Doing vs. Trying

A friend subscribed me to a daily motivational email.  I have to admit; at first I was a little annoyed.  I mean, do I REALLY need more junk in my inbox?  However, I quickly connected to the simple grounded truth of these messages.  Today’s thought about the difference between ‘doing’ vs. ‘trying’ I thought important enough to share. 

It’s not news that the attitude we engage anything with makes all the difference – mediocre performance or extraordinary success.  Imagine if all of us, franchisees, franchisors, franchise industry executives refused to ‘try’ but only accepted actually ‘doing’.        

In fact, I have an adverse reaction to the word ‘try’.  Ask friends and colleagues and they will tell you I frequently quote Yoda from Star Wars,

“Do or do not; there is no try.”

So here’s a thought for the day…..


Thursday, January 19, 2012 



The way to achieve is not to try. The way to achieve is to do. 

The difference between trying and doing is all in your perspective. That difference makes all the difference in the world. 

When you see yourself as trying, you are burdening yourself with the expectation of failure. Instead, put all your energy and focus into doing your very best, and into expecting the best results. 

Merely trying is itself an excuse, and it gives you permission to make all sorts of other excuses. Doing, on the other hand, gets results. 

If you’re going to make the effort, then make it count. Let go of any thoughts that you’re just trying, and embrace the most positive expectations. 

You are absolutely capable of making a real and valuable difference. So forget about trying, and with well-deserved confidence, go ahead and get it done. 

Ralph Marston


Copyright (C) 2012 Ralph S. Marston, Jr. All rights reserved. Visit The Daily Motivator web site at for an archive of more than 3,000 daily messages, inspirational photos and more. 

Let’s get DOING!

More soon…


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