It’s Time To Burn The Ships

Your decisions to live uncomfortably today eventually lead to a greater future 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.

There is a philosophy behind what I am doing. My philosophy is this: If I want to inspire people to live their dream…I have to be living my dream first. 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. 

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.

I may fail, but I am not a failure.

There is a significant difference here mentally.

Failure is an amazing thing to learn from.

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

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, The Better Man Project

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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:

  • 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: