In 1519, Hernán Cortés led a large expedition consisting of 600 Spaniards and 11 boats to Mexico. The goal was to capture a magnificent treasure said to be held there. Once he arrived, Cortés destroyed his ships. The message was clear to his men - There is no turning back from this point. They accomplish their mission or they perish. What do you think happened? With no exit strategy in place to save their lives, they rallied behind their leader as never before. And inside of two years, he succeeded in his conquest of the Aztec empire.
Essentially, Hernán Cortés forced his men to go "All in." Thankfully, these days, we don't have to make a decision between life and death, but every day we are faced with a decision as to whether we will live into our greatness or shy away from it.
Most people, never get into the boat leaving toward their success, let alone think of burning it once they reach the shore.
Most people never even feel what it feels like to go "All in" - to commit to something so strongly that there is no option other than to win and succeed. What if.? What if you decided just once that you would live your life that way? That you would commit yourself in a way you have never done before and never quit, stop, or allow yourself to be deterred in your mission to your goal (whatever it is). What would happen? Where would you or could you be?
I bet you would take yourself to a completely new level in some area of your life. The question is not "Can I do something?" It's "Why the hell shouldn't I do it?" If you want to truly succeed, and deep down you know what this is for you, you will have to "burn your boats" and go ALL IN. If you give yourself any way out on your mission, you will tempted to take it when things get rough. You cannot let this happen.
It's time to commit. It's time to go ALL IN on your success and reach your potential. Burn your metaphorical boats. Never give up and never quit.
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