Thursday, June 21, 2012

There is not such thing as TRY

Try not.  Do or do not.  There is no try.  ~Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back

"I'll try to meet you later for dinner......"

"I'll try to finish that book I'm reading (or writing)........"

"I'll try to go with you........"

"I'll try to help you..........."

So what do you think?   Can you count on me?  Will I do those things?  Will I follow through?   Be honest --what do you expect from me now?   

How many times do you use the word "try"?    The word is meaningless. No let me take that back pretty much means " I will not meet you.... finish the book.....go with you."    Making an effort, attempting to accomplish something and setting a goal....doing the best you can... that's all we can do.. Whether you succeed or not, it's the action you take that counts...Do or do not..but don't include "try" in your vocabulary.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

If man thinks about his physical or moral state he usually discovers that he is ill.~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

If man thinks about his physical or moral state he usually discovers that he is ill.
~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Let's turn that around......
Take a moment to think about the things you enjoy,  the things that make you laugh, the things that make you smile.... just smile.  Thank about any time, any where, from your past or what you plan for the future.  Say something about what you are thinking --out loud or to yourself.....

You have done more to improve your health then you realize, just by thinking in a positive way.   According to an article on the Mayo Clinic Website:  Through engaging in positive thinking and most importantly positive self talk you have:

  • Increased life span
  • Lower rates of depression
  • Lower levels of distress
  • Greater resistance to the common cold
  • Better psychological and physical well-being
  • Reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease
  • Better coping skills during hardships and times of stress

Spend your time thinking about the positive,  believe it or not whatever your story, history or past, you have it better then someone else out there in this world.   Do yourself a favor:
Appreciate every day
Find one positive idea, thought or event to think about it every day
OH and smile more.  

 Mayo Clinic article on Positive Thinking and Health