Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

July 3, 2014

When Your Thinker Makes You a Stinker.

What you think about most you become. The fears you allow to take root in your mind ultimately come true. Have you ever noticed that when you’re already in a grumpy frame of mind that bad things keep happening to you? You’re already late for work and then there’s a traffic jam and a problem at the front door of your building —  so you’re delayed getting to your desk. It can seem in that moment that one thing after another after another is “out to get you”.

You’re already calling this a “bad day”.

And you might be convinced already to throw in the towel — because the odds are already stacked against you. You’re never going to be able to have fun today because it’s already a bad day. You are demotivated, uninspired, bitter, and actively looking for the worst parts of life around you — just to validate your perspective that it’s a bad day.
You might not know that you’re doing those things. You may not realize how badly you’re damaging your own psyche, but subconsciously that’s exactly what’s happening. That is exactly what is going on when you allow yourself to spiral out of control mentally.
There is a cute phrase neuroscientists use to describe how your brain makes decisions — “neurons that fire together wire together”. Quite literally, the part of your brain that you allow to dominate your thinking puts together pathways that ultimately become free flowing highways of fear and doubt and misery or joy, excitement, and inspiration.

You create the wiring that ultimately decides  how creative, smart, or flexible you behave.

Its a carefully constructed framework of self-sabotage or personal growth. It is very real, and the consequences are difficult to reverse.
It might seem cute and witty to be the cynic-at-all-costs when you’re in your early career trying to move your way up the corporate ladder. But when you’re a grumpy, defeated midlevel manager, you don’t look so witty anymore — more like pathetic.
The same is true with finding inspiration in the small things around you each day. If you’re constantly looking for reasons to stay inspired, you’ll find them. You’re literally wiring your brain to keep finding those things. Everyone else around you might be stuck and you’ll be the one creatively finding solutions. How? You thought differently. You created that creativity. It wasn’t an overnight process. It didn’t happen with one or two bursts of adrenaline. It was every day.

Your daily perspective is what drives future success.

Your ability to remain positive and to find inspiration in spite of negative outcomes that are happening in the moment is what will wire your brain to actively find creative solutions that no one else around you is mentally prepared to uncover. It all happens subconsciously, but don’t be fooled — it starts with very conscious, intentional effort on your behalf. You get the results of what you think about. Don’t waste your time thinking about fear and misery and panic. Rewire yourself to be awesome.  

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.