Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

September 17, 2015

When It’s Time To Stop.

Success demands urgency. You’ll never get to where you want to be if you’re not just passionate about what you do and driven to improve.

But such intensity needs time for reflection, focus, and thought.

If you find yourself frustrated by what is happening around you or to you, if you’re not sure what to do next or if you should even continue doing what you’re doing at all, if you’re feeling broken or beat down, it’s time to stop.

Time to step back.

Now. Not forever. Just for right now. This moment. And maybe a few of the next.

Each moment matters. Working hard each day matters. Putting in the time and effort and emotional commitment matters.

What matters more is that you’re aware of your effort and intensity. Aware of your mindset.

And insightful enough to know when it’s time to take a step back so that you can run faster forward.

Switch things up:

  1. Start your day by doing something differently.
  2. Stop drinking coffee for a day or two. Drink more water.
  3. Learn how to meditate and practice a little bit each day.
  4. Take up CrossFit or some other to fitness program.
  5. Hire a coach or call a mentor for a new perspective.
  6. Go for a walk, read a book, or take a nap.

It’s not exactly what you do that matters.

It’s not that you do the “right” thing.

It’s that you’re not focused on all the frustration and confusion you feel.

You’re turning your mind off. Shutting down the negativity that bombards everything you think about. And that is what matters.

That you shut down what’s not working and give your mind a chance to create new possibilities.

That step back becomes a giant step forward when you find that spark that reignites your reason to keep pushing forward.

With more intensity. More drive. And better results.

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.