Burn The Ships!
November 18, 2010 § Leave a comment
This phrase comes from history when, in 1519, Spanish conquistador Hernando Cortez landed in Mexico on the shores of the Yucatan intent on claiming the treasures of the Aztecs. Cortés was committed to his mission and his quest is legendary. With 500 soldiers, 100 sailors, and 11 ships, Cortés set sail with the intention to overtake the Aztec empire.
Knowing that they faced incredible odds, Cortés changed the quest to do or die by ordering his men to “Burn the Ships”. That’s right, Cortés and his men burned their own ships saying that “if we are going home, we are going home in their ships”. This provided the ultimate motivation by giving them no way out, no fall-back option. Cortés ultimately succeeded.
Do you need the ultimate in motivation to move forward to achieve a significant goal that will transform your reality for the better? Is there a business you want to start, or a job change you need to make, or a relationship you need to end? Are you paralyzed, unable to focus your thought and energy in the direction of a goal that you know in your heart will be life changing? If this is you then consider burning the ships. Once the last smoldering ember has submerged beneath the surface of the still blue sea, you have no choice but to do an about face and begin to take action to conquer the island and make it your paradise!
You can do it, yes you can… So “Burn them!” There may never be a better time, in your lifetime, to start your journey to the destination of your dreams…
Here’s the lesson: Retreat is easy when you have the option.
In conclusion, to be successful, you must “Burn the Ships” of escape which are preventing you from succeeding in life. Develop a mentality of “Do or Die” trying to be successful. By removing any excuses, you will be forced to focus on how to make your life a success. Your commitment is the foundation of your success. Every accomplishment is always achieved by focusing on commitment.