I am learning how to be “all in.”
My coach calls it burning the boats. I call it terrifying.
Burning the boats means you figuratively sail to new land and then burn the boats so you can’t go back. No matter how hard it is or what you face, you can only move forward. You’re all in.
I was reflecting this morning that my husband, Chad, is all in on earning his CFP, (Certified Financial Planner certification). There is no going back. Failure is not an option. He has put everything on hold (including Saturdays) to pass this test with flying colors. He is focused, determined, and is going to pass this test after a mere nine months of studying (it usually takes people around three years to get certified). He knows his WHY: he will be able to serve his clients at a deeper level even though he already has one of the top customer service scores nationally in his company. He is not resting on past success. He is raising the bar for himself and inspiring others to do the same. There is no other option but to succeed.
Most of us (hand raised) have a backup plan or an escape plan. If things don’t work out or if they get too hard, we know we can (and often do) bail. But does having an escape plan help us become who we need to be to reach our biggest, wildest, most audacious dreams?
I am pretty sure the answer to this question is NO.
You can be the person who kind of or almost reaches their dreams. But by not burning the boats, you won’t be a person who exceeds her/his expectations.
And that is the kind of person I want to be. I want to see what I can do in this life. I want to stretch my wings and see how far I can go. And I want to be amazed at all I (and my team) can accomplish.
Status quo is not good enough. The future me is making a huge difference in the world. To get there, I just need to go all in—go to the new land and burn the boats behind me. Terrifying as that is, can I do it?
Yes. Yes, I can. And you can too!
If you are ready to burn the boats with me, I want us to work together. Schedule a free call with me today.