“Do or do not, there is no try!”
(that quote somehow doesn’t come across so well without the wizened Jedi master’s throaty wheeze, click here for the audio version)
That quote is much beloved of performance coaches the world over. And in theory, it’s absolutely right – if you don’t believe you can do something, you are less likely to achieve it (to paraphrase that other old saw so frequently quoted by coaches, you know, the Henry Ford one … you’re right!).
But here’s the problem: if there is no try and (as is often the case) the client has some doubts about their ability to create the result, taking Yoda’s advice can mean they don’t even try. And here’s something absolutely certain: by not trying, they reduce a possibility, however slim, to zero chance of success. As a coach, my job is to increase the chances of my clients achieving their aims, not stop them giving it their best shot. They may not completely hit their objective, but the chances are they will still achieve more than they thought they could – and that reduces the self-doubt a little, moving them a little closer to that glorious moment when they can just do.
Are you letting advice that may be perfectly valid for a trainee Jedi Warrior stop you from going for your real-life dreams?