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13 Ways to Stay Motivated On Days You Want to Quit

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Creating the life you want can be an extremely rewarding experience, yet there are times when you may find yourself stuck in a place where you’re questioning yourself, your abilities, your competence, your gifts, and the list goes on. You wonder if the hard work is really worth it or if it’s best to just cut your losses, and quit. I really don’t think you can ever lose by betting on yourself and giving everything you’ve got to seeing your vision for your life manifested. However, practical issues call for practical solutions:

1. Get back to your “why”

Sometimes when feeling discouraged, you can easily forget why you thought your ideas would work in the first place. But your “why” is what originally fueled you to put your ideas in motion. So write down your “why” and put it on your desk so that you never forget what you’re working toward and why you’ve got to finish.

2. Create a checklist of measurable, actionable steps

When attempting to achieve your goals, it’s important to be able to track your progress. One way to do this is to create a daily checklist of actionable items. The list should include three to five action steps that are prioritized by level of importance.

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3. Phone a friend

Sometimes when things are not going as planned, you feel like you need to unplug and vent to one of your girlfriends. Do it. Having someone in your life who loves you, listens and provides some checks and balances is a great person to talk to about your frustrations, and then send you back into the wild to get back to work.

4. Commit to solving the problem quickly

If you want to quit because you’re having a difficult time figuring out how to get beyond a current challenge, don’t stop working through it until you come up with a way to fix it. So take a deep breath and send the email, ask the question, rework the plan. Do whatever is within reason to resolve the issue and bring things back to neutral. You can do this.

5. Reward yourself

It’s time to redefine your perspective on success. Perhaps you’re too focused on the goal, and have lost sight of your current achievements. Going forward, I suggest that you take a moment to list at least 10 things you’d like to do once you hit certain milestones. Doing so will give you something to look forward to while you’re working hard on achieving your big goals.

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6. Stop procrastinating

There is no better way to lose momentum in getting what you want than to procrastinate. Sometimes the very task that would get you over the hump is the least desirable and the one you keep putting off. I challenge you to do that task first. If it’s the only thing you accomplish today, you’ll be better for it, and a HUGE step closer to getting what you want.

7. Delegate the tasks that keep you from operating in your brilliance

One of the best ways to get motivated about your goals again is to connect with people who can help you get there. Everyone has her area of brilliance, including you. Instead of trying to do everything moderately well, focus on the areas that you excel in and outsource the rest. Websites such as,, and are perfect resources to use to find the help you need within any budget.

8. Designate time to just think

The world we live in is extremely fast paced. It’s easy to spin your wheels and be “busy” without really getting anything done. This is why it’s so valuable to plan time to step away from the noise and think.

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9. Read books and/or quote(s) from your favorite people

Social media has given us the amazing opportunity to access incredible people who we otherwise would have never known in our lifetime. If you’re following them, your timeline will probably be full of incredible quotes, articles, and suggested books that will inspire and motivate you to keep going.

10. Schedule breaks to do something fun

Let’s face it, sometimes you can be so enthralled with meeting your goal that you refuse to take a break. But you can’t sustain a lifestyle like that for very long without burning out. So instead of being forced into a break due to exhaustion or depression, schedule small ones along the way. You’ll find that creating memories while on your journey will make the whole process much more rewarding.

11. Be grateful

The truth is no matter how bad that business deal went down, there is someone who would pay money to be you on your worst day. So take some time to record all of the incredible things that have happened to you since you began pursuing your big goals.

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12. Pay it forward

Sometimes when we lose hope and motivation it’s because we’ve become a little too absorbed in our own affairs. While you’re on your journey to creating the best life ever, make it a point to stop and help someone else achieve their dreams as well. You’ll find that the time you take to teach, guide and encourage others will also inspire you to get back to work with a newfound vigor.

13. Stop being so hard on yourself

With everything that you’ve been through, you’ve come pretty far. Whether you’ve hit every goal on your list or not, the truth is that it’s taken a lot of courage and hard work to get where you are today. You’ve done well, and whatever mistakes you’ve made do not define you as a woman, professional, and/or business owner. So be kind to yourself, dust yourself off and get back at it.

About Latasha Michelle Kennedy


Latasha Michelle Kennedy is an actor, writer and producer. She has performed in several films and theatrical plays such as A Raisin in the Sun, Once Upon a Mattress, and Naomi in the Living Room. She has also sung for President William Clinton and for the inauguration of President Barack Obama. Follow Latasha and view her member profile at TheBOSSNetwork.

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