One of my mentors used to stop me every time I say “I will try my best” – he used to interrupt me quickly by saying : “Say instead, I will DO my best


The word ‘TRY‘ indicates a very weak or a very little level of commitment. It implies that you “maybe or maybe not” do what you are supposed to be doing. So a person who say “I will try to quit smoking” is actually and in reality is saying: “Smoking is very hard for me to quit and I may never be able to do it“. And since words have got a tremendous impact on our behaviors, such a person can be easily defeated by his addiction to cigarette.

The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) clearly states that our actions are to be rewarded by our Intentions. So every time you say “I will try to do such and such” just stop and ask yourself: “What my Intention really is?, am I going to DO it or not?

Yoda the character of Star Wars movies had a nice quote regarding this. He said:

“Do or do not. There is no Try

Once you know for certain what your Intentions really are, then immediately make a commitment. Either you DO it, or NOT. But a mere word of trying does not really help much in achieving your goals.

So whoever does an atom’s weight of good will see it, And whoever does an atom’s weight of evil will see it. Qur’an 99:7-8

Stay focused – Wael Ibrahim

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