May The Fourth Be With You!
This is an old Star Wars joke only applicable to today’s date. Thinking of Star Wars there are actually some serious messages.
Jedi Master Yoda said, “Do. Or do not. There is no try” in The Empire Strikes Back. The word ‘try’ implies self-doubt. It shows a lack of commitment with the possibility of failure. When you state your intention powerfully and commit to action you are far more likely to succeed. W.H. Murray from The Scottish Himalayan Expedition said, “Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, a chance to draw back. Always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth – the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans. This is, that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one, that would never otherwise had occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.”
Beware the Dark Side
Another nugget of genius from Yoda, “Fear is the path to the dark side…fear leads to anger…anger leads to hate…hate leads to suffering” in The Phantom Menace. One of the most pernicious fears is the fear of failure. This does indeed lead to the anger of frustration and the suffering of hating or doubting yourself. You must act with boldness, embrace failure and learn from it. Sir Humphry Davy, one of the greatest scientists of the 19th century – perhaps all time, said, “I have learned more from my mistakes than from my successes.” Every time you fail you learn a non-solution. Each non-solution crossed of the list takes you one step closer to success. Tony Buzan offers the acronym TEFCAS as a success formula. It stands for:
Try everything and persist.
Each trial lead to an event (do not judge as a success of failure yet. Accept the result of the experiment).
The event will give you information.
Check this information. Does it lead towards or away from you goal?
Course correct. Adjust your strategy and try again.
Through the iterative process of adjusting after each trial you will ultimately reach success. Enjoy, celebrate and then set your next goal and you next try-all.
Use the force and the formula to achieve ultimate success. 🙂