Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Lisa Anne Rooney, author of the new Survival Guide for Those Who Have Psychic Abilities and Don’t Know What to Do with Them.

I’m very blessed to be able to work daily with the spirits around me. I learn something new every day, but there are a few lessons that come up often for myself and my clients regarding balancing ourselves body, mind, and soul. In my new book, Survival Guide for Those Who Have Psychic Abilities and Don’t Know What to Do with Them, I discuss many of them. But, I’d say the number one lesson I hear is: “We need to remove the word ‘try’ from our language!”

Spirit has explained to me that the word try is a disease that many, if not all of us, contract as very young children. It is airborne and comes from a place of love and kindness. As little children and throughout our lives we will hear from others to “just try it” or, “well, at least you tried.” Then we start saying it ourselves: “I am going to try to do that” or, “I tried my best.”

Spirit is always telling me that saying “try” gives us an excuse to not commit. It allows us to sit on a fence and be wishy-washy over things. By saying “try” we are already excusing ourselves from completing what we are doing or making excuses why we can give up. What we need to do is replace the word “try” with the word “Do!” In the words of that cute little green guy from Star Wars, Yoda, “Do or do not…There is no try.” Spirit and this wise Jedi agree: “do” and “do not” are both commitments—trying is not.

It doesn’t mean that we will not hit road blocks or stumble along the way (which, by the way, are both ways that we learn and grow). It means we will keep “doing” until we have had success. It’s not how many times you get knocked down that count, it’s how many times you get back up! Doing our best is a completely different mindset than trying our best!

I have seen what changing that one word has done in my life. It’s a process, and I struggle at times to stop from using the word “try.” But, you will see very quickly how differently you will feel. Your mind becomes more focused, you start taking more pride in yourself for “doing,” and your confidence and self-worth will grow. As you begin to feel more balanced you will start, to attract positive things into your life!

For the next few weeks, I dare you to remove the word “try” from your language. Replace it with “do” and see how you feel. Making a commitment to yourself is an amazing feeling. You are believing in yourself, instead of doubting yourself! Nike knew for years what we had to do; it’s splashed all over t-shirts and posters. We just choose to ignore it.

So now it is up to you: will you believe in yourself, commit, and “do?” Or will you stay on the “Try” train?


Our thanks to Lisa Anne for her guest post! For more from Lisa Anne Rooney, read her article, “Why We Should Hone Our Psychic Abilities.”

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