Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

January 18, 2013

The Only Thing You Need To Know Right Now.

The secret to being successful isn’t that you know every step from start to finish before you get started. In fact, most of the time that is just not possible.

Which is emotionally paralyzing.

When you are not sure where to go it is easy to be hesitant about going at all. That’s natural. It only takes a few falls on your face to know that making mistakes can be a painful learning process.

So you often make the decision to do nothing unless you have a clear vision of the entire plan from start to finish.

And while that might reduce the amount of mistakes that you make, it more likely limits your ability to accidentally achieve enviably amazing feats of mind-blowing success. (Which probably won’t actually be accidental.)

See, you don’t need to see the entire pass before you get started.  You just need to see where to take the next step.  And you need to know where you want to end up.

If you know where you’re headed then taking the next step is just about continuously moving forward. It’s about making sure that what you say you want to do and what you’re actually doing line up.

Then you’re less likely to trip and fall.

Because you’re head and your heart are leading you in the same direction .

Frankly, knowing all the variables takes most of the incentive out of making the journey. Picking yourself back up and trying one more time is part of the magic behind finding breakthrough in whatever you are attempting to achieve.

Every time you get knocked down you learn new lessons. You figure out what’s missing and how you can do it better next time. Each step along the plan becomes clearer the harder you try.

So get moving. Know where you want to be. Take a step.  That’s all you need to know right now.

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.