At the beginning of this year I did my first Q&A video. I reached out to my community for questions and I got a myriad of questions ranging from hair to business to faith. One of the questions came from my blogger friend MJ of FabHauteMama. She wanted to know, how I stay motivated. This isn’t the first time I have gotten this question, but I have never addressed it here on the blog so, today I wanted to share my tips for staying motivated, when you feel like quitting.
Navigating the online space can be difficult. As someone who has been creating content for close to 5 years, I know this for a fact. Whether you blog/create content or work in some other field, there may be a time when you feel like quitting. While I can’t honestly say that I ever felt like giving up on blogging, there have been times when I have been tempted to quit some other associated activities.
Making the decision to quit is sometimes necessary, if doing the thing you are about to quit, no longer serves you. However, here are some tips for staying motivated and pushing forward if you are committed to seeing results.
1) Go back to your WHY
Think about why you started. Do you still want to achieve that goal that you set? If the answer is yes, then keep going. The road may be littered in twists and turns, but let your WHY motivate you to keep going.
2) Change your course “aka” Pivot
Yes, sometimes you may need to change your course. Part of growing is also knowing when it’s time to pivot. Pivoting does not mean that you are quitting. It just means that it’s time to take a different path to achieve your goals. As an example, for me, my season of blogging *solely* about hair was over. I knew that I was being led to open up and share more here on the blog. I was very open about feeling unmotivated in this post so I knew it was time to pivot. If you are feeling unmotivated, don’t quit, try pivoting instead.
3) Seek Accountability & Help
Quitting is very easy to do when you’re feeling unmotivated. While you can’t depend on anyone else to take action for you, being around people who are going to push you and hold you accountable goes a long way. Sometimes you may be tempted to quit, because you are not 100% clear about how to navigate certain things. If that is the case, get help. Enroll in courses, seek out a mentor or hire a coach (or someone who has been where you’re trying to go), to guide you. I can tell you from personal experience, that gaining clarity is one of the best things you can do for yourself or your business.
4) Take a break
“Rest if you must but don’t you quit!”.
This is my favorite line from the inspirational poem appropriately titled “Don’t Quit”. I first learned this poem when I was about 10 years old, and after having to memorize and recite it numerous times, it has stuck with me throughout adulthood. If you are feeling unmotivated and you are ready to quit, take a break. You may find that you are just overwhelmed and need time to clear your head and strategize before you make your next move.
Check out my answer to the MJ’s question in the video below. It’s a long one, so you can skip to the 11:06 mark for my answer.