Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

October 5, 2015

Finding Your Way Back When You Feel Lost. 

One of the most hopeless feelings in the world is feeling lost. That sense that you’ve lost your way. Going somewhere but not sure where or why or if you actually want to be where you end up.

If you aren’t there right now, you’re guaranteed to be there soon. It’s a challenge that plagues all of us.

You were born looking for purpose.

You cried and struggled and failed your way to figuring things out. You didn’t know enough to even consider that you might have limits.

Before you could run, you walked. Before you could walk, you crawled. Before you could crawl, you grabbed whatever was closest to you and pulled yourself up until you fell back over again.

Every day was a new learning experience. Developing new muscles — intellectual, emotional, and physical.

Your way was everywhere, doing everything.

You wanted it all. And tried it all. But then something began to undermine your grand exploration towards greatness.

You begin to realize that failing came with a cost. Even the threat of failure came with the cost. Being different was painful. It cost you something to venture boldly and miss the mark.

And so over time, you tried to figure out a way to grow without getting hurt.

To win more without having to lose as much.

Your best option was to develop new skills.

Hoping that if you knew enough fast enough you could do anything.

But now this feeling of helplessness seems all consuming. You’ve got more skills than ever before. Right now you should be the most qualified winner in the universe of your existence.

Instead you left feeling stuck. Miserable. Depressed and shaken to your core. You’ve lost your way and can’t seem to find the way back.

Maybe that’s because you’ve been looking in all the wrong places.

What you’re missing isn’t skill.

There’s a reason we don’t say: “If there’s a skill, there’s a way.” Because the way isn’t something you figure out in books, degrees, or training.

It’s a fire burning deep in your soul waiting to be unleashed. Will. The antidote to your misery. The prescription to fix what’s broken.

When you lose your way, find your will.

Renew your resolve. Double down on your determination.

When you can’t find a way, build will.

The way will follow.

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.