Burn your ships!
Every person who wins in any undertaking must be willing to “burn his ships” and cut all sources of retreat. That is: you win or you perish. Only by so doing can one be sure of maintaining that state of mind known as a BURNING DESIRE TO WIN, essential to success. This idea of having only success as an outcome is what allowed Edward Barnes, the warriors at battle and Napoleon Hill’s son to win.
Barnes had a yearning, a pulsating desire to be Edison’s business partner. Because he allowed himself just one option (success) he was able to place all his energy, all his willpower, all his effort to achieve the goal. Edward Barnes eventually become Edison’s business partner. He won.
A warrior led his army against a powerful enemy whose men outnumbered his own. When they got to enemy territory, he ordered for the ships that had carried them there to be burnt down. Addressing his men before the first battle, he said, “You see the boats going up in smoke. That means that we cannot leave these shores alive unless we win! We now have no choice—we win, or we perish!”. They won.
The author’s son was born a deaf mute. He mixed faith with desire for normal hearing for his son. With believe and through persistent continuous effort over a period of time, his son was able to hear.
When you have a plan B, it is hard to stay motivated. At the first sign of obstacle, you will give up and run back to your comfort zone because you allowed yourself something to fall back on. When you truly ‘burn your ships’ it’s almost like magic. All your energy, all your conscious mind and sub-conscious mind has only the option to figure out how to succeed. And of course – then you do. This is how the universe works.