“You are not finished when you lose, you are finished when you quit.”~quote from daughter Elise's private basketball coach, Bobby, back in the day. 

That wise man was full of inspiration not only for our struggling girls who needed all the help they could get, but also their long-suffering moms (and a few dads) looking on from the sidelines every Saturday morning for seemingly endless months. But they did end. Not the life lessons, though. Many times I have thought of Bobby's encouragement and forged ahead with my own dreams, like writing novels and pursuing publication. Even now, when the going gets tough, I think back. In the end, basketball, like so much else, is a mind game. Success is all about believing. Don't give up on anything or anyone you truly love. You are, however, allowed to choose, and if necessary alter, which course of action to follow.

Bobby also said, "When you are behinddon't give up; when you are aheaddon't let up." He had a great selection of motivational quotes. Much needed and appreciated.

Here's one I came across:

“Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe, and enthusiastically act upon…must inevitably come to pass!” ~ Paul J. Meyer


  1. Mary Ricksen // January 13, 2013 at 2:30 PM  

    Love that one; You are not finished when you lose, only if you quit!!!

  2. Patrice Wilton // January 13, 2013 at 5:53 PM  

    Beth, so true. Another good one is- You haven't failed until you quit.
    And we're not quiters, are we?

  3. Beth Trissel // January 13, 2013 at 6:40 PM  

    No, we're not, and thanks!

  4. Mary Marvella // January 13, 2013 at 10:57 PM  

    So true, Beth, Patrice, and Mary R! Thanks for the reminder!

  5. Pamela Varnado // January 14, 2013 at 11:16 AM  

    Beth, I love the quote. My daughter sent me one that motivates me also. Here it is:

    "What are stumbling blocks and defeats before you, can be stepping stones to victory if you remain determined."

  6. Josie // January 15, 2013 at 8:49 AM  

    I love motivational quote. It always helps to push me along.