Try: make an attempt or effort to do something…not actually doing something
Having the opportunity to work with seniors is such a rewarding and very enjoyable process, but there are definitely times of frustration as well.
When someone who’s just spent 15 minutes telling me how much they’ve declined, and how much they’d like not to be, tells me they’re going to “try” to make changes for the better such as “trying” eat better or “try” to start walking, or “try” to do any number of things, what I hear is….I’m giving myself a way out, a chance to fail before I ever begin.
“Trying” never accomplished anything. “Doing” is where the rubber meets the road.
I know this may sound harsh, but every day in the life of a senior, where there are no changes made toward a more positive future is a day where decline continues and gains serious momentum.
This is why it frustrates me to hear…”Well, I’ll try.” Why would you “try” to take a walk when you’re fully capable of it? Why “try” to eat better when all you need to do is just choose to eat better. Even small changes make big differences.
Develop a sense of urgency about your aging process. There’s not a lot of time to waste.
Add in a few vegetables each day, take a short walk to get started. Stop “trying” and start doing.
As the Nike Ad says, “Just Do It!” Even if it’s just a little bit. You will be glad you did.