Adopting a Don’t Quit Mentality

Giving up is easy and that is why most people do it. Winners know that quitting is never an option and that is why they keep winning. How many times have you given up on something you truly wanted? Was it worth it?

Giving up on your dreams is one mistake you never want to make. People who made history and people who are currently making history are those who refuse to quit. Therefore, if you want to make a difference in the world learn to always stick it out. No matter how impossible the conditions you find yourself in, no matter how many times you struggle, never give up. Keep fighting, keep believing, keep working, and one day the victory will come.

When you get knocked down, there are lots of ways to pick yourself back up. Here are four ways to keep moving when you feel like quitting.


  1. Decide to not quit.

Making a decision that you will never quit is sometimes all you need to keep going. Promise yourself that you are not going to quit, no matter what may lie in your path. Thomas Edison hit the nail on the head when he said: “Many of life’s failures are people 

who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” So, remember those words the next time you feel like giving up.

  1. Keep a journal of your accomplishments.

Occasionally, you may find it hard to hold on to your “Don’t Quit” mentality, and that is where keeping a journal comes in handy. Writing down your past accomplishments, (especially the accomplishments that give you the most pride,) will renew your willpower. Read aloud a few achievements to yourself and recall how you made it all happen when your inner voice starts telling you to quit. Maintain a “quitting is not an option” attitude throughout the day to ensure you always keep going.

Our minds are so very powerful. If you need extra strength, say "I can do this", aloud and you'll believe it more just by hearing yourself say the words.


  1. Focus more on the process and less on the outcome.


Giving up comes when you obsess about how things will turn out. Forget about the outcome for a while and begin focusing on the process. How you choose to work is more important because you spend 99.9 percent of your time and energy on the process and not the outcome. Adopting a “Don’t Quit” mentality requires that you focus on enjoying the process and working right.


Learning to care more about the process and less about the result will give you the faith you need to retry or move on to something else after a failure. Give yourself a break and stop wallowing in regret every time you fail. Keep a record of what you learn with every failure, and assume an “I will do better” attitude.

A journal can be a big help in tracking progress, documenting victories, and a reminder of what did not work. A one-year journal like "Write to Remember", has lots of space for your notes, to-do lists, and lessons learned. (Full disclosure: I created Write to Remember so I could have my notes all in one place. It is easy to search and has inspirational quotes, as well as writing prompts. There are many other options available, so choose the one that meets your need best.)


  1. Make peace with your failures.


One smart way of holding on to a “don’t quit” mentality is through making peace with your failures. There are some opportunities that you may have missed along the way. Some may never be available to you again. Do not worry yourself to the point of having an emotional breakdown because of what you missed. Accept that the opportunity is past and start looking for new opportunities. Better yet, start creating new opportunities for yourself.


Tomorrow is another chance to start new. Begin each day with a clean slate. Yet also with the knowledge gained from experience.




If you are a believer, you have an advantage. There are MANY scriptures to reinforce a "don't quit" attitude. A few of my favorites are:

I can do ALL THINGS thru Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13


His mercies are new every morning. Great is thy faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23


Greater is He who is in me than he who is in the world 1 John 4:4


We are more than conquerors thru him who loves us. Romans 8:37


Each of the above give me strength and encouragement. I hope they do you as well!


“Go Over, Go Under, Go Around, or Go Through, but NEVER Give Up.” Deb Compton



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