Trying something out for a little while sounds like a nice idea. When you say you just want try something, it is casual and non-committal. You can try a restaurant or a band. But when you take on something yourself, just trying is a bad idea.

When you try something, you don’t sound like an idiot if you don’t master it. After all, you you were just trying it out. When you try something, you know there is a good chance it’s not going to work. If you truly believe something is going to work, you don’t try it, you do it. You don’t try marriage, you get married.

Just trying something gives you the illusion of taking on risk. You are taking action, but you are hedging the risk. You don’t have to beat yourself up or face ridicule if it doesn’t work out. Trying something gives you an easy out.

Just trying something can be worse that not doing anything at all. When you half-ass something and it doesn’t work out, it solidifies your belief that it wasn’t possible to begin with. When you haven’t done something yet, at least you still have the belief that it is possible. Even if just trying something is a success, the results probably don’t represent the true potential of what was possible.

Doing something is different. Saying you are going to do something is a commitment. “I’m going to learn to play the guitar” is a much more powerful statement than “I’m going to try to learn how to play the guitar.” If you fail, you might feel like a bit of a loser. Doing something is risky. Doing something requires motivation, hard work and focus. Doing something gives you confidence to take on other things. The more you do, the less you’ll want to just try.

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