I don’t use these two words anymore.
Word 1: ‘Try’
Why I stopped using this word: My dad told me to.
“I‘ll try to do well in my exams”
“I‘ll try to wake up early”
“I‘ll try to go to the gym 3 times a week”
By saying ‘try’, you are preparing for failure.
You are conditioning yourself to be comfortable with failure.
Either you give your everything, or you don’t.
Either you put in all your effort, or you don’t.
As Yoda says, “Do. Or do not. There is no try.”
Word 2: ‘At least’
Why I stopped using this word: Life made me do it.
“At least I slept on time even if I didn’t wake up early”
“At least I went to the gym once a week”
“At least I tried…”
Saying ‘at least’ is a consolation. A pacification.
‘At least’ makes you lower your standard instead of raising the bar.
It’s one thing to look at the bright side and work harder next time.
It’s another to justify not doing something by explaining the minimum you did.
So yes, I do not use these two words anymore.
I mean, at least I try not to!
P.s. I only pick tasks where I give my 100%. Understanding the task becomes identifying the process. The more you are aware of the process, the more you control the end results.
Not to be pessimistic or optimistic but to be poetic 😉