Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

July 21, 2015

What If You’re Wrong?

What if you’re wrong? What if what you think is going to lead to success only turns out to be someone else’s wishful thinking?

What if your shortcut is really just a disappointing dead end?

What if everything you think you know about being successful and happy is wrong?

What then? What happens next?

Do you still plan on fighting? Or are you just going to make excuses and quit?

Think about that for a minute.

What’s your plan for when the bottom drops out?

Because it’s going to happen — and usually when you least expect it. If you aren’t sure what you’re going to do, you’re going to do something you’ll regret later.

You don’t want to fail.

You don’t want to quit. You don’t even want to consider the possibility of not getting to where you want to be. How do you know that you won’t quit?

You’ve been told that if you have a plan and work a process that success is inevitable.

And that’s right. Mostly. Kinda. It is true that if you keep moving towards where you want to be you’ll eventually end up there.

But that doesn’t mean you’re not going to have horrific setbacks and tragically unexpected challenges along the way.

It’s going to get tough.

No plan can save you from pain. No process can eliminate hard work.

A great plan might make it easier. A great process might make your work faster.

You’re still going to have to go through the valley of suffering. You’re going to feel like you can’t take another day of the misery that your life has become.

You’re going to have to look fear and agony straight in the eye and keep moving forward.

Even when you don’t want to.

Frankly, it doesn’t really matter at all if you’re wrong or if your shortcut is a fast path off the side of a cliff?

If you’re determined to continue then you have everything you need. Soul power.

The worst time to try to find that power is when you need it most — when you’re backed against a corner and struggling for air.

The time to get tough is now.

The time to be belligerent is now.

Perhaps a most important question than if you’re wrong is: “What are you doing today to make yourself tougher for the hard times coming tomorrow?”

Will you be ready to win or just making excuses for why you’re still losing?

Show up. Push yourself. Work manically on what matters.

Exercise your will to win.

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.