Every male on the planet and even a handful of enlightened females have had dreams of being a Jedi Knight. They’re savvy, resourceful and they can move shit with a steady flick of the wrist (let’s set aside the whole celibacy thing for now, shall we?). Jedi are the shit and everyone in the Force fearing Galaxy knows it.
So, it should come as no surprise to find out Jedi are among the most self-aware beings to be found throughout fiction (although I’m not convinced that they don’t exist somewhere in the vastness of the universe). They remain present and calm even in the face of great distress and conflict. They know their strengths, but more importantly they know their weaknesses. Because of this I’ve put together a list of famous Jedi quotes from the various Star Wars movies and how they tie back into self-awareness.
This is the Jedi Guide To Self-Awareness.
1 | Try not. Do or do not. There is no try. -Yoda
Perhaps the most well-known and applicable of Yoda’s many wise words. The feisty little Jedi Master is alluding to the pressure we put on ourselves to perform. It applies to all aspects of life. If we spent less time worrying about failing, and more time just doing, the results would take care of themselves.
2 | Your eyes can deceive you. Don’t trust them. -Obi-Wan Kenobi
Master Kenobi is talking about perception, perspective and point of view. Often our opinion about someone or something is a result of a quick assessment based on only a fraction of information about the big picture. Rushing to judgement warps your perception and causes you to react irrationally and even aggressively – something a Jedi would never do.
3 | You will find that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view. -Obi-Wan Kenobi
This is pretty much saying the same thing as Obi-Wan’s previous quote, but I won’t harp on him for redundancy.
4 | Impossible to see, the future is. -Yoda
Even Yoda – who pretty much knows everything and can see things before they happen – won’t dare try to predict the future as an absolute. Thinking we know how something is going to turn out (usually as a failure) results in paralysis and an absence of motivation. It prevents us from taking risks and pursuing what we are passionate about.
5 | There is always a bigger fish. -Qui-Gon Jinn
Ah, Qui-Gon Jinn. Your Star Was presence was short lived and tragically ended, yet the essence of your wisdom will echo an eternity. Here, Mr. Jinn is pointing to the dangers of being fueled by greed and the need for exoneration. No matter how much praise is heaped or how big your bank account swells, there will always be a bigger fish that’s just out of your grasp. Focus on what lights you up inside for inspiration rather than being awarded the parking spot closest to the clubhouse.
6 | Remember, concentrate on the moment. Feel, don’t think. Trust your instincts. -Qui-Gon Jinn
Again, Qui-Gon with the bullseye. We think trusting yourself to make the right decisions is one of the hardest things to do in life, but actually it’s the easiest. Let go. Feel, don’t think. The more you trust yourself the more confident your decision making will be. Inevitably, every decision you make will be the right one because it will be made with emphatic resolve.
7 | Your focus determines your reality. -Qui-Gon Jinn
Alright, I know I’m getting a little crazy with the Qui-Gon advice, but the guy had some good shit to say. I think Mr. Lucas realized how shitty the new trilogy was turning out and decided to give free psycho-babble reign to the Jedi Master in hopes that the audience would get something out of the 2-plus hours of CGI childhood massacre. I’m being dramatic, but as a Star Wars fan I deserve to be. As for the quote? Dead on, again. Focus on what fuels you and your passion and dreams will become your reality.
8 | Only a Sith Lord deals in absolutes. –Obi-Wan Kenobi
I wouldn’t dare call anyone out there a Sith Lord, but many of us have a perpensity to deal with issues in black and white, right or wrong, success or failure. Nothing is ever as clear cut as it might seem, and there are always shades of grey when it comes to our relationships, our careers, and for anything in our lives. Trying to paint things in one box or the other runs the risk of leading to misplaced judgement and uninformed decision-making.
9 | Who is more foolish? The fool, or the fool that follows him? -Obi-Wan Kenobi
No matter how self-sufficient we think we can be in life, at one point or another we all need help. In fact, the more help you can get and the better you are at asking for it, the more successful you will become. The trick is knowing who to look for, and in some cases who to follow, to get a leg up. Don’t blindly surround yourself with people based on convenience. Choose the people you rely on carefully, always making sure that there is a mutual benefit to that relationship.