On December 6th, I’d posted about ‘Removing Try’ from my vocabulary. It’s close to 2 months now and I’m happy to report that I have only used the word ‘try’ about 5 times and always in the ‘Trying to reach you but unable to do so’ context on Skype. Never for escaping a do or do not verdict. I’ve had to check myself many many times, particularly when typing emails.
Consequently, I’ve said many more No’s, hardly any Maybe’s and more Yes’ than I’m comfortable with. As a result, I’ve missed a few appointments thanks to too many Yes’ but I’ve at least not been hiding under the ‘let’s try and make it happen’ excuse.’ There’s more of ‘Let’s make it work.’ And, while the execution is not perfect, I expect it will get there in due time. Deciding not to use ‘Try’ has been liberating.
My next such initiative is No Excuses. I really am sick of excuses. I hate receiving them and equally, hate giving them. They are an easy way to fill in the silence of disappointment from a superior, a friend or a family member. They are easy acts of self defence. But, like most things that are very easy, they aren’t right.
So, I hope to report back positively in a few months. As with try, I’m under no illusions of how difficult this might be because reaction is built in. Response takes self control and will power, which in turn are like muscles that gets stronger the more we flex them.
That said, I’m determined to do it. Let’s see how it goes.
‘Let the one who will move the world first move himself’ | Socrates
(I have quoted this one many times as one from Aristotle. I was corrected yesterday. And I stand corrected. Apologies for the wrong attribution. And Socrates, I hope you’ll forgive me. :-))