Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

February 9, 2012

Re-Feeding Your Addiction.

It might be hard to admit but addiction plays a significant role in all the decisions that you make each day. Your addiction decides for you whether you relentlessly pursue bold ideas of whether you give in to how your brain subconsciously makes decisions. Which drives an important question.

What are you addicted to?

Usually, we’re good at focusing any discussion about addiction towards personal vices like gambling or alcohol, drugs or pornography. Addictions that are socially unacceptable. Addictions that dramatically impact other people around you negatively.

What is left out of the discussion are the addictions that drive those addictions. The reason behind the sickness.

We’re not good at admitting the ugly, gritty side of under-performance that robs us of our true potential.

  1. We’re addicted to fear.
  2. We’re addicted to making excuses.
  3. We’re addicted to passive aggression.
  4. We’re addicted to selfishness.
  5. We’re addicted to listening to the crowd.
  6. We’re addicted to caring less.
  7. We’re addicted to taking the easy way out.

They’re socially acceptable addictions.

Addictions that we let others get away with because we see them in ourselves.

We excuse them away as if the frailty of our humanity is a worthy excuse for our inadequacies.

And the truth is clear that they are not.  Being human does not demand that you live broken.  That you let your weaknesses drive your behavior.

The simple truth is that you can feed a different addiction.

What about being addicted to greatness?  What about choosing purpose over avoiding pain?

Your addiction is your decision.

You can’t change it all in a day.  Maybe not in a month or a year.

You are mighty because of your choice to choose what is hard over what is easy.

Rise up.

About the author

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.