Don’t Give Up On Your Goals: Motivation Monday

Motivational quote for Motivation Monday. I didn't come this far only to come this far. Inspiration for writers.

Don’t Give Up On Your Goals: Motivation Monday

I’ve been writing my book for what feels like forever.

I’m nearing the ending stages and am now deep in the throes of editing, revising, and addressing my editor’s comments.

And you know what? I’m discovering that this is the most difficult part of the writing process.

It’s not the research.

It’s not forming the argument.

It is not even writing the 250-300 page book.

Rather, it’s taking the comments, criticisms, and suggestions from my readers, incorporating them into my work, and turning it into a finished product of which I am proud.

Don't Give Up On Your Goals: Motivation Monday

Somedays I will spend the entire day writing four sentences or finalizing one tiny paragraph.

I feel like I am constantly tweaking sentences and re-wording phrases.

I swear somedays I actually undo the progress I made the day before; it’s on those days in particular that I feel like throwing in the towel.

Don't Give Up On Your Goals: Motivation Monday

The Shift

This past Saturday, however, as I was metaphorically banging my head against my desk, I came across the quote that read, “I didn’t come this far only to come this far.”

And although it is a simple statement, it spoke loudly to me.

I’ve spent years working on this book.

I couldn’t begin to guess the number of hours I have sat in libraries, poring over microfilms, studying scores, researching materials, and writing, writing, writing.

I’ve worked hard, and although the process is slow – and at times incredibly arduous – in the end, I will have something to show for it.

I didn’t come this far only to come this far.

Don't Give Up On Your Goals: Motivation Monday

Will the finished product be perfect?

Don't Give Up On Your Goals: Motivation Monday

No, it probably won’t. As writer Elizabeth Gilbert reminds us, the only thing that is perfect in the writing process is a blank page.

Nevertheless, my imperfect labor of love will be something in which I take pride. If anything, it will be a tangible product that represents all of the figurative blood and literal sweat and tears that went into making it.

I didn’t come this far only to come this far. I will finish.

Are you facing any big hurdles in your work or home life right now? Do you ever feel like throwing in the towel? How do you keep going? What is your motivation to persist? Let me know below!

28 thoughts on “Don’t Give Up On Your Goals: Motivation Monday”

  1. I love this post. Writing is tough. Beyond tough. I’m the same way…editing and rewriting small phrases and stuff. It can be crazy making but I think it’s a sign of a good writer too. What’s your book about?

    1. Thanks so much, Elizabeth. My book is about film music from the 1940s, and the role Aaron Copland played in Hollywood at the time. It’s an extension of my dissertation, so I’ve been working with the topic for quite a while!

  2. sophisticatedrustblog

    So, so awesome you are writing a book! And it is SO true, you didn’t come this far to quit now, you’ve got this and it will be worth it in the end!

    1. Thanks so much, Kathryn. It is nice to know that other people feel the same way and it’s not just me!

  3. This quote is genius in its truth and simplicity! Have never (yet?) attempted to write a book, but I’m always neck-deep in half-finished projects.

    1. I agree, Juli. It is applicable for any project, goal, or life plan. As Dory says in Finding Nemo, “Just Keep Swimming!”:)

  4. How awesome to be writing a book but I can imagine that some days you don’t just feel it! I love this saying and will remember it! We have had a full on couple of years and are just starting to see the light so I think this is perfect!

    1. Thank you, Suzy. I am so glad you are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel <3

  5. Ashley |

    Wow I needed that today! Bowing down to you for writing your book- I am just beginning one and I’m already overwhelmed. Thank you for your inspiring words and keep your chin up! You’re near the finish line!

  6. This post is so motivating! It’s great that you’re feeling ready to go ahead and finish your book now. It’ll be such an amazing achievement when you’re done! 🙂

    Kat –

  7. OmGosh! Love your post and your transparency! You’ve got this! Keep Pushing on! It may feel like you are in the trenches right now, but you are just a Short season away from reaping all the hard work you have sewn!

  8. Congrats on your book. I can’t imagine the hours that went into it, sometimes my blog posts seem like I have worked on them forever. Can’t wait to hear more about your book.

    1. Thank you! Yes, I can totally relate to the blog posts taking forever. Labors of love, right?

    1. Thank you! I hear you – it’s a daunting thing to start. I hope you do find the time, however. You are such a beautiful writer! I just love reading your posts 🙂

  9. I feel you! I’ve been working on a book for waaaay toooo looong! Congrats on getting to the final editing stage! (I’m still in my first round of self-edits.) It will feel amazing when you’re done!

    1. Thanks, Christine. And congrats to you as well – getting the first draft done is a beast!

  10. Be You and Thrive

    I love this Paula and big congrats on writing the book. I think we so belittle our efforts as individuals and when they form around our passions, we forget our humanness of being perfectly imperfect! I do my best to honor my progress on the daily and reframe any thoughts of negativity or doubt. I think keeping in mind the good ol’ idea of not taking things personally has benefited me along my journey as well. Have fun and enjoy the final stretch to publishing your creation! xo~ D

    1. Thanks so much for these kind comments. You are absolutely right – learning to reframe our thoughts and avoid taking things too seriously are so important to keep us going strong.

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