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I've been trying to assemble this sentence, but something feels wrong with every option I've come up with.

This has made me frustrated and lack motivation to go on this way.

or:

This has made me frustrated and lacked of motivation to go on this way.

or:

This has made me frustrated and made me lack motivation to go on this way.

How would you say it?

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Try either of these:

This has made me frustrated and lacking of motivation to go on this way.

or

This has frustrated me and drained my motivation to go on this way.

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makes sense, thx! –  Michael Litvin Dec 11 '12 at 13:28
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Lacking motivation is also grammatical, and Lacking in motivation feels better than Lacking of motivation to me (American). –  John Lawler Dec 11 '12 at 16:32

For the sake of brevity and consistency within the sentence, consider:

This has made me frustrated and unmotivated to go on this way.

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I'd say one of the following:

This has frustrated me, so I have no motivation to go on this way.

or

This has frustrated me, so I'm {no longer / not} motivated to go on this way.

or

Because this has frustrated me, I have no motivation to go on this way.

I lack motivation is just a tad pretentious. One normally says I'm not {motivated to learn / interested in learning} how to operate my new Google Nexus 7 tablet, so I gave it to my son for Christmas [True fact]. It's usually something one says about somebody else: He lacks the necessary motivation to learn anything that requires an hour of daily practice.

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