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What Master Yoda Can Teach Us About Goals

How to achieve your goals
wrote this on January 30, 2012 / 4 comments

I wrote a lot about productivity and getting things done in the past…

Among my influences (and there are quite a few) I can count Buddhism and Zen which I learned when I practiced martial arts; books like David Allen’s Getting Things Done which I now dwell on day and night, and finally, from another rather famous source – the star wars saga.  In particular, the teachings of a little green old Jedi mentor named Yoda.

The mysterious green little mentor is without a doubt one of the most intriguing characters I ever encountered. He is both wise and powerful, and despite his size, he commands respect and admiration from his friends and foes.

Yoda teaches wisdom, not just to his apprentices but also to his audience. He speaks in obscure phrases that when deciphered, reveal universal truths about life and how they affect the goals we wish to achieve.

These 4 quotes ring true to me today as they rang back then when I first saw the movies, I’d like to share them with you now…

#1 “Truly wonderful the mind of a child is”

A child’s imagination has no limits…he sees no obstacles and he has no boundaries.

His imagination can find solutions because he’s not limited by what’s real and what’s not.  The best workarounds to the worst bumps on my current road started as a total nonsense and turned out to be out of the box solutions.

It’s funny how we perceive “Nonsense” as failure and “Out of the box” as success when at their core, they are the same.

#2 “Fear of loss is a path to the dark side, you must teach yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose”

Neutralizing the fear of loss and accepting “that which you cannot change” will give you the tools you need to eliminate the irrational belief that your efforts will never bear fruit.  It will also prevent you from jumping into impulsive actions and making rash decisions.

3# “You must unlearn what you have learned”

Unfortunately, childhood experience teaches us that there are some things that we can’t do, that skill and knowledge prevent us from doing certain things.

The ability to evolve beyond what we learn is the key to our advancement in life.

4# “Do or do not, there is no try”

When you say “I’ll try to…” you’re actually preparing for failure.

That’s why when you set out to do something, you need to decide how much energy you’re going to invest in it and how committed are you to the success of this action without paying any thought towards failure.

Don’t bother investing any of your time, if you are only going to try.

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  • Lisa Montanaro

    Awesome post! I am a huge Star Wars fan and a productivity consultant, and I can see how Master Yoda’s advice rings very, very true. Thanks for making the connection for all of us to see how wise his advice truly is. :-)

    • http://www.facebook.com/haimiqtell Haim At Iqtell

      We think that Lucas haven’t finished with him yet…call it a hunch :)

  • Cena

    Me too! My favorite that I use almost daily is #4

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