Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

July 9, 2009

Motivation is a Head Game


Don’t ever tell me “you do what you want to do when you want to do it”…  It’s stupid!  It’s emotional and lacks the sustainability to take you to your goal line. The best motivation is cognitive.  It is deeply rooted in the neuro-triggers that make every decision that we even start to think about.

Burn your vision into your brain and you will find the sustainability to see your way past any obstacle that gets in your way.

How to do that:

  1. Put in extra effort even when you don’t feel like it… you’ll teach yourself the art of “thinkable” discipline…
  2. Stop complaining about things that are out of your control… you’ll teach yourself how focus on current reality…
  3. Tell 50 people what you intend to do…  you’ll teach yourself how to be accountable…
  4. Create a mindmap of how you accomplish your goal…  you’ll teach yourself how to strategize around obstacles…
  5. Care deeply about your own success… you’ll teach yourself that putting in the effort is always worth it…

It’s amazing.  When you have finished training yourself (your mind really…) how to act, it all becomes a habit and you find yourself winning rather than losing, fighting rather than throwing in the towel.

You are motivated by how you have trained your mind to think, RATHER than a short term “energy drink” of emotional frantic-ism.

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Dan Waldschmidt

Dan Waldschmidt doesn’t just talk about leveling up. He’s obsessed with it. He's set records as an ultra-runner and been the personal strategist for the leading business leaders of our time. He wrote a book, called EDGY Conversations that accidentally became a worldwide bestseller and continues to share his insights from the stage as a keynote speaker and on the blogs and podcasts you will find here. Most days, you'll find Dan heads-down, working on breakthrough strategies for his clients at EDGY Inc, a highly-focused, invite-only, business strategy execution company based out of Silicon Valley.