Have you ever heard the expression burn your boats?

I think I may have mentioned it in a recent blog.

Anyhow the origin of the saying I believe comes from passed down stories of ancient greek warriors. Once these warriors landed on enemy shores, their commanding officer would order the ‘boats to be burned’. This meant there was no turning back, no retreat and no surrender.

It was victory or death.

Which made this tactic was very effective.

And it was highly effective because by burning the boats they had made a COMMITTED DECISION.

If we’re after better outcomes in our sport and life then we better burn our boats. There is no place for mediocrity here.

A decision only takes but a mere moment in time. In an instant you can change your world by the committed decisions you make.

I have this quote on my cork board in my office; it’s by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. “Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back– Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”

Want to get to Kona, break 9/10/11/12/13/14 hour marks in Ironman. You may just want to run faster off the bike, or become an Über biker?

Any of those things is going to take a committed decision and only a decision YOU can make.

It’s going to mean getting to bed earlier so you get 7-8 hours of sleep every day. Day-inn and day-out. It means you are going to have to show up in training, day-in and day-out and by show up, I don’t mean going through the motions of training. I mean BEING there. Being focused, thinking about your form, embracing ‘the suck” (as Macca says), redefining your own self imposed limitations.

It means no more excuses. no more self-justification on slacking it little (i.e. this one time won’t hurt).

Greatness is not a thing that you are, greatness is a thing that you do.

Alas, you can only become great when you decide to burn your boats.

I say let em burn and I encourage you to come along with me and reveal in the beauty of that committed decision.

Tomorrow, I’ll have an opportunity for you to do just that. But for now I need to get ready to present at the SPRINZ Strength & Conditioning Conference here in Auckland.

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“I have been working with Kristian for over 4 years now and in that time he has transformed my approach to triathlon, to training, to nutrition, to recovery and to life in general. Rather than sending cereal packet plans to his athletes Kristian truly gets to understand an individual and what works for them. There are no secrets, and it is not easy. But having someone who believes in you, and who wants you to succeed, guiding you through every step of the journey is one of the most powerful ways to ensure you get the most return for every second of your time and your effort. Kristian has dragged me up to the very pointy end of my AG and I know that very soon I’ll be standing on the beach at Kona, towing the line against the very best athletes around. I owe much of that to Kristian, to his awesome coaching and to his absolute passion for success” Kevin Lucas.

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