Burn the Ships
Posted on November 20, 2012
Your decisions to live uncomfortably today eventually lead to a greater comfort 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 you have to consider the end results. 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. My priorities are now set.
There is a philosophy behind what I am doing. It is not a selfish philosophy because my philosophy is this: if I want to inspire people to live powerful lifestyles, I myself must first live a powerful lifestyle. I must make the full transformation. I must overcome all the obstacles in the mind and in my body. 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 and don’t plan if there is a failure, because then you have a crutch to fall back on.
In the 1500’s Hernando Cortez was the captain of eleven ships with more than 500 soldiers headed for Mexico to conquer the Aztecs and bring back gold and treasures. As you can well imagine, after his ships arrived in Mexico, the sailors and soldiers were not in the best of shape. Some of them fell ill on the journey, some had lost their motivation, and their quarters were not exactly shipshape. Several of Cortez’s crewmates wondered what would happen to them in this strange new land. If they faced challenges or resistance, how would the crew return home? The crew asked Cortez what the plan would be to get back home. The captain had the perfect response: He burned the ships
There was no going back
The only direction to go was forward
The old way of doing things were about to be rethought.
In fact, there were no more “old way of doing things”; a new way had to be defined.
I may fail, but I am not a failure. There is a significant difference here that we must learn to accept. Failure is an amazing thing to learn from. In fact, every day I’m in the gym, I’m failing at nearly every set I do. I feel that a lot of people these days have an issue being 100% true to themselves. I still sometimes struggle with this. Don’t feel like you have to live up to some other standard set by society. Society will tell you no. In the face of it all, you need to set your principles and ideals and ultimately tell them to shove it. To be a maverick and a true original, you must believe in something different than what has occurred in the past. You have to believe in something that has been created in your mind alone. 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 that small percent who has achieved true success, not just material success, but self-actualization. This success is founded around a sound mind, a strong body, and an indestructible soul. Material success will dwindle, and no one remembers a hero for how much money he or she had. Everyone remembers a hero for who they were at their core.
Who will you be in this moment? This moment determines who you are and who you will be for the rest of your life.
The Better Man Project
Wow…this is a very powerful and inspirational blog. I really needed to read this, thank you. So glad I’m back on here (after being sick again) and able to read your blogs again. This is the push I needed. I’m also writing my blogs again, now that I’m feeling better, check them out! 😊✌
wow just wow amazing post !! 🙂
Fantastic post! Very inspiring, and beautiful! Right place … right moment … very insightful. Thanks for checking me out, look forward to reading more from you.
I fully agree with having no Plan B. A lot of people are uncomfortable when I say I have no Plan B (majored in music performance) but I agree -it is just a distraction.
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I love this artwork but most importantly Evan’s message. Great post!
Hi Evan! Your blog is so wonderful because the principles apply to females too, trying to be better people. Thank you for following my blog! I look forward to many more good reads. 🙂
I go to a Buddhist sanga and meditate. Many people say, “Enjoy” or “”Have fun” when I tell them I am going off to meditate. They have not clue that mediation is a practice that makes you face those places in yourself that are so difficult to face. Meditation is hard work. Looking within without turning away when what you find isn’t what you like is hard work. But, you’re right, you grow as a person each time you’re brave enough to do it.
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A must read a great post of inspiration.
A man-child must be wounded either emotionally or physically to enter true maturity. Passing through life’s initial tunnel of pain isn’t accomplished easily.
Some never are wounded and follow Lemmings to their final fall. Those that strike out on their own, grasp the nature of singularity; heroes, writers, inventors etc. which wear the label of “different” with quite pride. Ridiculed by a society that hides inside the box of conformity, these men uncover answers to questions not yet asked.
Accepting those things that can not be changed, changing those that can with wisdom to tell the difference is the battle cry of manhood; tenacity tempered by kindness. You are one of these special people; pass it on for it is only kept if given away.
your words are brilliant and inspiring!
Someone very wise once told me that life is a process of letting go, losing, learning to give things up: so why not take control of the process and make it work for you…that way you can evolve with, rather than mourn the loss of…I like your final comment. Buddha said it is what we do today that matters most: change, starts now. Thanks for the follow: Iook forward to enjoying more of your journey 🙂
Breath taking motivation
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Breath taking motivation.
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I love this expression! Tony Robbins says something similar…he says “you have to burn the freakin boats!”
Burning ships and burning bridges…so important and yet we sometimes hesitate to light the fuse to freedom – and march into commitment. Thank you – I needed to read this!
awesome words, man! I took the liberty to share your blog. hope you like my facebook page 🙂 https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gabriel-Lucateros-Motivational-Page/130243287126129
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Enlightening and inspiring…!!