Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

October 8, 2012

The Stupid Decision We Can Make Each Day.

One of the hardest parts of being successful is getting started.

Doing big things can start out looking pretty scary. That’s how it is with any of us.

We all want to do big things, but we often stop right before we get started.

Yesterday morning at 4:30 am my alarm clock sounded, telling me that it was time to get up and start heading for the door. The 50k ultra-marathon that I was scheduled to run was still about two-and-a-half hours from my house. To make it to the starting line before the gun sounded I had to move quickly. Even though I had been training for this race for some time now and was in good shape, the tired parts of my body said “just go back to bed.”

And so I stayed there thinking.

Knowing that I would regret it if I just got back in bed, I quickly threw on my running shorts and shoes and grabbed my gear. About 10 or 15 minutes into my drive I pulled over at a gas station and grabbed a giant cup of coffee. With a little caffeine flowing through my veins, I started to realize how stupid of a decision I had almost made.

Joining 100 ultra-runner athletes, I waited for the gun to go off and send me on my way. I crossed the finish-line 4:43:10 minutes later in third place, setting a new personal record for myself.  And I almost didn’t get started.

After grabbing my medal and chatting with Thomas and Andy who came in first and second place, I headed to my car for the drive home. All in, it was almost 11 hours of my day. A long day. But a rewarding experience as an athlete.

Business is no different.

The challenges that are in front of us seem scary and audacious. But the reality is that you have been waiting for this day. You’ve learned hard lessons, practiced your skills, and put in the hard work necessary to be ready for the fight.

So get started.  The human things that stop you from doing human things will also stop you from starting business things.

Fatigue. Stress. Fear of the unknown. Face it — it is not easy to get started.

We often throw around those words as if getting started is what is natural. As if getting started is what we do automatically. But that’s not true.

What comes easiest, most naturally, is to let ourselves be scared away from the chance of losing. Of procrastinating what needs to get started today until some other day.

So get started.

Today isn’t the day that you need to finish anything — but it should be the day that you get started.

What did you need to do?

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.