Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

April 23, 2015

You Have To Do What Matters. 

If you aren’t doing what needs to be done, you will never get to where you want to be. If you aren’t focused on the most important thing that you need to be doing this very moment, you’ve wasted your opportunity for greatness.

It’s gone. Over.

Like you were in a dream and it wasn’t real life.

Except it wasn’t a dream and you wasted an opportunity to get a little bit closer to where you want to be.

The problem is that this happens more often than you want to admit.

You stay busy but aren’t focused on what really matters.

You are in meetings that don’t matter. You send emails that don’t matter. You have conversations that don’t really matter.

The hard truth about your life is that you’re tired at the end of the day —  but you did nothing to get yourself closer to where you want to be.

And a few of those days turn into a week.

And a few weeks like that turn into a month.

Months turn into a year. Years turn into decades. Decades turn into a lifetime.

A lifetime of frustration, excuses, and wasted potential.

How many times have you asked yourself: “I wish I could have done that differently. I wish I had a chance to redo that.”

This moment right now is your chance for a redo.

Today is the beginning of the rest of your life.

But it demands different behavior than you have ever exhibited before.

You have to be driven enough to throw away the old baggage of schedules and meetings and other people’s expectations. You have to be committed enough to turn off the TV after your “9 to 5” and focus on hard work even when you’re already tired.

You have to be tough enough to try and fail and try again.

You have to focus on what really matters.

And you have to get started right now.

You’ve already wasted enough time up to this point. You’ve already experienced enough frustration and disappointment for the rest of your lifetime.

That can all change.That needs to change.

But only you can change it.

Only you can decide that from this moment further you will focus only on what really matters.

Let that be your battle cry from this day until your last.

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.