As I sit here, watching NBC’s The Biggest Loser, I felt compelled to do a rewrite of a recent post… kill that loser enemy.
“I’ll try.” They’re demon words.
Just say “I won’t and I can’t.”
‘I’ll try’ is a disease…
- I’ll try to do the workout.
- I’ll try to finish.
- I’ll try to eat better.
- I’ll try to make a change.
One of the participants just ate 37 mini doughnuts. Thirty. Seven. Doughnuts. That’s where the “I’ll try” willpower gets us–nowhere.
As creatives, let’s harpoon the “I’ll try” from our vocabulary and our mindset.
I’ve had a number of readers mention the encouragement they get from these posts. Fine folks who’ve hung up the paintbrushes, the pen and paper, the auditions etc. As they say in High School Musical, “We’re All in this Together.” I’m so sorry I just wrote that last sentence. My apologies.
If I’m honest with myself, I have to spear the “I’ll try” every time I seek to ideate and create. That’s why I’m writing this right now. I will write. I will contribute. I will inspire.
No more “I’ll try.”
I will. I can.
I have something to share. I can bring a change. My work comes to good.
A heck of a lot different than “I’ll try.”
Why do you think we like to say “I’ll try?” What’s your new mantra to replace your “I’ll try?”