Aug 21 2012 07:30 am

Burn the dump ships – How to really achieve your goals

There was a successful general that took his army by sea to conquer a new land. When they landed he gave the order to burn the ships. Although the soldiers couldn’t believe it, they followed the order and burned the ships. What do you think the outcome of the battle was? Of course they won! They didn’t have any other choice – they didn’t have any ships to take them back and run away in case they lost. They had to win, if not they would all be dead.

We all make decisions every day, small and big. When it comes to important, big decisions there are a few variables that will impact how successful we’ll be in achieving our goals, but one factor is the most important one.

The following are four of the factors that will make or break your success:

  1. What exactly is your goal? (Must be specific).
  2. Where are you now? (Must recognize the starting point).
  3. Why do you want to achieve that goal? (Why it’s important for you and what will happen if you don’t achieve it).
  4. What steps do you need to take to achieve the goal? (Create a plan).

And this is THE factor that will control everything else: How you make the decision. The way you decide is the single most important factor that will determine your success. Without fully understanding and realizing this, you’ll have a hard time reaching your goals.

The two different ways to make decisions for creating change and achieving goals are:

  1. When you make a decision and, at the same time, you think about all the obstacles that come with it and already have in your mind the reasons and excuses for your upcoming failure.
  2. When you make a decision and you give yourself no way to go back – you burn the ship – you don’t see any other way but to move forward in achieving your goal, failure is not an option.

This is a fundamental difference between making a decision for success or failure. I know firsthand the power of each of these ways of thinking and decision-making. I have experienced both ways, and can share with you that it’s a totally different mindset and process with totally different outcomes.

This kind of decision-making to achieve your goals will create the success you want – when you know you won’t accept any excuses, you give yourself no other option but to do what it takes to achieve your goal. That’s how you create success in your life (in any area).

Hey, I didn’t say it’s easy – if it was easy everyone would do it! But I know now for sure – it’s worth it. I made too many decisions and had too many goals that I didn’t achieve because I gave myself all the excuses (and I’ve got good ones) in the world to why I didn’t achieve them.

When I changed the way I made decisions and set a goal with no excuses – that’s what made the whole difference. There was no way to go back (burn the ship), no giving myself another way besides achieving the goal.  Yes, it’s hard work, mostly in the mind-set, but as I said it’s totally worth it – life is great when you get where you want to go.

If you’re interested you’ll do what is convenient –

If you’re committed you’ll do what it takes!


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