Posted by: brandextenders | June 23, 2014

Don’t Try This at Home

Try to do this with a pen.

Try to do this with a pen.

Here’s an experiment I’d like for you to try. Take a pen, any pen, and try to stand it on its end. Go ahead; balance it so it is standing on its own. Try the other end and see if that helps.

So what happened? Were you able to balance it? Did you try harder to make it work? Chances are no matter how hard you tried you just couldn’t make that pen stand up on its own.

Standing a pen on its end is an example of how you either do something or you don’t. Sure, there are some things where trying harder might make a difference, but for the most part we either decide to do something by setting a goal or putting our all into it or we don’t. When I hear that someone tried to do something I usually assume they didn’t want it badly enough to “Just Do It” as the Nike slogan says. And believe me, I am just as guilty of this as anyone.

Your mortgage company, power company or Internet provider don’t want to hear you tried to make enough money to pay their bill. You either pay it or you don’t. Same with life, you either make the decision to do it…or you don’t.

As John Yokoyama, owner of the famous Pike Place Fish Market in Seattle said, “There is no state of being called “trying.”

Do it or don’t or try. The choice is yours.

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