Looking for motivation? Burn your boats
By Sandy Schussel
Sandy Schussel, LLC
When ancient Greek warriors landed on a shore to conquer an island, their generals motivated them in a powerful way: They ordered the boats that brought them to the island to be burned, so that there would be no way to retreat.
Burning your boats is a good way to motivate yourself to do the important things you need to do that you would otherwise continue to put off.
Here are a few boat-burning ideas:
Set a deadline for something you've been putting off, and promise it to your client on that date to give the deadline "teeth".
I publish an article for my blog and e-newsletter every week. Although it's certainly not my utmost priority, I have established the deadline for its publication to be Thursday mornings. I have also convinced myself that if it doesn't come out on a Thursday morning, my readers will notice and my credibility will be destroyed.
Hopefully, this isn't true, and I do have to be flexible to the other obligations that arise in my practice. But if my commitment is strong enough, the possibility of getting my articles out over the weekend instead, or of taking a week off from writing, is a boat I have completely burned.
Burning your boats will keep you motivated. Don't let yourself fall back from your plans and goals. Pull the safety net out from under you and commit to the results of your actions, before you even take them.