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Don’t try

If you’re trying to do something, you’re struggling. If you’re trying to do something, you’re divided.

“I’ll try to make it up North to see you this summer”

“I’ll try to fix the garden shed next week”

“I’ll try to stop eating pork pies”

What an effort!

Notice the feeling in your body when you think or say any sentence involving the word ‘try’.

You may notice a tightness in your chest, discomfort in your belly, even a pain in your head.

The word ‘try’ contains tension, because you are setting yourself against yourself. Try tends to suggest:

“I’ll try – but I might fail”

“I’ll try – and it will be hard”

“I’ll try – in the future”

If you drop ‘try’, you’ll find any statement or thought has much more power:

“I’m coming to see you this summer”

“I’m going to fix the garden shed”

“I’m giving up pork pies”

Not that there’s anything wrong with pies. They’re a lot less harmful than ‘try’s!