Are You Ready to Give Up?

Sometimes I feel like quitting. I know I am not alone. We all have those days.

We all have days where we feel that what we have to say does not matter. Days where we are discouraged and wonder if our message is making any difference in the world. We all struggle at times feeling like all our hard work is for naught.

When this happens, I remind myself that God has called me to this task and I must continue until He tells me to stop. I remind myself that I that I will overcome and that better is coming as Revelation 3 says:

Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.

So often, we don’t see the results of our hard labor. Yet you never know, tomorrow might just be the day that everything comes together or you hear from a reader just how important your message was in her life.

If you are having one of those days where you feel like quitting, then read this poem is for you.

Don’t Quit
By John Greenleaf Whittier

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,

When care is pressing you down a bit—
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns.

And many a fellow turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out.
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow—
You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and faltering man;
Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victor’s cup;

And he learned too late when the night came down,
How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out—
The silver tint in the clouds of doubt,

And you never can tell how close you are,
It might be near when it seems afar;
So, stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit—
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.

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Are You Lacking Motivation?

Maybe you know that you should get started on or finish your next book, but haven’t found the drive. Maybe you know you need to do more book promotion, but can’t find the urge.

Sometimes discouragement is the cause of the lack of motivation. What you expected didn’t happen. What you hoped for did not come true. Your book has not sold as many copies as you thought it would.

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Sometimes lack of inspiration is the culprit. You don’t feel sparked with a story or topic. You don’t feel emboldened with ideas to add value to people’s life through content marketing.

When you find yourself lacking the desire or impetus to move ahead on your book or marketing project, try these four ideas to arouse your motivation.

1. Find Your Mantra.

A mantra is a saying that you repeat to yourself to remind yourself of a truth. Your mantra does not need to be long, it can be short. It just needs to be meaningful. Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing for creating a mantra that helps you stay motivated when your momentum flags.

  • I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.
  • A journey of a thousand miles begins with one small step.
  • Excellence does not require perfection.
  • God holds my hand and says do not fear, I will help you.
  • I can and I will.
  • God has called me to do this thing.
  • Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.

2. Set Daily Goals.

Create a daily goal for yourself that is achievable. Your goal may be to spend an hour everyday working on your manuscript. It might be to engage in three book promotion activities every day. Make your goal specific and achievable.

3. Establish a Routine.

Once you have set your daily goals, establish a daily routine that includes time to perform the task of your goal. You might decide to go to bed an hour earlier every night so you can get up an hour earlier to write. You might choose to engage in your marketing activities right after lunch each day so that you don’t get to the end of the day and say, “I didn’t have time.” It’s all about making time in your day for the activities that are important.

4. Reward Yourself.

When you have accomplished your goal, give yourself a reward. If your long-term goal is to finish your book, then rewarding yourself when you complete the book is great. However, you can also give yourself intermediate rewards for just writing every day during the week. At the end of the week, give yourself a reward.

I encourage you to remember that God is your strength. Any task that he has called you to, he will help you accomplish. Simply start. Implement these four ideas and keep moving forward!

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