Four Ways to Keep Going When You Feel Like Quitting

“I will take up my pencil, which I have forsaken in my great discouragement, and I will go on with my drawing.” Vincent Van Gogh

4 ways to keep going when you feel like quitting:

#1. Remember people who love you.

People have stood with you through thick and thin. Will you let them down?

People who accomplish great things often do it for others. Olympic athletes talk about people who invested in their journey when they explain grit.

You might feel alone, but you didn’t get where you are on your own.

I’ve invested time, energy, and personal collateral in many people. My heart soars when they work through adversity and discouragement.

#2. Remember people who count on you.

Someone is looking up to you. If you quit, they will be let down.

Who’s counting on you?

#3. Remember people who didn’t quit.

My dad was the toughest man I ever knew.

While I recovered from an accident, I remember looking in the mirror and seeing a bit of him looking back. Frankly, I was surprised at my own grit.

The grit in me lived in my dad first and in his father before him.

Who do you know that kept going when quitting would have been easy?

#4. Forget about perfection.

Perfectionism defeats everyone who isn’t perfect.

Embrace the mess. People are messy. Teams are messy and organizations are messy. Most important, YOU are messy.

Vulnerability is a channel for encouragement. Wearing a mask drains.

Make room for the mess. If you don’t, you’ll end up alone. The real question is, “How can you step into the mess and make things just a bit better?”


Every discouraged leader has drilled down on some problem like a birddog on a duck. How might you lift up your head?

How might leaders keep going when they feel like quitting?

Bonus material:

Hope for Discouraged Leaders (Executive Secretary)

22 Powerful Ways to Overcome Discouragement (Leadership Freak)

How to Overcome Discouragement and Live the Life You Were Meant to Live (Andy Andrews)