the Yoda philosophy.

“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?

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  1. mr.simpleman · November 7, 2015

    I live by this philosophy everyday 🙂

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  2. emily · November 7, 2015

    great post. yes the most important thing is the decision that we make. otherwise you may as well not try, as you said. If we are half-hearted about the decision to do something, then we are half-hearted about the outcome. I’ve met too many people like this, whose indecisions cost them so many things in life, like the joy and relief you get from deciding what to do, a kind of freedom in a way.

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  3. erinonphyre · November 7, 2015

    well said Emily, you are absolutely right! being indecisive can be far too easy, but maybe when we are, we should really step back and take a look at why we are. I feel like sometimes we try because we feel we have to. if our heart is not in it, then why even bother. move on to the things that you truly feel passionate about and focus on them, rather than miss an opportunity by going half-in on something else

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  4. PrettyFlower · November 8, 2015

    I adore this post. You did not try, you wrote. And it was good! I have a Yoda tshirt with the saying, “Size matters not.” More words of wisdom I think, so simple yet so weighty. Glad to have found your blog, I am!

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    • erinonphyre · November 8, 2015

      Ohhh, warms my heart this does! Thank you so much for the kind words ❤ Love that saying, what a great t-shirt! I love how something so simple can be so empowering 🙂

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  5. emily · November 8, 2015

    I think if you don’t don’t focus on the things you are passionate about, then you can waste a lot of time doing things you believe you’re obligated to do. It’s fine to try new things, but if your heart isn’t in it, then why waste precious time.

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  6. JoHanna Massey · November 8, 2015

    Excellent post. Thank you.

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