Is it time to burn the boats…
There is always resistance. That noise that you don’t want to hear.
At the very least it’s your own, urging caution, maybe even shouting retreat, persuading you to change direction.
Sometimes it’s deafening. The only voice that you can hear.
It might be external voices, perhaps those closest to you? Perhaps those who you trust and have faith in. It might be those energy sappers you don’t listen to but just now you feel like you should?
These days we understand more than ever about communicating with ourselves and our mind but we still don’t understand much and maybe we never will.
What’s important is not the mechanism of why, but our ability to manage ourselves, not to change but to manage.
Change might be a fundamental for some having said that, but actually change can come from effective management I believe.
We need to accept this next statement NOW: It’s not going to go away, the noise is always going to be there.
Once we accept that management is where progress occurs we can start to make things happen.
The first phase is turning your back on the noise.
If you want to conduct the orchestra you have to turn your back on the crowd.
Even though the crowd might be booing.
Your ideas might just be the right ones. The right ones for YOU. Ever thought of that?
Use the ready fire aim approach.
That’s not a typo.
Fire something out there and learn from the feedback.
Then you can aim.
The second phase is commitment.
Alexander the great was famed for using the quote ‘Burn the boats’ when his troops were in a hard place attempting to conquer Persia.
Burning the boats forced his troops to commit.
Literally their was no way back. Retreat wasn’t possible.
What does that mean?
You fight harder to be a success.
They were outnumbered 5:1 and still conquered the most powerful army in the world at the time.
Is it time for you to burn the boats? If you’re dragging along baggage that’s slowing you down, that’s hurting you, it might be time to think about it.
Let’s apply this logically and introduce a term I call ‘the power position’.
For many of us this might just be key.
In order to burn the boats we need to put ourselves in a position of relative power.
To start your own business you need to have some funds spare to survive in the short term.
The career change you seek will come more quickly if you work on that network.
If you want to open your own gym you probably should have enough cash to survive for 90 days so you can generate some income.
If you want to leave your job you probably should have built up a side business of some kind first so you can minimise the risk involved.
These are positions of power that make burning the boats a possibility.
They make the leap to the other side a reality.
Whatever you do, you are going to have to listen to yourself, believe in yourself, turn your back on the crowd and give it your all. This way you at least have a chance of success.
Burning the boats has become a phrase of legend, we love an underdog, we love a story.
Now it’s time to build your story.
To your success,
PS: Here’s a few things that could put you in a position of power: