Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

March 17, 2020

You Will Change. How You Do Is Up To You.

The world has changed. Your work has changed. Your life has changed. You are going to change.

Have you ever noticed how your rate of change is directly related to your level of urgency and intensity?

We often talk about changes as being hard. We often comment that success is difficult.

But success isn’t as challenging as we make it. It directly matches your level of intensity. Your degree of urgency.

If you need to change bad enough, you will. Almost automatically. Instantaneously. Overnight. Without question, excuse, or impediment.

If you have to change, you will.

It’s that gray area of life where you know that you need to change that you find so difficult to navigate.

Those areas where you know you need improvement but just aren’t motivated enough to take the steps necessary to achieve that improvement.

You talk about success as if it is something you actually plan to achieve. But then you act as if your life doesn’t need the change in order to get different results.

You’re happy to do things differently as long as you don’t have to go too far out of your way to achieve that change.

As long as you don’t need to do hard things.

If you can keep doing what you’re doing and only take a minor step to the left, all the while achieving breakout, life-changing, multimillion-dollar success, you’re willing to do that.

But if you have to shut things down and turn things off — that’s a bridge too far. That’s too extreme. That’s going too far off the reservation.

Which is the irony of the situation entirely.

If you don’t change when you can, you will be forced to change when you must.

You will have to change when you don’t have the resources and time to do it right.

And you’ll miss out on the magic of progress.

You will change on your own terms or you will wait until life forces you to change and that’s never pretty. Or comfortable. Or fair.

It’s sheer survival. Animalistic intensity for another breath.

All along the way you’ve had the intensity you’ve always needed. You just have to use it when you don’t need it.

You have to change even when life isn’t forcing you to change. You have to grow and evolve and be better even when you cannot change and still be okay for a while.

Change now, while you’re in control of your destiny.

Don’t force life to kick you in the gut before you wake up and take notice.

Speaking of changing, have you ever noticed how easy it is to change when you need to change?

You might spend 50 years screaming ‘bloody murder’ about how you’ll never eat green leafy vegetables, but once you’ve had a heart attack and the doctor tells you that you’re at high risk to have another one, it’s pretty amazing how quickly you decide you want to change.

Cold turkey. Overnight. It happens instantly.

Because it’s a mindset change.

The vegetables didn’t change their taste, and your taste buds didn’t magically evolve to appreciate the uninspiring taste of healthy food.

The only thing that changed was your desire to live. Your ambition to hold back the looming consequences of your actions.

Changing isn’t hard. Needing to change is very hard.

And then some days it’s not hard at all. It’s the only option in front of you. Like right now.

But there is a difference between making a change and changing.

To make a change, you just need to alter what you do one time or another.  In one instance — at one moment in time — you trade what you are used to doing with something different.  

That’s how you “make a change”.  You do it each day without thinking much about it.

Sometimes, you don’t even need to demand change of yourself in order to do something different.  Circumstances can force you to change.  Lack of money, a need for acceptance, or a new belief system can influence you to make a change.

Changing, on the other hand, is an internal process that you control entirely. It’s a new set of attitudes, intentions, and motivations that you deliberately cultivate.

You can make a change without changing.

You could do something different on the outside and still be the same person that you used to be on the inside. You can change the tactics that others see, but still be the same short-sighted person in your mind.

The truth is that each of us want to change in some way.

You want to be better at something. You want to be a better person. Each of us. At one thing or another, you want to change.

But changing is hard because it demands a new mindset, more courage, and new opportunities for you to fail. And you don’t want to fail.

And since changing feels a lot like failure most of the time, it’s easy to decide to make a change here or there and hope desperately that it turns into changing.

Changing is deeply emotional and so very hard to do.

That’s the secret to change. And changing.

You know that it’s time to take life seriously right now.

Starting right now, use each moment you have as an opportunity to be a better version of you. Push the limits of what you think it’s possible.

Change. Be changing.

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.