Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

March 1, 2019

Making It Out Of The “During” Stage.

There are a lot of untold stories in business. Have you noticed that?

Most books about business success or self-improvement, in general, spend a lot of time on two parts of the journey — the beginning and the end.

If you’re overweight and feel lousy, here’s what you need to do so so that eventually you’ll have six-pack abs and be proud to take off your shirt.

In fact, you don’t have to go far on Instagram to see countless pictures of people sharing their before and after pics. Right?

What’s always missing from this conversation are the “during pics”.

THINK ABOUT THAT FOR A MINUTE.

When did you read a book that just talked about what goes on in the middle, where you are stuck between the “getting started” day and the end line.

See, that’s where you spend most of your time.

The”not there yet” stage is 99% of your journey.

…………The beginning is an instant.

…………The ending is an instant.

But everything else is your day-to-day existence.

That’s true whether you’re trying to go from fat to fit or broke to wealthy. It’s true whether you’re trying to get a new job, land a big client, meet your sales goals, grow your business, or just have a little bit more free time to spend with your kids.

What’s happening now and where you want to be are small moments in time.

IT’S YOUR CHOICES IN THE “DURING” STAGE THAT DECIDE YOUR OUTCOME.

That’s important to remember because you’ll be around other people who are sharing their finish line photos and you’ll feel like you’re doing something wrong.

You will feel like someone else is more fit than you or more successful than you or they seem to be more popular than you — and as you think about it, you start to think that you’re a loser.

You ask yourself crazy questions:

  • Why don’t I have those finish line photos?
  • Why aren’t I more successful?
  • Why don’t I have that same level of “cewebrity”?

Before you give up on all the progress you’ve made so far, take a deep breath and be grateful for where you are right now.

You’re in the “during” stage. The in-between stage. The “I’m working really hard and if I keep working really hard I’ll end up with some finish line photos” stage.

DON’T BE DISTRACTED BY OTHER PEOPLE’S SUCCESS.

Don’t be intimidated by other people winning. Don’t be unnecessarily competitive and combative when you see others with their finish line photos.

Stay focused on your thing. Stay committed to being the best you possible.

You’ll get there. One foot in front of the other. That’s how it works.

I’m guessing that the simplicity of that wouldn’t make a long book. After all, it’s really three simple words: Try. Improve. Repeat.

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.