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You're frustrated.

You likely have a goal or project in mind that you're trying to accomplish, but for some reason or another, it's not happening.

You may even want to quit.

According to's, Stephen Key, staying motivated is even harder when it comes to challenging projects that seem to drag on and on. That doesn’t mean you should shy away from them, though. Use these tips and strategies to stay focused and on track.

1. Feed your soul

There are a lot of ways to do this. Professionally, I find that the best way to feed my soul is to surround myself with people who are positive and who have my best interests at heart. I need all the support I can muster, and they help lift me up.

If I’m working in a team, I know how much I benefit from relying on them. I keep in touch. I brainstorm with them.

I ask for their opinions. More often than not, simply asking a co-worker or someone I respect for their opinion leads me to a solution for a problem that has been vexing me. And it’s so easy to do!

2. Don’t lose sight of the big picture

What's it all about, anyway?

Have you forgotten? Most of us do, to one extent or another, because we’re focusing on the daily grind. Do whatever it takes to keep your goal in sight.

Write it down on a huge sticky note and plaster that note to your computer. Find an image that represents your goal and hang it in your line of vision.

Thinking about why I’m working so hard always reenergizes me!

3. Ask for help

When something isn’t working, stop and ask your boss, manager or mentor for their advice.

Don’t wait too long to ask!

When I find myself feeling stuck, I know someone with more experience might be able to shed some light on my problem. Listen, but also ask a lot of questions.

I still call my mentor when I’m stressed out, because he always helps get me back on track. He can see the big picture when I’ve lost it.

4. Get inspired

When I need a little pick-me-up, I read The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz. It never fails to remind me of what I am capable of, and how to achieve it.

What books or blogs inspire you?

5. Have a hobby

What gives you joy outside of work?

If you have trouble answering this question, then you may have a problem. I don’t have many hobbies, but I do have one: I love to garden.

My backyard is my domain. I don’t depend on other people to do it and it’s always available to me. When I’m feeling low or overwhelmed, I work in the dirt. I find it very relaxing. Then I return to my desk a little more light-hearted.

6. Give back

Stop focusing so intently on yourself and your business for a bit.

Find a way to help someone else. Donate your time.

If I’m losing my magic, this helps without fail.

Staying motivated isn’t easy, especially when the goal you’re working towards seems as far out of reach as ever.

Try not to get too down on yourself. Likewise, don’t get too excited when things are going well!

Success takes time. There will be stops and starts.

You’ve heard this before, but I’ll say it again: You had better try to enjoy the journey, because, speaking from experience, reaching the top won’t feel as great as you think it will.

Well said Stephen. Thank you for the tips.

So, what are you doing to stay motivated during frustrating times?

If what you're going after is truly worth it then don't give up.

You can make it reality.

I wish you good luck on that journey.

To your success,


Michael Palmer

Article by Michael Palmer

Michael is the CEO of Pure Bookkeeping, the host of The Successful Bookkeeper podcast and an acclaimed business coach who has helped hundreds of bookkeepers across the world push through their fears and exponentially grow their businesses and achieve the quality of life they've always wanted.