2.5.2013

Why You Don’t Need to Blink.

  • You don’t have to blink when your biggest customer tells you that “they need to make a change.”
  • You don’t have to blink when one of your top executives unexpectedly decides to move on to another company.
  • You don’t have to blink when you’re long on bills and short on revenue.
  • You don’t have to blink when everything you’ve done all day seems to have been done wrong.
  • You don’t have to blink when your big dream just seems like a big failure right now.
  • You don’t have to blink when no one believes that your big idea is worth investing time and money in.
  • You don’t have to blink when you’re running out of time and still aren’t getting the results that you want.
  • You don’t have to blink when your good intentions end up turning into bad results.
  • You don’t have to blink when you’re understaffed, undervalued, under-capitalized, and halfway under the bus.
  • You don’t have to blink when your best allies get greedy and turn into your worst enemies.
  • You don’t have to blink when you miss the mark, try again, and miss the mark again.
  • You don’t have to blink when the deal that would make the most difference doesn’t happen fast enough to make any difference.
  • You don’t have to blink when you’re afraid, confused, angry, hurt, or blindsided by the unexpected.

You don’t need to blink at all.

You’re strong enough to look fear and failure, doubt and your own misgivings straight in the eye. With unwavering focus.

You don’t need to think about it, reconsider, or plan your options. You just need to keep believing that you are strong enough to make through to the other side.

What happens to you isn’t your choice. Blinking is a choice.

Your reaction to adversity ultimately defines the measure of your greatness. The truth is that you alone are enough to succeed. Your dream is worth you fighting for it.

Stop blinking. Stop questioning. Stop doubting.

Squint your eyes fiercely against the harsh rays of fear and pain that seems so blinding. And refuse to break your gaze away from your goal.

Look at it. Run towards it.

Don’t blink.


  • http://twitter.com/TomGTR Tom Rochford

    Thanks Dan. A timely reminder for me and I’m sure many others as well. Who among us have not blinked before?

    • http://www.DanWaldschmidt.com/ Dan Waldschmidt

      Pick me. That’s why I wrote this. To remind all of us that we don’t need to be afraid any more.

      Dan

  • http://twitter.com/PeterSterlacci Peter Sterlacci

    This was one I really needed to read today! Thanks Dan for always putting shit into perspective.

    • http://www.DanWaldschmidt.com/ Dan Waldschmidt

      Thanks for letting me know this made a difference for you, Peter…

      Dan

  • Susan

    When I was young I took opportunities never blink as it comes because my young life has been running away from real bullets and grenade and I became fearless. I am tiny but my guts are immensely strong to succeed and show the real me happy, bubbly, kind, loving unafraid to face challenges in life be it job, people, love and to be love and life itself . I know if I blink I will miss out in my happiness and once its gone it may never come back. So dont blink and if you are thinking about blinking deep breath and say GO FOR IT MATE!

  • Mary Anne Doggett

    Dan,
    Haven’t blinked all day:) Thanks for this!

    • http://www.DanWaldschmidt.com/ Dan Waldschmidt

      You bet, Mary Anne. (You might to go buy some eye drops if you plan on keeping this up…)

      Dan

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