Burn The Ships

Your decisions to live uncomfortably today eventually lead to a greater comfortability down the road. Your decision to dedicate yourself to a value driven discipline will lead to success. Yeah, you might have to give up a lot: drinking, some eating, some sleep, partying, your “favorite” foods, horsing around, chilling, and a few other things. But what is the end result? The end result is that you get incredibly comfortable with giving up these things. Progressively, I have spent more and more time dedicating myself to the few ideals I composed for myself months and months ago. The other day I was in the gym at 10pm…my friend saw me at the counter…and then the next morning she saw me at 6:30am. She said to me “What in the world are you doing here?” I just smiled at her. I wake up every morning at 5:30, stretch out, turn on my motivational speeches, prepare my mind for an hour of cardio, get on the stairs, prepare my goals list for the day, go to school, finish my homework, take a 30 minute nap, prepare my mind for lifting, lift for almost 2 hours, eat dinner, write, and do more homework, stretch, and prepare myself for the next day. I look for motivational photos, speeches, papers. I look at bodybuilding books. I read philosophy on the stair master. I use every second of my day dedicated to my dream. School is part of my dream, so I give my  classes the same effort I give in the gym. My priorities are set.

There is a philosophy behind what I am doing. It is not a selfish philosophy. My philosophy is this: If I want to inspire people to live powerful lifestyles…I myself must live a powerful lifestyle. I must make the full transformation. I must overcome all the obstacles in the mind and in the body. I have to get really uncomfortable…really uncomfortable. I learned this in ceramics the other day. You have to really make things look ugly before they can look pretty. I have been tearing myself down, every day, looking critically at the things I want to change and work on, and then doing them. There is no plan B because it distracts from plan A. Go all in. Don’t plan if there is a failure, because then you have a crutch to fall back on.

A long time ago, Cortez showed up in the Americas, and when he landed, he told his soldiers to “Burn the Ships.” What did this mean to his men? It meant that there was nothing to fall back on. They would succeed or die. There was no retreat. Without the ships to go back to, his squad was going to have to conquer or sacrifice their lives. I have burned the ships in my mind. There is no going back to yesterdays habits because they literally don’t exist in my mind. Sure it’s uncomfortable. Over the past week I have made some significant cuts in my diet…and you know what…while there are some cravings…the results are fantastic. I am making the sacrifices today to see the results tomorrow. These sacrifices are both mental and physical.


I may fail, but I am not a failure. There is a significant difference here mentally. Failure is an amazing thing to learn from. In fact, I am there every single day in the gym. I am failing almost every single set. I feel that a lot of people these days have an issue being 100% authentically themselves ( I was one of them trust me…and I still sometimes struggle with this ). They feel that they have to live up to some other standard set by society. Don’t. Society will tell you no…you need to set your principles and ideals and tell them to shove it. To be a maverick and a true original, you must believe in something different than what has occurred for the past however thousands of years of history we have had. You have to believe in something that has been created in your mind. Only then will you break out of your shell and the shackles that have been placed upon you. Only then will you be part of the 5% who taste true success, not just material success, but the success that tastes like heaven (lukomades: a Greek dessert I swear came directly from heaven). This success is founded around your sound mind, your sound body, and your sound soul. Material success will dwindle. No one remembers a hero for how much money he had. Everyone remembers a hero for who he was.

Who will you be in this moment…because this moment…determines who you are for the rest of your life.



Evan Sanders

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  • Drew
    April 10, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    I love your first paragraph man. I failed once, I need to get back on the horse again – and soon!

  • Cassy
    April 11, 2012 at 5:57 am

    I love this… people really do have a problem being authentic… they try to be who they think other people want them to be… I have been living that way for ages and am just now trying to break out of the cage I put myself in… I just need to remember where I hid the gosh darn key… Well written post!

  • creativenoshing
    April 11, 2012 at 8:01 am

    Love this. Really hit home with me today. Thanks.

  • m1nute
    April 11, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Love the honest push from your words. Here’s an image from my blog that has resonance with yours: http://m1nute.net/2011/08/31/perseverence/

  • Seon Wellbeing Academy
    April 13, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Your writing is so inspiring! I’ll live my life right now at this moment. Thanks a lot!

    • thebettermanprojects
      April 15, 2012 at 9:26 pm

      Damn straight you should live your life right now! Thanks for the awesome compliment!

  • m1nute
    April 16, 2012 at 6:26 am

    Great post, resonates with some of my mine – like this one: http://m1nute.net/2011/08/31/perseverence/

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