I want to rant about this annoying little word. It is so over used and misunderstood. When you say you are going to “try” to do something, it implies that you are not sure if it is possible. You can try to snowboard if you’ve never done it before. You can try to become a novelist…good luck. “Trying” means “maybe…but maybe not”. So when my son says he’ll “try” to be nice to his little brother, he’s really saying, “I’m not sure if I really want to do that.” Of course he can be nice…there is no physical reason stopping him. It’s a choice. As is eating smaller portions. Come on…you don’t have to “try”…you have to “choose”.
All I’m trying to say is that using the word “try” when it’s really about a choice means that you are not fully invested in the idea…and you’re leaving the door open in case you change your mind. If you really want to accomplish something that you know is within your ability…stop trying.