Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

August 27, 2018


You can’t see clearly. You can’t think clearly. You’re intoxicated. Drunk on your own crazy thinking.

You don’t see reality. You can’t. Because you’ve been drinking your own punch — a sweet concoction of syrupy excuse-making and non-existent goal setting.

It’s all wishy-washy. Nothing specific. Nothing worthy of your absolute obsession and focus.

It’s just you talking to you about you. That’s what happens when you drink your own punch.

You stop being objective. You stop noticing your weaknesses.

You make excuses for everything that happens in your life.

The good things that happen to you are a result of your genius and talents. The bad things are just other people picking on you — and clearly not your fault.

Here’s the thing, everyone else can see your ridiculousness. Sometimes they even feel sorry for you. They know you’re not in your right mind.

But they can’t help you. Not in the state you’re in right now. You’ve been drinking your own punch for too long and it’s caused you to lose track of all those things you wants valued.

So here’s a sobering thought for you: “Your dream is dying!”

You need to get serious about getting to where you want to be.

And you have to start right now. 

And if you’ve been wondering how you do that — how to stop drinking your own punch, start here:

  1. Take the first step in something you always say you’ll do but never seem to start.
  2. Replace your negative friends with people who inspire your inner greatness.
  3. Spend money on things that help you make progress — instead of looking successful.
  4. Challenge your beliefs about what you can and can’t do by trying something new. 
  5. Forgive the people in your life that you envy or still hold a grudge against.
  6. Learn a new skill. Take a new course. Find a new mentor. Join a new club.
  7. Spend time with yourself quietly reflecting, meditating, or praying.
  8. Pay attention to other people’s body language and your own.
  9. Help someone else do something crazy scary to get out of their comfort zone.
  10. Show up to your next meeting early and just be committed to that experience.
  11. Find a job and a boss that you can respect, enjoy, and grow a little bit each day.
  12. Read a book. Then another one. Then another one. Read. And read some more.
  13. Commit yourself to hard work. Commit yourself to doing the hard things.
  14. Make the choice to live life without regrets, anger, or jealousy.
  15. Treasure the process. Enjoy the journey. Stop to appreciate how far you have come.
  16. Contribute to a higher cause. Embrace your destiny with every bit of your will.
  17. Compete mightily with yourself and then stop comparing that performance to others.
  18. Practice gratitude daily. Make it the first part of our day. Write it down. Let it guide you.
  19. Stop consuming so much daily news — avoid the urge to be “connected” all the time.
  20. Say “Thank You” and “I Love You” to the most important people in your life.
  21. Remove anything that is non-essential from your life. Seriously.
  22. Choose to believe in something bigger than yourself and hold on to it.
  23. Stop obsessing about the outcome and focus on an exceptional performance.
  24. Genuinely apologize to people when your actions (and attitudes) hurt them.
  25. Seek out friends and mentors and allies who inspire you to be your best self.
  26. Measure daily at least one habit or behavior you’re trying to improve.

There isn’t a quick fix to achieving success.


So you have to be sharp and aggressive and focused maniacally on improving you so that your negative baggage doesn’t slow you down.

You can’t drink your own punch. You can’t drink anyone’s punch.

You have to be all in on being the best “you” possible.

If it seems you aren’s seeing things clearly, maybe it’s time for you to take a sober look at how badly you want to achieve your goals. If you are serious, you will change. 

Why not get started now?

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.