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?
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