I’ve been thinking a lot about Yoda’s famous quote, “Do or do not. There is no try”
When I was younger I didn’t quite get it. I thought to myself, “You can always try.. Give Luke a chance Yoda! He almost had it.”
The way I see it now is that “trying” is a word used to convey you’re not confident enough. It gives you an out if things don’t go as well. You decide to really do something, then you’re in. You may fall, but you’re still in. You don’t consider it failing, you just realize it’s part of the process. The word trying is tied to something you don’t want to do bad enough or something you don’t really believe you can do.
Yoda implies to let go of the self-doubt you have for doing something so that “trying” dissolves and all that remains is “do or do not”. It’s the mental blocks around “impossible” that you have to pass through to get to “possible”. When Yoda shows Luke he can bring the ship out of the water, Luke tells Yoda, “I can’t believe it!!” Yoda responds, “That is why you fail.”
Your mind can hold you back from a lot. Think about that when you’re writing your next song, playing your next show, or what you can do as an artist.