Discipline & Dedication: The “Do or Do Not. There is No Try.” Doctrine

“DO OR DO NOT. THERE IS NO TRY.” This isn’t just a phrase; it’s a battle cry for those in the trenches of self-improvement and goal achievement. It’s black and white. There’s no middle ground. There is no grey area where ‘trying’ lives. Trying is a myth. It’s a lie we tell ourselves to feel better about not committing. Not fully. Not with every fiber of our being.

The Lie of Trying

Trying gives you an out. An excuse. A safety net that says, “Well, at least I tried.” But what did you really do? Did you give it everything? Or did you hold back, protect yourself, save something for later? In the world of achieving your goals, half-measures get you nowhere. They’re worse than doing nothing because they trick you into thinking you’re on the path to success when you’re just treading water.

All In or All Out

Commit. That’s the word. COMMIT. No hesitation. No backing down. You’re either in, or you’re out. That’s the discipline. That’s the mindset that gets you over the mountain. It’s not about ignoring the possibility of failure; it’s about pushing through it, learning from it, and growing stronger because of it. When you commit, truly commit, failure becomes a step toward success, not a reason to quit.

Discipline: The Non-Negotiable

Discipline isn’t a choice. It’s a necessity. It gets you up before dawn, pushing past your limits and doing the work that others won’t. It’s not glamorous. It’s hard. It’s gritty. But it’s the only way—the only way to bridge the gap between talking about your goals and actually achieving them.

Building the Discipline Muscle

How do you get this discipline? You build it—every day. With every decision you make. You set clear, tangible goals. You make a plan. And then you execute. No excuses. No delays. You stay consistent, even when it sucks, especially when it sucks. And when you get knocked down? You get back up. Every. Single. Time.

  1. Set Concrete Goals: Know exactly what you’re fighting for.
  2. Make a Battle Plan: Detail your mission. Step by step.
  3. Execute with Precision: Every day. No matter what.
  4. Embrace the Suck: Learn from the pain. It’s making you stronger.
  5. Never Quit: Stay the course. Adjust as necessary, but never stop moving forward.

Final Orders

The doctrine of “Do or do not. There is no try.” is not just a philosophy; it’s a way of life. It demands that you stop lying to yourself about what ‘trying’ means. It requires you to step up, commit, and push through until you achieve your goals. Discipline is the foundation upon which victory is built. It’s not easy. It’s not supposed to be. But it’s worth it. Always.

So, what’s it going to be? Will you commit? Or will you keep lying to yourself about what trying really means? The choice is yours.

Author: Jim Lunsford

Jim Lunsford is a dedicated family man, community servant, and advocate for resilience. With a career in criminal justice and roles as a certified life coach, fitness trainer, and diet and nutrition coach, Jim empowers others to overcome adversity through discipline and unwavering strength.