The 52 Week Pledge: MAINTAIN Your MOTIVATION [Week Four]

This is what we ALL said when we began this journey – but where are you today…?

Believe it or not folks, we have officially completed MONTH ONE of the 52-Week Pledge. I’m sure some of us feel like we started this pledge AGES ago because our schedules became so much more busy, it just feels like we have been going non-stop day-in and day-out. On the other hand, some of us will look at this one-month mark as time-flying by because we didn’t get to achieve as much as we hoped we would by the end of the first month, and the fact that we are 1/12th through the challenge makes things get VERY real, because that sounds a LOT shorter than 52 weeks. But wherever you are in this pledge, the only way you will make it to the end successfully, is by maintaining the original motivation that you BEGAN this challenge with.

Here is the ORIGINAL PLEDGE POSThttp://www.thisisyourconscience.com/2012/08/tiyc-presents-the-52-week-pledge-i-challenge-you-to-get-closer-to-your-dreams/

The reason I post that link above to the ORIGINAL challenge post every week is because I wholeheartedly want everyone to read it at least one a week to remember the motivation with which they chose to undertake this life-changing task. In fact, click on that link right now and go and read what many of the people wrote, and HOW emphatically they stated their goal. So many people were so INCREDIBLY ENERGIZED and INVIGORATED when taking the pledge that you could instantly tell this was of the UTMOST importance to them. Whether they wanted to lose weight, start a company, buy a house or just be a better significant other to their spouse, we were ALL ready to make a BIG difference in our lives and face all obstacles head on…

…But then life happens, and the real hills and valleys of chasing your dream, along with making ends meet, working a demanding job, dealing with unexpected tragedy all while trying to maintain some semblance of sanity, creates roadblocks to staying motivated. So three and four weeks after taking the pledge, some of us are just NOT as motivated in completing the end goal of realizing our dreams. And this is the moment, ONE month in, that you MUST remind yourself how much you OWE it to yourself to follow your dreams because you DESERVE it. So DON’T let your motivation wither away, because once THAT happens your dreams turn from a goal into a fantasy – an unrealistic improbability.

So one thing I want to do this week is for ALL of us to share ways to STAY motivated, based on what works for each of us. Personally, I use music to stay motivated that has messages central to me overcoming my obstacles, such as:

Believe it or not, this Young Jeezy [YES, Jeezy] song makes me want to complete every mind-numbing task I need to finish in order to get closer to my goals, with lyrics like:

“Got the weight of the world on my shoulders/
And I swear it feels like 10,000 boulders/
And it’s so heavy, but I’m so ready/
Feels like I was born for this/
If not, at least I die for it/
They said I couldn’t do it but I still try for it”

This Is Your Conscience

When Lincoln Anthony Blades is not writing for his controversial and critically acclaimed blog ThisIsYourConscience.com, 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.

21 Comments

  1. lincolnanthonyblades

    09/26/2012 at 3:53 AM

    Ladies & Gentlemen, What GOALS Did You Achieve In The Past 7 Days? How do you feel about your first official month of the 52 week pledge?

    Also, what do YOU do to stay motivated on following through with achieving your goals?

  2. lincolnanthonyblades

    09/26/2012 at 3:56 AM

    Well, in the past 7 days I got my first ever ebook onto Amazon and got my podcast onto iTunes, but more importantly I'm learning how to balance my schedule and still make time for leisure activities and sleep. That was definitely a goal I wanted to conquer right from the outset.

    One of my FAVOURITE motivation techniques besides listening to music, is speaking with other people who are chasing their goals. I feel your attitude really does determine your latitude, and therefore there's no time to hang around negative people who can ultimately affect your outlook.

    • GrandCentral

      09/26/2012 at 1:16 PM

      Congrats!

      You hit the iTunes at the right time. With the iPhone IOS upgrade there is a new podcast app. It's beautiful, your podcast loads right away and everything is sorted and in order. I got a reminder on Sunday that you were a new episode. Love it!!!

      Sleep is so important Lincoln. You do yourself no good, if you don't get adequate sleep. Arianna Huffington spoke to my women’s network at work last year and she gave a powerful speech on the importance of sleep. I am not saying this is you, but…. she said that men in business especially powerful men love to brag about how much sleep they don't need. She said it's the stupidest thing in the world, and they actually do us more harm than good. She had just took over the AOL Media Group and opened up offices in NYC and she was telling us she sleep rooms in the office so that employees can go take a two hour power nap. She couldn’t get anyone to use the room, so she had to start forcing employees to use the option to get them comfortable. She left us with an analogy “What if Lehman Brothers was Lehman Brother and Sisters, maybe the sisters would have seen the ship about to hit the iceberg earlier, and they could have turn the ship away into another direction.” You need sleep – make it a priority!

      I have a no negative people in my life policy that I adhere to with strictness! Even if you are not generally a negative person, if I call you to say hey and I catch any wind of negativity I immediately end the call. I can’t deal with it.

      • lincolnanthonyblades

        09/27/2012 at 2:27 AM

        Agree with you, and I have definitely made a lot more time for sleep than ever before.

    • Jesssssssss

      09/26/2012 at 2:16 PM

      The book is great! You are doing a bang up job on your talk show! I'm super proud and honored to be in your e-circle! Woohoo!

      Keep going! Amazing things lie ahead Linc!

      • lincolnanthonyblades

        09/27/2012 at 2:27 AM

        Thanks Jess, I appreciate everything you do!

    • Lia

      09/26/2012 at 4:53 PM

      Absolutely. The energy of a person who is chasing a goal is very different than someone who is complacent in life. Even if your goals are different than theirs, the energy and motivation to keep moving forward is undeniable. I've found that to be true in these past weeks.

      • lincolnanthonyblades

        09/27/2012 at 2:27 AM

        It's so important!

  3. GrandCentral

    09/26/2012 at 1:00 PM

    Ahhhh, it's very quiet today — I'll go first :)

    This week was pretty relaxed with nothing major happening. My entrepreneur boot camp sessions are going well. We had an assignment the first week to give our 30 second pitch, which I tanked. Then this past week, with no warning we were asked to give a revised pitch and it was judged against the prior week’s pitch. I did very well and received feedback that I had dramatically improved. I came up with more new ideas and refined my business plan a little more from my learnings. This goal is coming along and I will continue to work to make it a reality.

    Last week I talked about focusing on my writing and I took some time to do just that. I got the ball somewhat rolling on my novel and made plans to take certain steps. I also stepped up my blogging game and turned out a good piece. I was suffering from a severe case of writers block and frustration with the state of our political affairs, but I think it's almost gone. I got a lead yesterday and am working on something for the election. I plan to keep at it this week. For my novel I am going to create a timeline to hold myself accountable.

    Motivation! I live by motivation and really hate when people give that BS argument that people shouldn't need motivation, they should naturally want to do what they are supposed to do. NOT ME! I need motivation and seek it as much as possible. I am pretty high strung because I always have a lot going on and my mind is constantly running. Sometimes things can get pretty intense and I like to avoid that as much as possible. So the most important thing for me to do to remain motivated is to be relaxed and calm. Clean eating, exercise, music, reading and television (news) help me to do this. The most motivating thing for me to do is to talk to or read about people who were in my shoes and made it out into something bigger and greater. It fuels me. Sometimes we lose focus and have difficult staying motivated regardless of our tactics. When I find myself getting like this, I immediately stop everything in its tracks and force myself to get a good night’s sleep. You would be surprised what a good night’s sleep can do for your mind, body and soul. I find myself refocused and able to pick up where I left off, with greater drive and focus.

    • Jesssssssss

      09/26/2012 at 2:15 PM

      *Crickets* it is super quiet. Your posts are always relatable and on point. I need motivation with the simplest things so I feel you 100%!!!!

      Keep moving! Keep going! Don't quit! I'm rooting for you!

      *Hands GC and orange slice, a bottled water and a pat on the back*

      Let's keep going!

      • GrandCentral

        10/04/2012 at 12:53 AM

        Sorry I am so late responding. Thanks for all of your positive energy and encouragement.

    • lincolnanthonyblades

      09/27/2012 at 2:28 AM

      Great job! Question: What exactly is a 30 second pitch? Maybe some of us can benefit to know a couple tricks here and there.

  4. Jesssssssss

    09/26/2012 at 2:25 PM

    The last 7 days…
    Brandon's memorial svc was on Friday. I got an opportunity to sing for him and read a blog I wrote dedicated to him. I got to see many old friends and reconnect. I'm still a little weepy but each day its not as hard to see sunshine.

    I haven't written since last week. I posted a few old pieces to my blog, that I wrote many years ago (but no new material). I'm just taking a mental break i guess.

    I applied for a business grant to get things off the ground. Please think good thoughts concerning this. It would help me tremendously to be able to market myself appropriately.

    I joined a weight loss challenge and a walking program at my job. I'm leaning on my competitive nature to help me get the pounds off. I also have a weight loss goal that I would like to hit by my bday on 11/2.

    So, some things I'm treading water. Other things I'm moving fwd. No matter what, I'm not giving up. This challenged has helped me to not feel alone in this grind twds my dreams.

    Thanks so much for your support!!!! E-hugs for EVERYONE!!!!!

    Smooches!!!!!

    • lincolnanthonyblades

      09/27/2012 at 2:29 AM

      You're doing great! Don't worry about recycling old blogs, ALL bloggers do it. Sometimes your head is not in the right space to create fresh and original material.

      Definitely glad to be in YOUR circle.

  5. Lia

    09/26/2012 at 4:47 PM

    I'm really trying to stay focused on the goal, but my mind has a way of distracting me. Nevertheless, I wanted to see how much money I would save by making my lunch instead of buying it everyday. I've come to the realization that it's not even really about the food, it's more of a habit for me to head over to the mall during my lunch break. The other day, I wasn't even hungry and found myself almost compelled to go and buy myself something. It felt like I was talking myself off a ledge or something, because my mind was literally rationalizing reasons to head over there. Old habits truly do die hard…

    My motivation has really been coming from reading the bible. It is also one of my goals to read the bible for an hour each day. I recently read the story of David, and it was really inspiring. Before he goes to battle with Goliath, he's talking to Saul who basically tells David that he is not capable of doing what he sets out to do. It really touched me how despite how others may have seen him, David was confident that he could succeed. I think that sometimes I am my own Saul. I can psych myself out, even when I am more than capable of getting something done. That story empowers me to keep moving forward and believe in what I am capable of, even if I have to do so slowly.

    • Jesssssssss

      09/26/2012 at 5:19 PM

      Awesome!

    • lincolnanthonyblades

      09/27/2012 at 2:31 AM

      Great insight Lia! Did you save as much money as you wanted to?

  6. Moi

    09/30/2012 at 5:15 AM

    This has been a hectic week. The work event for which I was the head organiser has finally been done, and evethough I say so myself, it was real good. It was on an international level so that gives me more brownie points. Once again, my boss congratulated me. So all the sleepless nights and the stress prior to the event was worth it.

    As usual, music had helped me keep my head over the water. And I also listened to motivational videos, especially that of ET the Hip Hop preacher.
    This week hopefully I can get back to my healthy lifestyle regimen and by courses.

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