The 52 Week Pledge: Let’s Get Serious About ACCOUNTABILITY [Week 2]

Since beginning this journey to chase my dream, I have been incredibly amazed, not just at the number of people that have taken this year-long pledge and accepted the challenge, but more at the fact that new people keep hoping on this bandwagon to join us in this pursuit of achieving our goals. This weekend I found out that my boy decided to take the pledge, but this challenge has provided him with a very tumultuous week. Seeing as weight loss is one of his big goals, he called me this weekend in a frantic state because it was 1 AM in the morning and he was leaving a bar STARVING, and didn’t want to eat any BS food. He doesn’t know ENOUGH about nutrition to make healthy food choices [as he has JUST begun this journey] and he had no clue what to do if you are trying to lose weight, but hungry as hell at the same time. While struggling to communicate to him what he needed to do, a light bulb went off in my head: This is such a typical example of the struggles MANY of us are going through right now – finding ourselves in a familiarly bad place, without the SUPPORT we need to help us through THAT moment.


Being a writer, one of my biggest obstacles to overcome is staying motivated and avoiding distractions that keep me from doing everything EXCEPT writing. And it’s at THESE moments I wish I had someone to communicate my thoughts to [“C’mon bruh, get your raggedy-behind off of these old No Limit videos on Youtube and FOCUS!”]. And it dawned on me that we ALL have those moments too, and one of the BIGGEST parts of this challenge that we ALL PLEDGED to, was not only to chase OUR dreams but hold everyone else accountable for chasing their dreams as well.

As amazing as you all have been in fearlessly propelling yourselves in the direction of your goals, I think there is more we can do to help one another out and keeping each other accountable, so here’s my idea:

I have created a public LIST on Twitter on my page [@lincolnablades] called FIFTY-TWO WEEK PLEDGERS that I would like you all to provide your Twitter handles for [so we can all follow your success stories] and also subscribe to [so you can also stay updated on all of our trials, tribulations and triumphs right as they happen]. Obviously these lists will follow ALL of our tweets, so I would like you all to reference the hashtag #52WKPLEDGE whenever you are asking a question or posting a comment you want us ALL to see.

I know not everyone is on Twitter or even a big fan of using it, but I think this can be a GREAT method for helping us stay current on keeping each other on track. As always, we will still report our successes and setbacks here every Wednesday, but Twitter will just act as a nice intermediary in between the week. If you guys have any other ideas I would love to hear them too.

But mostly what I want to hear is HOW DID YOUR WEEK GO? Were you able to execute your first step to following your dream? What small step do you have planned for THIS week?

As always, keep grindin’ y’all.

This Is Your Conscience

When Lincoln Anthony Blades is not writing for his controversial and critically acclaimed blog, he can be found contributing articles for Uptown Magazine. Lincoln wrote the hilarious and insightful book "You're Not A Victim, You're A Volunteer: How To Stop Letting Love Kick Your Ass". He is also a public speaker who has sat on panels all over North America and the Caribbean.

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