If I had the chance to abolish one word from the English language, I wouldn't hesitate to give "trying" the ax. Trying to complete a task is just something that doesn't make sense to me. You either do it, or you don't.
If you're trying to do something, you're also giving yourself an easy out for an excuse. Here's what I mean by that:
- I'm trying to get into better shape, but I just don't have enough time.
- I'm trying to eat cleaner, but I'm not a good cook.
- I'm trying to workout more often, but my back keeps acting up on me.
As you can see, every time the word "try" or "trying" is used, an excuse follows. Sorry if this sounds harsh, but all three of the examples above are cliché excuses all fitness professionals have come across countless amounts of times. I can vouch for these because I've also used them all before. Here's the solution to each justification above.
- No time? You need to make time. Plain and simple. There's 168 hours in a week, you're telling me that you can't find 3 hours to ensure you live a healthier, more active lifestyle?
- You don't need to be a sous chef to make healthy meals. You also don't need to invest a ton of time or energy to eat clean. It's the 21st century, slow cookers, food processors, and a ton of other kitchen appliances make it easy to get the job done.
- If your body's in pain, there's a reason why. Pain is a signal, not an omen. Seek out a credible professional (coach, physical therapist, chiropractor, etc.) to help aid in cleaner movement and a pain-free lifestyle.
Now, keep in mind that you're not going to be successful with everything you do. Just because you eliminated the word "try" from your vocabulary doesn't make you superhuman. You'll miss a rep here and there, you'll feel under the weather, and you'll face setbacks. It's the way you handle these circumstances that dictates whether you're all in or not.
Stop trying. Either complete the task at hand, or give it 100% effort and leave the "but" excuses at the door.