On Dedication

In the email I sent to my newsletter this morning (sign up at the bottom of this post), I talked about dedication, but I thought I would post here as well because this concept is so important to everything that we do in life.

The word dedication means being committed to a task or purpose.

A few months ago I went on a 10-day juice fast. For those of you unfamiliar with the concept, I juiced raw vegetables and that’s all I had in terms of nutrition for 10-days straight. No actual food, just vegetable juice.

One of the best ways to make sure that you do something is to tell other people that you’re doing it.

However, when I told people about my juice fast, they thought I was crazy. “You’re not going to eat for 10 days?”

“Damn straight.”

Many people say the hardest part of a juice fast is the first three days. The basic consensus is that you’re going to feel like crap, but once you hit that fourth day, you’re golden. There is so much hype around this being difficult, that I went into it expecting the worse, and it actually wasn’t that bad at all.

I shed 20 pounds in those 10 days, and kept it all off. Why? Because I stuck to it, I got it done, I didn’t give up.

That’s what dedication is. Not giving up, sticking to something that you say you’re going to do.

Ever since that juice fast, I’ve tried to live my life by two principles: dedication and honesty. And not only honesty to other people, but honesty to myself.

Today, I want you to make a promise to yourself to be dedicated to something. I don’t care what it is. It could be to wake up earlier everyday, to work out twice a week, to stop drinking soda, to go on a juice fast. It can be big, it can be small, it doesn’t matter.

What matters is that you do it. That you remain dedicated to it, so you can prove to yourself that “Anything Is Possible.”

In fact, I believe in this concept so much, that I actually got it tattooed on my arm permanently:

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But here’s step two. Don’t just make that promise to yourself, put it out there, put it in public. Comment with your promise to yourself below and I’ll check up on you to make sure that you follow through.

And I want you to check up on me too, so here’s my promise: I’m going to write a blog post every single day.

Maya is on my email list, and sent me a link to this great app: Lift.do. All you do is set goals, how often you want to complete them, and it will ask you if you have completed your goals for that day. There’s also a community aspect to it, to help keep people accountable, so search for “Matt Kremer” and add me too.

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