Trying as a Path to Commitment

When I encourage clients to take certain actions that we both know will help them achieve a goal they have set, and they respond by saying, “I’ll try”, my response is always a compassionate and firm, “Sorry – trying doesn’t cut it – what will you do?”  I say that because I know my clients don’t want me to let them get away with being ‘wishy-washy’.

However, I received a different  perspective on trying a few weeks ago. I was listening to a radio interview with a candidate (David Page) who was running in our recent Canadian federal election (against an incumbent Cabinet Minister who was subsequently re-elected).

David Page ran as an independent on basically one issue only – one he feels passionately about, namely the need to seriously address climate change.   He had few campaign funds nor a large coterie of supporters – just one close friend who supported him and accompanied him on his travels.  See column by Ron Corbett in the Ottawa Sun.     

David Page stood on street corners, spoke to whomever would engage with him to hear about this important issue, and handed out his MySpace address.  And when the interviewer asked him why he was doing this, he responded with emotion, saying,  “because, without trying, there is only despair”. 

I was touched by his vulnerability, his passion, his courage, his determination, and his message of hope and caring.

I think now it IS important to try, especially when it is something you want because you believe deeply in it, or because it honours yours values.

What do you think about trying?  Is it important?  Is it enough by itself?  Does not trying lead to despair?  Does trying have its own rewards? 

Where do you stand on ‘trying’ and on committing to your beliefs and passions?

One thought on “Trying as a Path to Commitment

  1. Good Morning Marcia,
    I just read this post and I totally related to your comments about helping clients move from “I’ll try…” to “I will…” I do the same myself.
    I applaud David Page for all he is doing in relation to the important issue of climate change. His personal commitment was “I will take steps to promote climate change awareness.” And by doing those actions it helped him to stay out of despair. As for David’s trying, we can only make a difference with our personal actions … and we have no control of what other people do … hence the “trying” to make a difference.
    This is a fascinating topic Marcia.
    Many Blessings,

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