Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

October 8, 2014

It’s Really Just You Quitting.

If you expect to lose, you probably will. You don’t need to lose. You shouldn’t lose.

You’re not supposed to lose. You definitely don’t deserve to lose.

But you will lose.

Because you aren’t expecting anything else. Your low expectations are crushing your chances to do something epic.

And the truth is that the only thing holding you back is your fear.

You’re afraid you’re going to get hurt by caring too much.

You think that if you don’t want it too bad that you’ll have less to lose.

That losing won’t hurt as bad.

What you don’t realize is that you’re already losing.

And it’s hurting you so bad you’re not thinking straight.

You’ve given up. Given in. Quit too early.  Stopped before it’s right.

It all started with low expectations.

With you dreaming small and living just under the radar of problems.

And it’s natural that you’re afraid to dream big.

You’ve dreamed big before and come away empty.

You’ve thought that you could handle the pressure before you lost your cool.

What you thought was savvy is now just silly.

And so now you’re thinking that if you slow down and expect less, you’ll be surprised by more.

But thinking less leads to doing less. Which leads to less of everything else.

And you’re disappointed all over again.

But this time, it’s not just that you lost that guts your core.

It’s that you gave up on yourself before you got started.

Which is really the danger all along. That’s the curse of low expectations.

It’s not you being smart, savvy, reasonable, reckoned, or wise.

It’s you just quitting. That’s it.

Nothing other than that. You quitting.

Which is why you aren’t where you want to be.

Try more. Dream big. Refuse to accept failure as final.

That will solve things for you. 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.