Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

February 7, 2012

The Best Way To Do Nothing.

Just because you’re busy doesn’t mean you’re doing anything that matters. In fact, the busier you are, the greater your chances that you’re not doing things that really matters at all.

Think about that for a second. It might be that the more you do the less happens.  Frantic behavior and midnight paranoia aren’t the answer to solving complex problems.

Nothing is.

You doing nothing is the answer.

And while this flies in the face of your brain’s rapidly-firing fear signals, doing nothing is the secret to achieving audacious acts of mind blowing brilliance.

How well you do nothing determines how successful you are.

It’s not an excuse though.

Not putting in the effort required to achieve success is never the right course of action. Neither is going through the motions so that those around you think you’re staying busy.

The best way to do nothing is to set aside time to do nothing.

Instead of conforming to the chaos of your schedule, you take control and deliberately blocked out chunks of time to do nothing.

Time where you can think. Time where you can meditate. Time where you can stimulate your brain creatively.

It’s a deliberate conflict with the busyness that stops you from thinking about what you are doing and how you’re doing it.  It’s the anitidote to uncertainty and fear and self-induced pain.

It’s less, not more.

You have to pause and be quiet – you have to do nothing – in order to see where you’re going.  To feel your way towards success.

Doing more just means you might be making more mistakes.

The reality is that the best plans in the world fall apart. Your smartest advisers gets it wrong sometimes. Life will serve you a raw deal.

It takes deliberate quietness to stay focused and motivated.

Just going through the motions, pretending that your head is in the game, just makes you a loser.

You lose when you give in to chaos. The best plan is to do nothing about it .

And the best way to do that is to stop and think about it.

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.