Go ahead! Put yourself out there!!

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If you never make the attempt, then you’ll never know what’s truly possible. That is some of the greatest wisdom I know. And by attempt, I don’t mean once, or twice or three times. By attempt I mean UNTIL it happens. This could be five times or 1005 times, but that isn’t your worry. All you have to do is ATTEMPT and KEEP GOING.

Yoda once said, “Do or do not, there is no try”. Trying is something that comes with the association of a plan B. “Well, I’ll try it and see how it goes…” This type of approach will never get you to where you want to go!

It is not in trying that we succeed, but through a steadfast and constant ATTEMPT.

I LOVE Webster’s definition of attempt, “to make an effort to do, accomplish, solve, or effect.”

It’s all about effort. Effort creates MOMENTUM – and momentum creates effects or outcomes. And it is from those outcomes that we can learn, grow and make new and different attempts based on the new information we have.

So many people give up too soon. They “try” a couple times and things don’t work out. And so they naively assume that it’s not meant to be. But that’s not the path of the seeker, the daily lover or anyone who is on the path of Mastery. No. Our path is the path of attempting UNTIL we finally produce the result that we want.

I truly believe that The Uni-verse tests us to see how bad we really want something. Rarely if ever do we get to create something epic and amazing at the speed of a text, a tweet or an instagram. Constant attempt towards a goal is what it takes. We must attempt and attempt again. Soak in what we are learning, toss out what’s not working and make new attempts with different strategies based on the information we now have about what doesn’t work.

The Uni-verse LOVES someone who won’t give up and specializes in redemption and renewal. It’s usually RIGHT when we think things aren’t going to work, right when we are fed up, tired and about to give up – that we are on the BRINK of our greatest success.

So, have you given up? Have you tried and “failed”? Are you ready to pick yourself back up and do it again? What are you waiting for? If you think you are at the end, just keep going a little bit longer and you’ll see that you are closer than you think to the outcome you desire! The action happens in the comments below. The TDL Community is here to support you, so leave a comment below and let’s keep the conversation GOING!



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Mastin Kipp is the CEO and Founder of The Daily Love. Follow him on Twitter here.

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  • Lu

    Thank you Mastin, I needed this right now. I have been chasing a dream for three years and I feel like nothing is happening, but this passage here made it all worthwhile. I will keep and keep on trying.

    • Camille

      First – your post blessed me greatly this morning. Then I read the other posts and was blessed again. My brothers and sisters who shared thier own experiences that are so similar to mine are beautiful affirmation that we are in this awakening experience together. Thank you M~ for TDL and your loving outreach.

  • Guest

    It is great to read this. It reminds me of giving birth.  When I was preparing for the birth of my first child, I remember reading that in natural childbirth, there is a moment when you feel as though you can’t go on any more.  This is the transition phase.   I had decided to have a birth without drugs.  At one point, I had labored for many hours and I shouted out to my midwife, can’t you just give me something?  Even though I said that, I knew from my reading that this meant that the birth would happen soon, just when I wanted to give up.  Knowing that, helped me to continue and have the natural childbirth I wanted for myself and my baby. I think pursuing our goals is similar. Perhaps, just when we want to truly give up, we are the closest to fulfilling our purpose. 

  • Gina

    Thanks I needed that!  You’ve helped me push thru doubt so many times.  It’s uncanny how perfectly timed your blogs are for me.  Thank you Mastin.

  • Michelle

    Thanks Mastin! This is exactly what I needed to hear today. I feel that this message was written for me as this is exactly how I feel in this moment. Please keep igniting the flame in people everywhere. I felt like my light was going dim today and this message reignited something in me that I thought I had lost. Thank you!!!

  • guest

    Thanks! Right before I got your e-mail I was praying for a sign because I’m in a situation where I have (had) no idea what to do. I didn’t know if I do something it will be good or bad, I just couldn’t feel what’s right. And then you came with this blog and gave me the push, so I did something, and I still don’t know what’s gonna happen after, but at least I’m not guessing now. So thanks a lot.

  • Emma

    Thank god for the Daily Love! I’ve been struggling starting up my own business this year and although I have big dreams – and know it’s gonna be tough starting out – I’ve just been feeling so over it and have been thinking the last couple of days about chucking it all in. And then I read this! How could I possibly quit after reading that?!! I feel totally re-inspired! (if that’s a word?!) Love the Daily Love!

  • Angelika Kerzakova

    Hey, Mastin!
    First of all, it was so weird to read the very first proverb of today’s post, because just yesterday I used it in my post:)))
    And second – I have a question. I don’t really understand the difference between try and attempt. Aren’t they synonyms? I mean you can try a thousand times and you can attempt to do something a thousand times – is there such a great difference? And I can also assume that there might be some underlying meaning of these words which I’m as a non-native speaker of English not aware of.

  • Louk

    Triumph is just TRY with a little UMPH  !

  • TruePilates Woman

    I am doing my Pilates instructor training. Pilates is something I love so much and just recently I’ve had to stop and take a break due to pulling a muscle and hurting my lower back! I went to see a great specialist on this detour who treats with the McKenzies Technique. I have met so many ppl of late with injuries and I never realized how lucky I have been being injury free! During this training my spine is transforming and my body awareness is heightening. Its pretty amazing but just recently I thought I was going to have to give up. I actually thought of the post Elizabeth Kipp wrote about healing her body and this has helped me immensely 🙂 PATIENCE! Everything happens FOR YOU, and this post is a great reminder to keep going. Many thanks Mr Mastin Kipp! Xxxxxxx Only good things can come from this experience as I take self love & self care of myself. Classical Pilates is amazing ppl!!!

  • Maralee04

    Thank you SO MUCH for this AMAZING post! I had a break down yesterday because I’ve been struggling to take my board examinations so I can be a licensed doctor in the US. But no matter how many times I fall I’m not going to give up. This really hit me today! I’m not going to try and study as best as I can I’m just going to do it. Everyday I’ll make myself present. This was truly awesome! <3 Many blessings to you! 

  • I just wanted to say I love all of your posts/e-mails… Especially this one!! Do or do not .. THERE IS NO TRY!!! Thank you for all that you do to bring more love into the world 🙂

  • Ruth

    Thanks Mastin! Today I prayed for help, I was tired to
    looking for job and don’t see light in my path..

    And you give me the answer. Thanks again light, love and

  • Htroncoso

    Everything written today resonates so much with what I’m doing right now. I hold onto my faith, & pray for patience. I want to transform health and wellness by helping others reinvent themselves, and I know it’s not a task that happens overnight. That does not take away though, the feelings of frustration, despair, feeling tired because I’m working nonstop. I know it’s part of my journey though, so I embrace and accept it. Thank you for reaffirming my belief in myself that great things are coming!

  • jamieeslinger

    True dat!!

  • Maya Northen

    As many of the other comments have said, I really needed this. I had a major discussion (ok argument)  with a good friend who said I wasn’t trying hard enough at something that I thought I was. Your point about not trying one, two, three times but until it happens brings home the point my friend was trying to make yesterday. Seeing it reinforced here really helps me with that situation. Thank you! 

  • I really needed to see this today. Thank you! I have been a full time student for the last four years, out of the working field for three. Now that I have completed my bachelor degree I am searching for work. Every job interview I go through always ends with, “You don’t have enough experience.” or, “You are way over qualified for this job.” Is there ever going to be a happy medium? So, I gather the information from each interview and plan a form of attack. Find a way to fix it. I am in search of finding someone (a manufacturing facility) that will allow me to complete an externship. I have been blowing up my phone contacting every facility I can think of. I am also considering starting my own business. Everything is put in place and ready to go, but it’s waiting on me. I am deathly afraid of failure. So, like I said, I needed to read this today. Thank you so much Mastin <3

  • M

    Mastin, Merci beausoup! Your blog always hits me in the right spot. 
    I started a concierge business 2 years ago making healthy meals for clients. It started off well. Then my clients couldn’t afford my services due to financial reasons. I was really depressed about it. I started focusing on your blogs, I looked over the Lifeclass I was on about Fear with Tony Robbins and Oprah,  I meditate.  Now I feel more prepared to focus on growing my business. 

  • Melbustama

    Feeling über defeated lately. Your words were exactly what I needed to hear

  • Hi Mastin,

    This is a timely post for me.  I’m working on a project that I feel is so close to that breakthrough point.  I’ve been having micro/mini affirmations that it’s heading in the right direction.

    Your post is a great reminder.  I love the use of Yoda.  The little guy was wise.

    Here’s to an awesome day!!

  • Carmen

    i LOVE this…
    “The Uni-verse LOVES someone who won’t give up and specializes in redemption and renewal.”

    AMEN and thank you!

  • MaryC

    Thank you so much for this. I graduated in May with my masters degree and thought it would be a breeze getting a job after wards. It has now been over 6 months of applying non-stop, every day for jobs. I have felt defeated and exhausted by this process, but after reading your post I have a new found energy and fight to keep going. Today I found out I have 3 interviews lined up.. Thank you for supportive messages every day!!! This one especially has helped push me forward and changed my attitude completely. Thank you!!!! Lots of love to you and the community. 

  • Mphelan

    “Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure.” ~ George Edward Woodberry.

    There are so many things to which we can apply this BLOG… right now, in my personal life, it’s to my health and my weight.  I have quite a bit of weight to lose to be healthier and happier, yet I frequently find myself sabotaging my own plans and goals.  I can beat myself up because I should have met my weight goal in August, yet to date I have lost zero pounds (and gained an additional 15).

    What is it that makes us fear that first step?  Commitment to see it through to the end? Why can’t I love myself enough to take care of ME?  I want to put myself out there.  I want to do this.  I want to make this happen.

    • JenDub

      Your post resonated with me …completely! at my highest weight I was 80 lbs heavier than I am now but I have struggled and bounced back and forth the last 40-50lbs in the past few years. I sabotage myself as well, and I am TRYING to get myself out of my funk. I have been pretty much binge eating for the the past month…and I find the hardest thing is getting started again, I just want to give up. I am currently laying in bed, not wanting to do anything ….i am scared of doing the “right” thing (go for a jog or to the gym) and scared of doing the “wrong” thing (go buy a dozen donuts).  

      The first step is scary because maybe we don’t know what to expect…we have to face ourselves …for me I dread going to the gym because I have to face how far I let myself go and how out of shape I am ….I wonder why I can’t love myself enough to take care of me as well…but then again, maybe if I put in the effort and do the actions of loving myself, I will eventually believe it and live it. 

      we can make this happen!

  • Damascus Girl

    What a timely article.  I am 42 and I’ve never had a real relationship.  I don’t know what its like to be loved by someone, but deep down I have always wanted to be married and have children.  I have tried online dating, but after all these years, nothing has materialized — people don’t even look at my profile, let alone contact me.  I email men but they don’t respond.  I am neither hideous nor flaky. 
    So many people have told me that its time to put that dream away, that it was never achievable for me, and I should focus on building my career and take care of my elderly parents.  So many have looked at me with pity in their eyes and in their voice. 
    I wish I could say I want to keep “attempting”, I want to “do” not “try” (in the words of Yoda).  But the online thing has run its course. 
    Am I failure for giving up?  Your post suggests that we must keep attempting and success will reach us.  My story suggests otherwise, that the attempts run out and we stop chasing the fantasy and focus on reality, even if reality hurts.  And boy, does it hurt to be a lone wolf in the world!

  • Cheerypies

    I think that making an attempt every single day for your dream is so essential. What a great and inspiring post! I am learning this every day with my pie business. The more I “put myself out there” as far as promotion, working on baking, posting to Facebook, Twitter, etc. it all helps me get closer to success! It is so important to work on what you love every single day, it can only get better! I love it! Thank you so much for your daily love and inspiration!

  • Claire

    Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for this!

  • Madelain Burgoyne

    Rigth on brother!

    Last week it was all systems go with a nea potential client. ans as a new business… those are valuable. Last minute I received an e-mail saying that I should cancel that day’s appontment and all future ones two. She had said that it was due to personal reasons.
    At first I wanted to get upset, but I chose not to.
    I figured I would rather work with people who were ready to commit to themselves instead of wasting my energy. I was very discouraged at first

    Two days later I got a call from a old friend wanting to start up ASAP with me. Talk about the renewal of energy at a very low moment. 

    AWESOME. Keep going!

  • Ha! I was just thinking this the other day, that we have to almost prove to the Universe that we are worthy of our desire, we have to become the person who has achieved X. And it’ll give us “test” situations, like how a parent might give their kid a goldfish to look after so they can show they are responsible to have the puppy they REALLY want. Love it!

  • Noulie77

    Thank you for this, Mastin. I, like many others here, really needed to hear this. This past month I’ve been questioning how far I am supposed to go for something I want. I’ve been praying, hoping and somewhat patient. However, the Uni-verse(for me, God) may not will this for me. I’ve also been thinking lately that if I just hold on, God will see I really want this, so I love what you had to say about being tested to see how much we really want something and not giving up. However, all this leads me to one question I have yet to find an answer to: my hope has been for something very, very specific. It is what I long for. So far, my attempts for it have not provided the results I want. Should I not focus on the specific, and attempt  instead for something in the general category that could still be a wonderful answer to my prayers? Or should I continue to attempt for my heart’s specific desire? Mastin, or anyone, I would love your feedback! Thanks.

  • carmen scaccetti

    I will not give up! I have been severely depressed for 48 hours now thinking thaaat this time around, it really is over, my dream, everything. And what broke my heart is how much I truely DID NOT want it to be. Now I am renewed in spirit to try again. Thankyou Jesus for this post <3

  • Janell


    You rock. Your words give me inspiration to move forward!

    Thank you,

  • bu

    “I truly believe that The Uni-verse tests us to see how bad we really want something.”  So true.  Thank you for today’s post!

  • “‘Trying’ is a word that will get you into trouble. You’ll get kudos for “trying” and it won’t actually be getting you anywhere.”  Cinnamon Lofton (CL).  Well, I am not ‘trying’ to be your “DAILY COMMENTER;” I am willing and I am doing it.  There have been a few times, I have doubted myself with this whisper. I then am reminded with CL’s guidance to “DOUBT MY DOUBT.”  The more I trust, the more I am noticing that my traffic on my blog, butterflymaiden7.blogspot.com/, from TDL is growing. So, thanks for the encouragement Mastin and I am willing to “attempt” my intentions until I CREATE IT. Just like the word, “Try”….I have learned from CL that life does not just “HAPPEN” to us.  Food for thought.  Heart to Heart- Kathleen

  • Katrina

    Just what I needed to hear – thanks for reminding me to keep on chugging.  Sometimes I falter from the path I started, but I’ve put so much effort into it, I’m too invested to turn back now.  Thanks Mastin!

  • Nathan Sudds

    I have just recently discovered your link for the audio version of daily blog , I can’t believe that I missed this before! Thanks for putting yourself out there, and encouraging us to do the same.

  • I’ve been thinking 

  • Sorry, I sent the comment without finishing. I’ve been thinking about this lately and your post comes at the right time like always 🙂

  • Jo

    This post is awesome!! Thank you!!

  • Keep pushing forward!

  • Billiekaman

    Your article resonates a thousand percent with me: And I have another quote to share:
    The definition of TRYING is ” an attempt to Fail” 
    thanks Mastin I’m a devoted follower

  • kim

    Just enough to keep MY momentum moving in a forward direction …..and just when I was ready to despair and get bitter and bogged down again. Thank you for helping me see that the door is open for me. Much gratitude for your work 🙂

  • Rochelle

    Hey Mastin – this is my first visit to your blog after a dear friend forwarded your email.   Someone once said to me that there is no failure – there is only feedback.  If something doesn’t work once, it only means that maybe the conditions weren’t right, or we need to adjust our next step, and it means that we are closer than we were before to realising our goal. Sometimes it is so much easier to stay in a familiar space, rather than
    take the step that will take us somewhere new and unknown.  If we can believe in the magic in themselves that will be revealed in that new territory – then we can keep going, one foot after the other. All love. <3

  • Myst>.<

    Wow.. This inspires me more… I currently reviewing for an exam.. I had been taking it for umpteen times.. wow! I am going for it until it happens>.< Thanks a lot, Mastin.. Ur definitely an angel:)