Relentless in perseverence and determination toward a goal. Being unmovable or undeterred by difficulties and instead completely resolved to continue and not give up.


The love of God is steadfast, consistent, ever-faithful, relentless, constantly pursuing, lavish, extravagant, and unrestrained. When we are grasped by His steadfast love, we are secure, not driven away or lost. Rather, we are lifted out and brought to new life. We, too, can be tenacious and steadfast.

Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.1 Corinthians 15:58

Skilled Characteristics

  • Perseveres

    Refuses to give up, even in the face of great difficulties or obstacles

  • Stable

    Resistent to change or emotional swings

  • Committed

    Strongly pledged, committed, and dedicated to a vision or cause

  • Faith

    Has a strong belief in the value and purpose of the cause; strongly believes that one is called to one’s specific work or ministry

  • Diligent

    Hard working and persistent

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters in comparison to what lies within us.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Unskilled Characteristics

  • Fear

    Prefers to avoid potential problems or not take on difficult tasks

  • Quits

    Quits and gives up when things get difficult

  • Idleness

    Does not put forth much effort when things are difficult, frustrating or uninteresting

  • Indecision

    Is not willing to make a decision to act when a situation looks difficult

  • Indifference

    Does not feel strongly committed to a vision, purpose or course of action

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.”

– Amelia Earhart

Causes of Weakness

  • Failure

    Past failures can affect our confidence and strength

  • Fear

    Fear of failure often keeps people from even trying to accomplish something difficult

  • Doubt

    If you are not convinced of the value or importance of what you are doing, you will be much less motivated to complete it

  • Lack of Calling

    If you are not absolutely sure that God has called you to something, you may lack the strength and resolve to continue when things get difficult

  • Priorities

    If you have other goals or responsibilities that you feel are more important, then you will not be as tenacious about the responsibilities that are lower on your priority list

“If you get up one more time than you fall, you will make it through.”

– Chinese Proverb


Review the simple application steps below and choose 1 or 2 things you can do to spur yourself on to further growth.

  • Think Today

    THINK TODAY: Reflect on what possibilities exist today to make a difference and to continue your forward momentum. Let those things motivate you to take action NOW.

  • Think Past

    THINK PAST: Reflect on your past successes and the difference your actions have already made on people’s lives. Let those memories motivate you to take action today. Don’t let fear, doubt or frustration get in your way.

  • Think Future

    THINK FUTURE: Consider the potential impact your vision and plans could have on people and the Kingdom in the future. Let those possibilities fill you with hope and anticipation. Decide right now to continue to take steps forward today to continue to do your best to see the future vision accomplished. It is possible!

  • Model It

    MODEL IT: If you want to see more tenacity and steadfastness in your staff, the best way to do so is to model it in yourself. You can talk about it all you like, but the people around you will be the most impacted when they see and experience you being tenacious and steadfast, pushing forward and never giving up. Your actions can inspire others to do the same.

  • Be Accountable

    BE ACCOUNTABLE: Find a coach or an accountability partner. Tell that person what you are committing to do or accomplish, and ask them to follow-up with you about it every time you talk with them. Regularly talking to others about your plans and commitments can serve as a powerful motivator to not give up.

  • Celebrate

    CELEBRATE: Make sure to celebrate both large and small victories and accomplishments – both personally and as a team. Reflecting on, acknowledging and celebrating successes motivates you and others to continue pushing forward, despite challenges and setbacks along the way.

  • Ask God

    ASK GOD: Pray and ask God to give you clear vision and direction. The more convinced you are that God has called you to something, the easier it will be for you to stand firmly and persevere, even when times are tough.