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Burn Your Boats – the Secret to Success

Alexander the Great arrived on the shores of Persia along with his men, as soon as they got there they realised they were vastly outnumbered… Alexander’s men pleaded that they retreat at once, returning at a later date with more men.

99% of men would suggest exactly the same thing, it’s the logical answer right?

Alexander the Great however decided to take a slightly different approach…

He ordered his men to burn their boats at once

Alexander the Great Burn Your Boats

As their only means of retreat went up in flames, legend has it that Alexander turned to his men and said “we go home in Persian ships, or we die”

This unorthodox decision lead to one of the greatest wins of all time.

Humans love to have options, when we set goals there always tends to be a  second option sitting in the back of our mind, a safety cushion… the so called ‘Plan B’ that you’re ready to fall back onto if you don’t reach your beloved goal.

If you take the approach that Alexander did you will be setting yourself up for success, by focusing your mind on one thing, and one thing only you are left with no other option but to give it everything you have.

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This principle can be applied to any aspect of your life.

That business you’ve been trying to set up on the side? Focus 100% on it… throw yourself right into the deep end and make it work, if you know you’ve got a comfortable job that’s paying the bills you will be nowhere near as inclined to give it your all, and I say this from experience.

So what risks are you taking in your life, are you putting yourself all in?

Do you have one eye on the battle at hand and one eye focused on retreat?

An exit plan will always lead to mediocre commitment.

Burn your boats!

Let me know your stories of courage in the comments below.

Scott J.
Scott J.
I’m SJ. I’m a fitness enthusiast and published author. I transformed my body from a skinny fat 135lbs with 18% body fat to a solid 192lbs at 8% body fat. I became qualified in a field I was passionate about. I founded several online businesses that allow me to pursue ideas and projects in my life that I am passionate about without having to constantly worry about money. I published several eBooks explaining the training and dieting techniques I used to achieve the body I have today. I learnt a plethora of new information on dieting and fitness by reading and applying what I read, to find out what does work and what doesn’t work, because as I’m sure you’ve noticed the health and fitness industry is full of non-sense claims and BS. I found out what was true and what worked for me and applied that knowledge. And you bet I had fun during the whole process.

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