Do you really want to be successful in life? Burn your boats

by | Published on | Updated on 2018-04-01 11:14:54


Do you really want to be successful in your life? If answer is yes then you need to remove all options you have except one. Focus on one option you have, one aim, one goal and no-one can stop you to become successful. 


“If you want to take the island, you need to burn the boats.” — Tony Robbins


The concept of “burning boats” is often traced back to an apocryphal story associated with the conquest of the Aztec Empire by Hernán Cortés. In 1519, Cortés led a large expedition to Mexico. Hernán Cortés, marqués del Valle de Oaxaca, was a Spanish conquerorwho overthrew the Aztec empire and won Mexico for the crown of Spain.


He landed on the shores of Vera Cruz, Mexico in 1519 and wanted his army to conquer the land for Spain. Faced an uphill battle: an aggressive enemy, brutal disease and scarce resources. As they marched inland to do battle, Cortez ordered one of his lieutenant’s back to the beach with a single instruction: "burn our boats." 


 This sent a clear message to his men: There is no turning back. They either win or they perish. Although you might assume that Cortés’ men would have become despondent, with no exit strategy in place to save their lives, they instead rallied behind their leader as never before. Within two years, he succeeded in his conquest of the Aztec empire.


Burning our ships means there is no turning back to old habits and ways. In this world, we wrestle with all kinds of different physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual battles. To allow great change in our lives, we must find the root of those struggles - our own boats that can be so tempting to sail back on - and burn them. If you have another option, this is a human tendency that you will just change your patch in case of any difficulty on current path.


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