Words to Keep You Going

BluebirdjpgObstacles are interesting things. They stall or stop our writing when we least expect it.

They show up disguised as sick children, demanding parents, unsupportive spouses, hostile work environments, personal illness, and many other things. This isn’t a joke, these things are real. And they can derail our writing faster than you can say, “I quit.”

To be a writer takes grit. Guts. Perseverance. It also takes personal growth. It takes facing obstacles every time they appear, and dealing with them. Some days it’s easy, and some days not so much.

I like motivational sayings because as cliché as some of them are, they resonate for me. I have them posted throughout my house in little frames here and there. Little reminders to stay positive, because being negative is so easy. And on those really bad days, the sound of breaking glass as one hits the wall provides its own kind of relief. Here are some of my favorites. Maybe they’ll help you get through a writing day that might not be so great.

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.”

~Mary Anne Radmacher~

“Wanting something is not enough. You must hunger for it. Your motivation must be absolutely compelling in order to overcome the obstacles that will invariably come your way.”

~Les Brown~

“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”

~Michael Jordan~

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in getting up every time we do.”


“Yesterday I dared to struggle. Today I dare to win.”

~Bernadette Devlin~

“Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.”

~Art Linkletter~

“Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you; they’re supposed to help you discover who you are.”

~Bernice Johnson Reagon~

“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”

~Albert Einstein~

And these two are my personal favorites. I have them posted on my writing desk.

“Winner’s never quit.”

~Dale Earnhardt, Sr.~

“You are the heroine in the story of your life. Act like it!”

~A play on the words of Joseph Campbell.~

Keep writing, my friends!

Do you have a favorite saying that motivates you on a tough day?

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About Sutton Fox

Sutton Fox has been published by Lyrical Press, Gypsy Shadow Publishing and wrote a bi-monthly column for an auto racing magazine for several years. She traded life in Bluegrass Country for life in the Windy City in a home she shares with The Man, a lonely cat, and her beloved dog, Lucy. When she’s not working the edj, you can find her writing or spending time with her extended family.

4 Responses to Words to Keep You Going

  1. Those are all great motivational quotes. I think my personal mantra comes form the kids book The Little Red Engine in which he puffs up the hill chanting, “I think I can, I think I can.” It might take him a little while and a lot of effort, but he never gives up and in the end he does it 🙂

  2. You are so right – and I so needed to hear this. We all have our setbacks and obstacles, it’s all about rising from them.

    My quote is:
    Nothing is predestined: The obstacles of your past can become the gateways that lead to new beginnings.
    ~ Ralph Blum

  3. Sutton Fox says:

    Glad it was timely. Love the quote, so very true. Sometimes obstacles from the past are the hardest to overcome. 🙂

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