If You Want Plan A to Work, You Must Burn Plan B!

If You Want Plan A to Work, You Must Burn Plan B!

There are many ideas on how to become successful. Never have I come across one as simple and powerful as this: Burn Your Ships!

This idea comes from the story of Spanish Conquistador Hernando Cortez.

In 1519, Cortez landed his small force of 500 soldiers and 100 sailors on the shores of the Yucatan Peninsula in what is now Mexico.  They arrived in 11 ships, and they were very far from their homeland thousands of miles across the Atlantic Ocean.  Their purpose was to conquer to Aztecs, numbered in the millions, and seize their vast stores of gold.

Upon disembarking from the ships, Cortez announced a decision guaranteed to “motivate” his troops by putting them, quite literally, in a do-or-die position (sorry, I had to do it, re: the link).  He ordered all the ships burned, thereby cutting off any possible escape should events go poorly for them.  They had no choice: Succeed or Die Trying (I believe 50 Cent owes Cortez royalties).

It worked!  With this small force, he conquered all of Mexico and established a Spanish empire in the New World that lasted several hundred years.  By simply burning their ships, Cortez forced his troops to give their expedition nothing short of total commitment.

Today, several historians dispute the accuracy of the Cortez story but we can’t deny the power of what many of us consider the “Burn Your Ships” philosophy!

In particular, Burning Your Ships means:

1) Stop Half-Assing and start Whole-Assing!

2) Plan B Sucks! The best opportunity you can give Plan A to work is to throw Plan B away. Anything short of total commitment to your goal will guarantee either (A) complete failure or (B) even worse, years of limping along producing blasé, mediocre, so-so results.

3) You Can’t “Toe-Dip” If You Want To Achieve Success, You Must “Jump In Completely.”  This applies to anything in life!  You can’t say, “Well, hmmm, I think I’ll give it a try and see how it works out.”  Success requires a belief of vision that your goal will be met (point blank period). You must decide from the start, “Yes, this is what I will do, and I will succeed!”

4) Know You’re Going to Have To Fight For It. The story makes it sound like Cortez just rolled in to Mexico, burned his ships, and told the Aztecs “get down or lay down” and that was it. Not hardly. It took months of battles and many casualties to accomplish his goal. The false belief for many is that success somehow occurs overnight and without having to fight for it. Be prepared to go toe-to-toe for your goals and know you’re going to get hit and knocked down a few times. The question is: do you have the heart to get up and keep fighting!

If you want to succeed in the goals you have created for yourself, BURN YOUR SHIPS!!! 

 

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Sherlyne xxoo
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What a great article! I will burn my ship and fight for it!!! 🙂

Shawna K: BlissedOutBelle.com
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“Forget Plan B”, this is exactly what I tell my friends. The idea of having something to fall back on gives people way too much room to get comfortable, as opposed to having no options which forces you to fight to the finish. Personally, I like the “Do or Die” approach.
http://BlissedOutBelle.com

Marcia E Brown
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The musical reference will be enjoyed my “true” Memphians! LOL….Let me get the lighter for Plans B-Z. (It’s a Capricorn Thing)!!!

Juliann Butler-Green
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I am putting into motion my plan A and it’s all or nothing. I’ve been stagnant for way too long. My talents are wasting away! It’s time. I won’t let another year go by with no results. Thank you.

Carla Friday
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Paul Carrick Brunson, I think your site is down…getting an error when I try to go to it!

Renita Bryant
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Awesome post!

Paul Carrick Brunson
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Carla Friday – I just got on but we’re getting heavy traffic from yesterday’s post (it’s gone viral and I’m now seeing why we should have invested in that dedicated server…lol).

Paul Carrick Brunson
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Get it Richard Parchment!

Carla Friday
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well there you have it…your the bomb so the site is down…not the worst problem to have I suppose! Got to get that dedicated server so you can keep inspiring us! I still can’t get on, but I’ll try to reach your latest post later.

Catherine Brown
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wow

Zauditu
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This is food for thoought.

music4menu2
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Sometimes it does fail though, especially of there is/are more than 1 person involved. I’d love to marry a certain man, but he wants to be just friends..So  that plan a won’t work.. Believe me, that’s just one example..life has a strange way of getting in the way of some plans you make-and yes sometimes if you eliminate plan b, there’s nothing left..But still looking for some plan a’s that will work..

Novelist Sandra Krajewski
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Novelist Sandra Krajewski

Decided to let you be my complete inspiration!

Damaris Lozada
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why will i burn my ship? a good reason please

Tress Walker
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the only way off this island is to conquer/defeat the people on it..BURN THE SHIPS!!!!

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Paul Carrick Brunson
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Get it Renie Ashlie!!!

Renie Ashlie
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Thank I will

Michele David
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Thanks for the reminder -really needed it

Paul Carrick Brunson
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Michele David you’re welcome. Wishing you the best!

Kareena Carter
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Thank you! A lot of people in my life do not understand this mentality, but actions. Love it!

Arlene Bowen
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You hit the nail pan di head as wey my grandmother use to say..So needed this reminder Paul..Thank you

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