Want to Motivate Your Team or Staff?…

“Burn the Boats” Approach to a Mission!

In February 1519, Hernando Cortez set sail on the final leg of an ocean voyage that was to take him from Cuba to the distant shores of the Yucatan.

He commanded 11 ships with more than 500 soldiers, 100 sailors, and 16 horses, bound for Mexico to take the world’s greatest treasure. The rare jewels, gold, silver, and sculptures sheltered on the Yucatan had been hoarded by the same army for 600 years.

Cortez had heard of riches of the Yucatan. With his men they arrived on shore. They did not go and take the treasure immediately, they waited until they were ready.

Then Cortez told his men to “Burn the boats.”

The men were outraged wondering how they were going to get back to their families!

Cortez told them to Burn the Boats and they would conquer the Yucatan army and gain their fortune. They would take the Yucatan’s boats home!!

With your season right around the corner, it is time for you to let your troops know that they must conquer every challenge.Possible

1.  Create a questionnaire for your team that includes roles and goals encompassing individual, team and program goals for the season.

2. Set responsibilities for your staff and make them accountable.

3.  Define who you are as a team and work on your strengths.

4.  Create a plan to build will and skill in every workout

5. Post goals, reminders, and one mission statement…Don’t try to take more than one hill at a time!

And finally, John R. Wooden said…

“Goals achieved with little effort are seldom worthwhile or lasting.”