out to reach them. Never give up, and never just try.
What are your thoughts on this particular Yoda philosophy? Do you believe that his understanding of the Force can teach us to become wiser as well?