Let me tell you a little story about Spanish Conquistador Hernán Cortés who led his men to newly discovered Mexico in the year 1519. Cortés wanted to conquer the powerful Aztec empire and claim the territory for Spain.
When they landed near the present-day site of Vera Cruz on April 21, he did something his men did not expect, and ordered his men to burn their ships.
The soldiers were stunned, shocked, but were obedient and did as instructed.
Can you imagine how the soldiers felt watching their ships go up in flames, knowing there was no escape but to conquer or die? They destroyed all possible way to escape…
To make along story short, they found a new level of commitment, and knew the only way to get back to Spain was to conquer the Aztecs!
A little more than two years later, after numerous battles, setbacks, and losses, victory was finally complete when the emperor surrendered and the Aztec empire was no more.
Now pay attention here to what was taking place. Based on a single decision to burn their boats, new levels of commitment were put into action.
Think about this for a moment.
How does this apply to your everyday life with your own level of commitments? We always hear the phrase to never burn your bridges, and that is a true statement. I wouldn’t ask you to burn your bridges if you didn’t have to, but sometimes when we desire change in our own lives we’re unable to let go of what’s keeping us from moving forward.
Everyone has dreams; some dreams are just buried deeper than others, but it’s there…You may not see it due to your own perspective of your circumstances, but it’s there. And it’s waiting to be recaptured and lived out fully.
So what is it that you really want to do…Really? What will make you the happiest? What escape route is keeping you from moving in that direction?
If where you are in life is not acceptable and you know there has got to be a better way to get to where you want to be, what bold action are you willing to take that will force you to a new level of commitment?
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