Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

November 14, 2016

You Haven’t Actually Been Trying.

There’s no secret formula that makes trying any less of a struggle. There’s no magic, super secret, or special process that guarantees you avoid failure.

The hard truth about trying is that it almost always includes massive amounts of disappointment.

You think you know what you want. You think you have a plan that will work. You’re determined and resilient and focused on achieving your goal.

But that doesn’t guarantee you anything.

You’re going to experience tough times and have to make hard choices.

It’s going to seem like all of your hard work and effort isn’t working. The things that should be easy feel hard.

More difficult than they should be. And uncomfortable.

That’s where trying levels the playing field. Trying is what you do until you get it done.

You create. You innovate.

You pivot, learn, obsess, and improve.

You do whatever it takes each day to keep moving towards where you want to be.

Which is why priorities matter. Which is why it matters how you start your day. Your focus on the details. Your discipline and candid analysis of your motivations and intentions.

Trying isn’t just about the things you do. It’s about the thoughts you allow yourself to have. The perspective you maintain.

You can’t expect to be the best version of yourself when you allow negativity and fear to influence the decisions that you make.

That’s not trying. It’s just going through the motions.

You’re walking dead. Doing things that should seem to have impact, but without ever getting the results you expect.

Just because you’re busy doesn’t mean you’re trying. Just because you’re putting in effort doesn’t mean you’re trying. Just because you have dreams doesn’t mean you’re trying.

You know you’re trying when you’re willing to do the hard things.

Not one day. Not one time. Everyday. At every opportunity. It’s your priority. The measuring stick against which you judge your greatness.

Maybe you haven’t actually been trying after all.

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.