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To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.
-- George Santayana


Saturday, November 21, 1998

Stop trying

Trying can be very trying. It’s often the case that the harder you try, the less you get accomplished.

Why is that? When you’re trying there is the assumption of failure. If you heard someone say “I’m trying to get the report finished on time” how would you interpret it? Would you have confidence that the report would be ready on time? Probably not. More likely, you’d assume that it wouldn’t be.

Stop trying and start doing. Trying will give you excuses. Doing will get you results. There’s a big difference, and it’s mostly in your attitude. Forget about trying. Trying is barely more effective than idle wishing. Remove the word “trying” from your vocabulary, and notice how much that simple step clarifies your activities. You’re either doing it or you’re not. You’re either taking action or you’re not.

Stop trying and get going.

— Ralph Marston

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