5 Good Reasons To Keep Going When You Feel Like Quitting

Not Giving Up Might Be Your Best Decision


When things in life get difficult, often quitting seems like the best option. You don’t know what to do or how to handle what life is throwing at you. When the pressure builds, the stakes are high, and everything is riding on your decision, you may feel like quitting. However, quitting too soon is never the best option.

Don’t get me wrong. It certainly seems like quitting is the best option. I mean think about the instant stress relief — The thing is, you know as well as I do that once you quit, you will instantly regret it.

You’ve struggled, prayed, planned and pursued the vision in your heart, or your purpose in life and quitting too soon isn’t going to be the relief you think it will be. When you give up and quit too soon, you have the tendency to look back and wonder how things might have been.

If you are like me, there have probably been moments when giving up seemed like the path to travel…perhaps you are at a crossroads right now. I can make you one promise that will prove true: When you look at life in the rearview mirror, you will wish you had not given up and quit.

Pressing to reach your vision will stretch you. At one time or another, you will probably feel like quitting. It will push your resources and mental capacity to the limit. Reaching a vision is never easy, in fact, it’s really hard. Stepping into the plan of God for your life is exciting, and it sets your heart on fire, but pursuing the God-given vision for your life will take all the hard work you have to give.

There is a God-given vision for every person’s life.

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Yours may be to:

◆    Build a more stable family dynamic in your home

◆    Strengthen your relationship with your spouse

◆    Pursue Ministry

◆    Provide outreach and compassion to hurting people around the world

◆    Simply to make ends meet financially

◆    Grow closer to God

Whatever your vision, no matter how big or how small, there will be moments when you feel like quitting. This post is, in fact, a follow-up to an article I wrote some time ago. In that article, I wrote about the top 5 times to keep going in life and not quit. You need to read it…it will help you. But I thought you might need to know more than the times not to quit; you need to know good reasons to keep going when you feel like quitting.

So let me give you five…

5 Good Reasons To Keep Going When You Feel Like Quitting 

Quitting kills your potential

You are going to see a recurring theme among all five reasons I’m giving you. They all involve the word kill. It’s a strong word to use, I know, but you need to understand what really happens when you quit. Quitting always kills something in your life.

When you feel like quitting and then give in to that feeling, it kills your potential. Your potential gets stopped dead in its tracks. What might have been, will never be, once you make the choice to quit. If you quit on your marriage, what might have been will never be. If you make the decision to quit on God’s vision for your life, what might have been will never be.

Having potential means that something exists in possibility, so when you have potential, it means that something is capable of developing into reality. So, let me ask you a question: What possibilities are in your life right now that you’re willing to kill off just because you feel like quitting?

Quitting kills your confidence

You’ve probably quit things before…we all have. When you quit, did it make you fell better or worse? I guess it depends on the situation, but when you feel like quitting, chances are good that you are on the right path, you’re  just tired. Quitting, under those circumstances, will kill your future confidence. You will always wonder what might have happened if you had stuck it out just a little longer.

I remember starting a small blog back in 2005. The blogging movement was just getting started, and I wasn’t sure what to write about. Discouragement got the best of me, so…I quit. Every time I write a new post now, I wonder who my words might have reached if only I wouldn’t have given up and quit. You may feel like quitting but if you do your confidence will suffer for it.

Quitting kills your leadership

Now, some of you may not feel like this applies to you. But make no mistake about it, you are a leader. “Everyone leads someone,” is a belief that I’ve held on to for over two decades now. You don’t need me to draw out the implications of all your relationships. The fact is, you influence someone every single day. Even if you don’t think you lead anyone else, you are still responsible for leading yourself.

When you quit on your vision or give up in the heat of the moment, it destroys your credibility and trust with those who are watching you. Trust is essential to great leadership. You can’t influence people without it. If you feel like quitting, take a step back and think about the consequences of what you’re about to do. How will it affect your kids? How will it affect your marriage? How will it affect your ministry and relationship with God?

The truth is, when you quit, it gives those who are watching you the green light to quit also.

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Quitting kills your faith

You may not agree with me on this, but hear me out. First of all, I’m not talking about “salvation faith.” The message I’m trying to send is NOT that quitting on your vision or making the decision to give up will somehow affect your salvation. My point is every time you quit it erodes a little bit of your capacity to believe again in the future.

If you’ve ever taken a risk, or leap of faith, only to find yourself in a position where you had to scale back, let people go, or stop pursuing what you feel God put in your heart, then you understand what I’m saying. It’s a little bit harder to take the risk the second time around because your thoughts are skewed by the fact that you had to quit the last time.

Often when you feel like quitting, it’s NOT the time to stop. When you feel like quitting, it’s a good opportunity to seek some encouragement. Reach out to someone who has wisdom and perspective and seek their advice. Make sure that you have a solid support system in place to help you when your faith feels faint. Pray…get ahold of God…seek him…spend time with him…recharge your spiritual batteries. In fact, I wrote about the importance of seeking God in another post. 

Quitting kills your dream

Your dreams are too important to give up just because things are a little rough right now and you feel like quitting. DON’T DO IT! DON’T QUIT!

Your dream is your gift from God. It weaves itself into every part of your life. Your dream is what pushes you to get up in the morning and work hard. Are you honestly ready to throw in the towel? You feel like quitting right now, but the feeling will pass.

About a year ago (at the time of this post), I had back surgery. The pain was the most intense thing I’ver ever felt. It radiated down through my hip and seemed like someone was pulling my right leg off of my body. There were bone fragments trapped behind a nerve, tearing and cutting at it. I felt like quitting. The dreams I had for my life seemed gone for a little while. There were some days during my recovery when I wondered if I would be able to continue my ministry (I’m a pastor). When I look in the rearview mirror of life, I’m so glad I didn’t quit, because today my dream feels stronger than ever.

At some point, you will feel like quitting. Your dream will be too difficult, too big, too unattainable or too uncomfortable. You won’t know what to do, and life will seem uncertain. In those moments when you feel like quitting, take a step back and reassess why you started in the first place.

You probably didn’t start chasing your dream because it was easy. You chase your dream because the outcome is worth the fight. 

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So what about you? What are your reasons for not quitting? I would love to hear what keeps you going when life is hardest.

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Don’t Quit: How To Know When To Not Give Up

The Top 5 Times To Keep On Going In Life

Let’s face it…sometimes it would be much easier to quit.

At the very least, changing direction in life is an option that many people entertain on a daily basis. Things haven’t quite turned out like you’d hoped for. Maybe you’ve done your best to accomplish whatever you’re particular task is…all to no avail. It seems that nothing is working like its supposed to…sound familiar?

Sometimes there seems to be really valid reasons to quit or change directions in life. It could be that you have some of those good reasons right now. But hold on…Before you actually make the leap off the cliff…Before you close the door on your current situation with all of its problems and opportunities…Before you “burn your bridges”…WAIT!

Here’s why…There are at least five situations in which quitting is probably not the right answer. Now, you should know there are probably many more times when a person should not quit; but these five areas, or suggestions come from my own experience.

Here’s what you need to know…There have been times in my life…circumstances and situations…where I quit too soon. A word of caution…you will always regret quitting too soon!

With all that being said, let’s jump into the five situations where you probably shouldn’t quit…

1. When you are tired

When you are physically, emotionally, or mentally tired you are not running at one hundred percent. A person’s perception is often off when they are tired. Humans are prone to make rash decisions when they are tired. Being physically tired really does affect our ability to make the best decisions. Even more important is knowing not to make big decisions or quit when you are emotionally tired, physically, or mentally tired.

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2. When you are discouraged

If everything seems to be going wrong…and you are discouraged…it may not be the time to quit. Sometimes we simply go through seasons where life slams us with everything its got. Don’t take discouragement as a sign that you should give up on your dream, your task, your situation…or anything. Maybe you just need to wait. I’ve noticed that things seem to brighten as I open up and talk to other people. There are times when simply getting another perspective will encourage us. At any rate, discouragement is an emotion. We shouldn’t be emotionally driven on the big decisions in life…at least not entirely emotionally driven. If you quit once because of discouragement, you’ll quit every time you get discouraged.

3. When you are in transition

Transition can be a trying time. If you find your life or circumstances in the middle of a big transition…let it play out. Sometimes transitions are just what we need. In fact, some of the greatest things that have ever happened in my life are the result of God bringing much needed transition into an area of my life. God sets us up to succeed in the plans that He has prepared in advance for our life…out of necessity that will at times involve difficult transition. Don’t quit until you know what God wants.

4. When you feel pressure to quit

Here’s the deal…feeling pressure to quit may be a sure sign that you are going in the right direction and that you shouldn’t quit. Quitting under pressure is easy. The aftermath of that rash decision can be devastating. Since I am a Christian, I evaluate things based on my faith. I believe that if you are going in the right direction, there’s probably going to be a target on your back. Life, situations, people, and spiritually speaking…the devil…doesn’t want you to succeed. Why does it surprise us when life puts on the pressure to quit? That pressure could be the result of you feeling unprepared or underprepared. It could come from the fact that you’re about to go into new, unexplored territory in your life. But by all means…don’t quit just because the pressure is on…I can promise you, you’ll regret it later.

5. When you’ve made decision that you regret

Ok…so maybe you’ve recently made a decision and things didn’t work out so good…maybe you regret that decision. Here’s the deal…the decision has already been made. You can’t go back in time and change it. But you don’t have to give up because of failure either! Remember the easiest thing to do is give up and quit…it’s an emotional high that lasts for a few hours to a day at best. Then the reality of quitting sets in. Instead of quitting after a failure, take that time to recalibrate. Get things in line. Take the next best step. You may not know how everything is going to work out; but simply make your next step…your next decision…the right one.

There’s probably many more times when a person shouldn’t quit. These five have come from my own experience with quitting…something I don’t want to repeat!

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