Why You Must Burn the Boats Behind You

Retreating is for suckers

Daniel P. Donovan
2 min readMar 1, 2021
Photo by Bruce Warrington on Unsplash

There’s something liberating about “burning the boats behind you.”

Leaving yourself with no means of escape or retreat.

Having no way to go back on a decision you’ve already made.

You force yourself to go forward.

You force yourself to move ahead.

You force yourself to face your fears because, behind you, there isn’t anything left.

No plan B.

No recourse.

Your only option is what’s in front of you.

And that’s important.

Why? Because oftentimes, if you can escape, YOU WILL escape.

If you can go back, YOU WILL go back.

If you can change your mind, YOU WILL change it.

If the option is there, you’ll take it.

You can see where I’m going here.

BUT, if you “burn the boats behind you”…

If you never have a Plan B or C…

If you leave no means to escape or retreat…

You’re forced to keep going.

You’re forced to make it work.

You’re forced to find success.

And YOU WILL find success.

Simply because you have no other option.

Facing your fears can be a very challenging thing to do.

And it can be EVEN MORE challenging when you know you can turn around and run away when things get scary.

The solution? Burn the boats behind you.

Give yourself no way of going back.

If you do, I promise you’ll get ahead…

And I promise you’ll surprise yourself along the way.

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