The ancient Greek warriors were a fearsome force to behold, earning a well-deserved reputation for their unshakable bravery and die hard commitment to victory. Few nations could stand against them at the height of their civilization. The key to their awesome success on the battle field lay not just in tactics and military strategem, but had more to do with how the Greek commanders motivated their troops.
"The Greeks were master motivators who understood how to use a "dramatic demonstration" to infuse a spirit of commitment into the heart of every warrior. Once the warriors had been offloaded from their boats onto their enemy's shore, the Greek commanders would shout out their first order…"burn the boats!" The sight of burning boats removed any notion of retreat from their hearts and any thoughts of surrender from their heads. Imagine the tremendous psychological impact on the soldiers as they watched their boats being set to the torch. As the boats turned to ash and slipped quietly out of sight into the water, each man understood there was no turning back and the only way home was through victory." (link)
What boats do you have to burn on your quest for success? What "backup plans" have you created to help you navigate the merky waters of "failure"?
I would submit to you that you need to let go of your "backup plans"! Burn your boats man/woman!
You cannot achieve success by timidly venturing forward. You have to take bold action and decisive steps to go after your dreams! Burn your boats!
You have to be willing to sacrifice everything if you truly want to achieve everything you desire!
There is no retreat! There is no surrender! You either do or you don't!
It's amazing what we can accomplish when we have to do it!
I know that many of us may not have achieved all the goals we've hoped to just yet. But maybe the reason we haven't reached the levels of success we aspire to just yet is because we're still "fighting our battles with one arm firmly holding onto our boats".
You need both hands and all of your commitment if you're going to win!
So, today I challenge you to look at your life and really ask yourself, "Am I committed enough to my goals and dreams to put it all on the line?"
This is not a time to be timid. Or to be complacent.
Burn your boats!