Do Or Do Not
Author: Byron Pulsifer
The best is yet to come. Have you ever heard this expression? It applies to more than you think. It is not just a marketing term, or a term reserved for an audience sitting and
waiting for the best entertainers to come on stage. Sadly, though, it is not an expression that everyone knows, or adopts as a way of life.
A Conversation Between A Dad and A Son
"What are you doing today?
"So what are you going to do today since you have the whole day to do whatever you want?"
"I don't know. Maybe I'll play a few video games, watch some movies, and go and hang out with my friends at the mall later."
"I thought you were going to apply for a couple of colleges since you just finished high school?"
"Na. I don't have the smarts - I just can't seem to get into the whole study thing."
"Well have you ever really studied the right way? I mean studied with no distractions, no music, no TV on, and dedicated a specific amount of time?"
"I've tried to do that but haven't been able to do it very often."
"Interesting. But, tried is not the same as doing it. You either do or you don't. You cannot get anything in life no matter what you do if you only try. Would you want to hire yourself if you only tried to do what you wanted to get done."
"I suppose not."
"Think about it. If you were hired to pile a bunch of product in a certain way and you only tried to do it but didn't, do you think you'd last very long at the job. I certainly wouldn't pay you very long if you didn't get the job done. There are lots of people to hire that CAN get the job done."
"Kinda mean aren't you?"
"That's not being mean; that's being truthful. Nobody wants to hire a person who just tries but can never get it done. If you are taught how to do something and know everything it takes to get the job done, and then only try but don't use your training, what contribution do you actually make - none. Might as well do the job myself."
"Suppose. That's the same thing as trying. Do you agree with me or not?"
"Yeah. I agree then."
"Okay. If you agree than you know the difference between trying and doing it. The same applies to studying. You either do it, or you don't. There is no try. You have the potential to make a life that you want instead of just wasting it playing video games, or watching TV, or just hanging out. What kind of future will you have if you just do things that are easy to do but really add nothing to your life?"
To repeat the wisdom said by Anne Frank many years ago, "Everyone has inside himself a piece of good news! The good news is that you really don't know how great you can be, how much you can love, what you can accomplish, and what your potential is!"
Life made is not a life tried. What you do through out a lifetime depends on your commitment to yourself, to your potential. If you really want to realize everything you can do, it means getting down to work not just pretending or making a few feeble attempts.
Forget The Try, Just Do
Each day you arise, is the start of a brand new time for you to actually advance the yardsticks of life. Just remember that a mountain is not taken down in one big scoop but is done by taking one small chuck away at time. The same methodology applies to anything that you may do.
The taking out the try and putting in the do does not have to be huge steps. It needs only be a positive step forward. The easiest way to look at any task is to break it down into little bits and by doing so, the little bits are now able to be gobbled up one bite at a time without thinking about all the little bits.
Inspirational Quotes for Reflection:
"It's not what you've got, it's what you use that makes a difference."
"There is no man living who isn't capable of doing more than he thinks he can do."
"Concentrate your energies, your thoughts and your capital. The wise man puts all his eggs in one basket and watches the basket."
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