Saturday, September 15, 2012

Day 21: Your Journey Begins

Back in the day, Hernando Cortes had a plan. He wanted to lead an expedition into Mexico to obtain its many treasures, so he presented his plan to the Spanish governor, who was so excited that he gave him 11 ships and 700 men. However, homeboy Cortes did not tell the men or the governor the complete plan. After months of travel, the 11 ships landed in Veracruz, MX on April 21, 1519 and Cortes had his men unload everything from all the ships. As they headed into their new adventure, the men turned back and saw the 11 ships burning! Their reaction was to fight back, as surely an enemy had initiated such an attack. But Cortes halted the men, as this was in his plan. He had ordered the ships to be burned. Cortes did not know what he and his men would encounter in their expeditions, but what he did know was that by burning the ships he had completely eliminated their option of going back–while creating an intensely powerful motivation to succeed.

   On Day 21 we will finally burn the ships of our former selves if we truly want to succeed on this journey.

About the Author: James Hackley is an author, inspirational speaker, and a philanthropist who earned a B.S. degree in Physics from Longwood College and an M.S. degree in Engineering from the University of Virginia.  He's the founder of Omega Consulting Enterprises, chaplain of a local chapter of Omega Psi Phi fraternity, and faithfully attends Holy & Whole Life Changing Ministries International in Lansdowne, Va. His latest book, Body, Mind & Spirit: The Awakening can be purchased by visiting him at ,, and

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