Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

September 26, 2013

There Is Always A Good Reason Why.

There’s always a good reason “why” you don’t achieve your goals.

A real reason. Not something fake or made up. Not a pretend ailment or fictional calamity.

There’s a really good reason “why” you don’t hit the finish line.

  • It might be a fire that destroys your house and memories, and takes the life of someone you love.
  • It might be an oncoming car that veers out of its lane at 60 miles an hour.
  • It might be a criminal who robs you of your dignity, your belongings, or your health.
  • It might be a disease that weakens your body and cripples your mind.

There are these unthinkably tragic moments that meet you unexpectedly on your conquest.

Moments so horrifying and tragic you are left reeling — questioning your intentions and “why” it had to happen to you specifically.

What did you do to deserve this? After all, you’re the one with the bold ideas and steely ambition.

This question of “why” can be paralyzing.

Crippling. Mentally destructive.

The truth is that good people with honest motives and courageous ideas fall prey to the same obstacles that less motivated individuals encounter.

That’s the truth. You’re no different than anyone else. Not on the outside at least. You are flesh and blood.

And just because you work hard and follow your dreams doesn’t mean that life unfolds magically in front of you — with no problems or distractions or peril.

No. Your journey is twice as painful as the common man.

You know where you want to go. And you’re obsessed with getting there.

And those obstacles serve only to frustrate you further.

Asking “why” might help you heal, but it keeps you from your goal. So when you’re done asking “why” stand back up and shuffle your way back towards where you want to be.

The mettle of your humanity has been tested. You have bled and cried and feared the worst. It is now time to begin to live again. To fight again. To stand up. To shout out. To surge forward.

There’s always a good reason “why” you aren’t where you want to be.

A lot of times those reasons are no fault of your own.

Random cruelty and bad timing can make it seem like your destiny was never meant to be.

And yet here you stand. Keep standing. Keep moving forward.

You’ll figure out “why” later.

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.