In 1511 a vastly outnumbered force landed in what is now known as Mexico. The region was known to be rich in gold and jewels and also under the control of the immensely advanced Aztecs.
But Cortes, the leader of this force that contained a mere 600 men, had a different strategy in mind that the others. To give his men no option except victory or death.
He did this by setting their boats on fire.
He knew something that we fail to grasp. When we are faced with a decisions we always come up with a back up plan. “I’ll try this, but if it doesn’t work, I’ll go back to this”. And so we never get very far.
So what would happen if we approached our goals and dreams with an unwavering determination, knowing that if we failed we would be doomed? Knowing there was no backup plan, no second option. It was succeed or die.
We need to take this approach, view our life goals like this. Burn the boats, and don’t look back.