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How To Push Through When You Feel Like Quitting

Have you ever committed to a project, only to realize, once you got started, that you didn’t actually want to do it? I’m not just talking about burn out here. I’m talking, you’ve taken breaks, you’ve filled up your inspiration tank, you’ve returned to the project and felt like crying, because you actually do not want to finish it.

I know I’ve hit this point once or twice in some of my larger commissions. These ones are harder, because you know you won’t be able to just finish them up real quick. You know you may have to put months of work into it.

But what do you do? You’re not a quitter. You can’t just go to your commissioner and say, “Actually, no, I don’t really want to do this.” So what do you do?

Here are a few tips that have helped me.

Make a Game Plan

Alright, you’ve made a commitment and you’re going to stick to it. That’s a gutsy thing to do. So first things first, it’s time to make a game plan.

Where are you going to start? Where steps are you going to take to reach the finish line? Break your project into a series of steps and write them down. If nothing else, it will make your project seem less daunting. But hopefully it will give you a clearer vision on how to approach your project. Sometimes just the feeling of not knowing what to do, or how to go about doing something is enough to make you feel like quitting.

So you have your list now. This is your game plan.

Take It One Step at a Time

Still don’t feel like working on that project? That’s okay. Take a deep breath and look at your game plan. Then take the first step you wrote down.

One of the main things that can make a project feel overwhelming is looking at it as a whole.

So just take the one step. And then take another. You’re already two steps closer to the finish line. Reward your self with a happy dance or maybe some brownies…

Then get back to work.

Reward Yourself

Like I said before…. Brownies. Need I say more?

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Maybe you’re not a brownie person. Whatever your thing is, set your goal for the day, and then reward yourself when you’ve completed that goal. It doesn’t have to be something big, like brownies. It could be something small… like mini brownies. *awkward thumbs up*

Start Over

I know, I know. This may sound insane.

You’re probably thinking, “Wait, what? I can’t just start over? What about all the hard work I’ve done? What about all the time I’ve put into this?”

Well, yes. I’m an artist and I can totally understand this reaction. But take it from someone who has started over several times.

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Line art that I had to make twice because the first one was slightly too big. This was not fun, or easy, but it was worth it.

Take it from someone who has painted over a mural and completely restarted. It’s hard, but sometimes you need to do that. (Still not done with that mural. But so far things are looking up, and I’m excited about the project again! 😃)

I’ve realized it’s not always the project that I don’t want to do. Sometimes it’s the way I’m doing it that makes me want to quit.

So don’t be afraid of starting over. If nothing else, you’ll learn something in the process, and that will make it worth your time.

Give It Your Very Best

Well, when all else fails, sometimes you just need to look the desire to quit in the eyes and laugh at it.

It may make you want to drop everything and become a brownie chef.

Keep going anyway.

It might tempt you to stay in bed and try to forget that you have any responsibilities. 

Be lionhearted. Get up. Read your Bible. Pray. Listen to your favorite song.

Sometimes all you can see is the desire to give up.

Stop. Remember Who created you. Remember He didn’t create you to be quitter. Remember that he died for you because He loves you and wants you to live a life of victory.

Rededicate your project to Him, and then give Him your very best.


Well, that’s it folks. I hope this has encouraged you to keep going and pushing through till the end. I’m cheering you on!

And I just want to make some brownies now.

Chalice out. 🙂

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11 Replies to “How To Push Through When You Feel Like Quitting”

  1. Well, THAT was timely! We just talked about “nonostante” this morning. The Italian word for “despite”… as in, we’ve messed up and fallen behind, but nonostante, we will pick up and keep going and do better!

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  2. Thank you so much for this post, Chalice. You’ve inspired me! I’ll be skating around the house in my socks like a ninja and belting DON’T GIIIIVE UUUP and my siblings will be like what. XD

    I think that often people don’t see the intense work ethic behind the dreamers and the artists. Making art is hard. Writing is hard. Doing anything creative requires you to push through the “wow this is definitely not what I wanted” and “why can’t I express what I want” and all those negative reactions that eventually push you toward a better product.

    and also…I will do so much work if I have brownies as an incentive. XD

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    1. Aw, Emma, your comment made my day! ❤

      That is so true, even as an artist it’s pretty easy to romanticize the creative process and see only the easy and fun parts. 😝 So thank you for understanding. 😊

      Haha, yes! Never underestimate the power of some good brownies. 😆

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