It’s uphill, muscles aching, feeling tired. Conflicts within; give up or stay the course? Which voice speaks the loudest? The one I listen to!
“Stay the course” means to pursue a goal regardless of obstacles or criticism. To continue something until it is finished or until I achieve what I planned.
Easier said than done, that is! Pause. Rest if I must. Remember why I started. Visualize. What will it look like when I reach the top? How will I feel? Identify internal triggers that energize me.
“The Little Engine That Could”* teach me the value of optimism. I know I can. I know I can.
Resilience. Onward. Do as I said I would do. Mental focus. Regulate my emotions. Silence the negative self-talk.
It’s still uphill. Muscles still aching. Still feeling tired. Stay the course. Breathe. Remember why I started. Silence the inner critic. Move forward one step at a time. What will I do when I reach the top? How will I celebrate? I wonder what the world will look like.
Think resourcefully. Act accordingly. Leverage. Take a strength-based approach. Focus on what energizes.
Self-control. Almost there. A few more steps. Focus on what needs to be done next.
Made it! Reached the plateau. What a view! What a feeling! How could I not do this? How could I even consider giving up?
Accomplished. Made it happen. Internally motivated. What a feeling! I stayed the course.
* The Little Engine That Could is an American fairytale. The little engine saves the day by multiple attempts and a “Can Do” attitude to keep trying. The story became widely known in the United States after publication in 1930 by Platt & Munk.