June 21: Dedicate Yourself to Yourself

Over the past 21 days we have covered a lot of topics surrounding personal motivation and growth.  We have discussed being outgoing, taking risks and even taking time for yourself.  While all of these actions seem enviable, most people will read my blog and start making excuses on why they support what I am writing, however, cannot pursue these actions themselves.

What happens a lot is that we lack dedication.  It happens to all of us, including me.

“Obsessed is just a word the lazy use to describe dedicated.” – Unknown

After I relaunched this blog, I told myself I was going to write a blog twice per week.  Then I embarked on my Epic Road Trip and did not post a blog for over 2 weeks.  When I returned, I wanted to dedicate my first few blogs to the Epic Road Trip recap.  Then life happened.  Work came up, home life took precedence, and my blog schedule slipped more.  It took me 2 months to get all of my blog posts surrounding my road trip online.

I disappointed myself.

If I wanted to make this blog a reality, at least in my eyes, why couldn’t I even get a few blog posts out on time?  I began to realize that while the blog fell down the priority list to me, I lacked dedication to making it a priority, even if it was a priority 3 or 4 on my list.

Back in March, in the midst of my procrastination with my Road Trip updates, I started a series of posts that would teach me to start small with dedication.  I started a Foto Friday post where I would post a photo from my personal gallery along with a short story depicting the background of the photo.  It was quick, it was easy, and it was only once per week.  No Epic Recap with an epic (and unrealistic) deadline, even if it was self-imposed.

Since March 18th, I have posted 13 updates, one per Friday.

The Foto Friday series has taught me that I have the ability to dedicate myself to a project, dedicate myself to myself.

With that in mind, June 1 came around, with my 31st birthday looming on the horizon a few days away.  I was really wanting to do something big for my birthday.  Something that I would be proud of.  Something that would help me set a tone for my blog, more so than I had in the previous few months with my blog.

That is when the 31 days and 31 ways to get busy livin’ your life was born.  For my 31st birthday, I would post 31 blogs meant to inspire my readers (both of you!!) to break out of your routine and start living your life to the fullest.  That would take me from June 1st through July 1st and would require 1 post per day.

I dedicated myself to uphold that goal.

21 days in, I have been 100% successful.  I have not missed 1 day, not 1 post.  I have had to work this around a few small weekend vacations, while keeping up my Foto Friday posts and I am proud to say I have not missed a single one.

Take something small to dedicate yourself to.  Dedicated time to your kids. Dedicate to leaving work on time. Dedicate to calling a loved one each day.  Dedicate yourself to something you know you have been slacking on.  Start small, build confidence, and teach yourself that it is okay to dedicate yourself to yourself and your own success.

Day 21. Way 21. Start small, build confidence, and teach yourself that it is okay to dedicate yourself to yourself and your own success.

Are you invested in your own success?

Have you dedicated yourself to yourself?

Share your success stories in the comments below!

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  • Its funny….just tonight I decided i need to dedicate myself to myself. Reading your blog just cemented the fact that i NEED to do it. Great post Justin and thank you for taking the time to write.  🙂

    • Glad it came at a time that you needed it!  Sometimes things just work out like that.

      Best of luck on your re-dedication 🙂

  • Nicki

    So you know that I’ve dedicated myself for healthier eating and lifestyle since well, just before coming to see you all last November. I laxed a little over Christmas with pending dinners and what not, but tried to still be as good in choices.

    Like you, I kicked myself in the ass and rededicated to be successful, setting a pretty high bar. I’m proud to say I’ve gone from 283 to 224, this morning since Mid March.

    I’m actually putting me and my health because ultimately I’ll be around a lot longer. I enjoy myself but in moderation, rather over indulging, making very calculated choices.

    Goal? Bikini on a cruise in January. Somewhat unrealistic, but hey girls have gotta have dreams.

    Kudos on your 21 of 31 thus far. Your dedication is truly admirable, as are many fine qualities that you possess.

    • Thanks momma!  The important thing is that if you stumble a little or miss a goal, not to get yourself down, but to push even harder as you go forward.

      Best of luck with your journey and so very much looking forward to seeing you in January! 🙂

  • Bryan

    I’ve pretty much dedicated myself 100% to my kids, and that’s about it.  So much so that I’m slacking in other things that need my attention. 

    I don’t have much in the way of a support system for anything outside of work and my kids, which saps my motivation to do anything else.

    • B – 

      Understand that completely.  I think it is important to start small with the dedication, rather than trying to bite off more than you can chew.  Also, being accountable is a big help.  Juliet has supported and pushed me to do my blog each day. Find something you want to dedicate yourself to do in the short term, and have Alisa hold you to it…

      At minimum, you will feel a sense of accomplishment and hopefully a little confidence that you can make/find time to get something accomplished that YOU want to accomplish.

  • Well said Justin. 

    When we don’t get around to doing something, it’s never usually a matter of the excuses we justify it with, put instead a lack of dedication to that idea.  

    But where there is dedication, there most certainly is a way.  Accountability sets in, and thus we are in the driver’s seat.  If we don’t have enough time, we can get up an hour earlier.  If we don’t have enough information, we can learn.  

    The outcomes are truly extraordinary when you, “dedicate yourself to yourself”

    Cheers!

    • Glad you enjoyed it Chris.

      I really think that personal motivation and goal setting is greatly skewed in society, as too many people set lofty goals but have very little follow through to find that success of accomplishment.

  • Love the motivation. I’ve been applying it to my own blog and have surprised myself with the results. It’s amazing what hard work and positive thinking can do- especially for a pessimist by nature like me!

    • Thanks for the comment Erik – Glad to hear it resonated with you.  Best of luck with your blog too, left you a comment over there

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  • I am such a fan of this entire series… And rereading this 1 today, I plan to dedicate myself to myself once again.

    Stay Adventurous, Craig