13 Ways to Stay Motivated When 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.

This article first appeared on jetmag.com. Click here and head over to read the additional steps to staying motivated without losing heart.