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Do or do not. There is no try. – Yoda

April 2, 2014 by  
Filed under Blog, Quotes



This is one of my favorite quotes from the Star Wars Universe and is very applicable to daily living.   In Empire Strikes Back, Luke was trying to lift his X-Wing fighter out of the water on Dagobah.  He was unable to do it because he had doubts in his ability.  Yoda did not and was able to lift it out of the water and put it back on land.  Luke said he didn’t believe it, and Yoda told him this is why he fails. 

You may or may not be aware of this, but Yoda was actually modelled on Albert Einstein’s face.  You can see it when you look at Yoda from certain angles.  Maybe that is why we are drawn to him and his wisdom.

How many of us have not achieved a goal because we doubted our abilities and didn’t even try?  How many of us have reached for a goal and missed, and then doubted our abilities to reach future goals?  And how many of us have put in half-hearted efforts in trying to reach a goal, because we doubted our abilities, but felt guilty for not trying?  I am just as guilty as everyone else with this.  Even though we missed the goal, we grew as a person, even if we don’t realize it.  I have had to learn that even in business, when I don’t hit my goals, I have grown and improved by making the effort.  I have been disappointed, but in putting that disappointment in perspective, it can keep you from getting depressed and can serve at motivation to reach future goals. 

This idea can serve you well in both your personal and professional lives.  It can even serve you when you are trying to make improvements in your health, like with weight management or smoking cessation.  I can’t tell you how many people who have told me they couldn’t do something to improve their health because it was too hard.  That saddened me that they weren’t even willing to make the effort. 

When you put forth the effort, make the goal and reach it, it will bring you great joy.  I know it has in my life.  I encourage all of you to make your goals, and go for it.  Only you can stop you from reaching them.

To Your Health!

Dr. Harvey


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