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Is the Word “Try” the most Deceptive Word in the dictionary?

November 28, 2013 - Updated: November 28, 2013

The word "try" has to be the worst word ever created. It's not often that I say I hate something, as "hate" is a strong word, I  dislike a lot of things but I do hate the word "try." It's fair to say that I despise it. 


Most people find comfort from within when they say "I tried" what they don't realize is that they are setting themselves up for failure. Yet it brings them comfort in knowing they gave it their all. But have they really given their all? Trying is a way out, it's quitting, it's finding comfort in not being able to achieve personal goals. When people fail it helps knowing that they tried, what they don't see is that it's another word for an excuse. Subconsciously no one could admit to themselves that creating an excuse is a way of failing at achieving a goal, so they remind themselves and believe that trying was good enough in finding comfort when failing. Yoda the character from Star Wars said it best "There is no try,  you either do or you don’t” Who ever would have thought that watching Star Wars as a kid that the most influential lesson came from Yoda. 


There are no three words in the English language that are more deceptive, both to the person who says them and the person who hears them. Stay away from “I will try.”


As you read this I'm positive that most will be asking what does this have to do with buying real estate? That's fair a question,  it has a lot to do with buying a first home that most thought was out of reach or an investment property that some think is impossible due to other financial responsibilities. This is about achieving a goal! 


I attended a Richard Robbins event today and I don’t usually attend real estate or any other type of motivation type seminars but the message that was being repeated over and over again was you can achieve anything if you just change your train of thought! It's that simple! The seminar is geared more the Realtor and not the consumer but I had to write this post because I took the message and applied it towards the consumer with the power of belief. 


Setting goals and writing your goals down is a great first step, the next step is to share these attainable goals with others, this will help you become accountable in attaining the goal. 


Here is an example of how to focus on a specific goal;


People who are serious about losing weight write their goal as follows; I will lose 10 pounds in 30 days. Did you notice how the goal was written with a attainable number plus its written in a specific form. 


People who fail at losing weight would write there goal as follows; I want to lose weight this month.


It makes perfect sense, being specific when envisioning a goal and being accountable is the secret to success. 


Another great tip for success is doing the boring little things day in and day out. It’s a simple exercise that all successful people practise. 


Successful people do not try, they just do it! I did myself a favour as I dropped the word “try” from everyday practise and I’m proud to say that I have seen a huge positive difference in my life.

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