A few weeks ago, I asked how people combat discouragement and stay the course. One commenter made a statement about having faith despite the naysayers and obstacles. It was a simple statement, but simple statements often have profound implications.
When I think about having faith regarding what one does, I think about certitude. I think of steadiness. I think of having an anchor. No matter how many doubts arise or how terrible the discouragement and feelings of failure are, the certainty remains: I am doing what I am meant to do. I must continue the work. I must prove faithful to it, even if I am assaulted and beset on every side. The circumstances don’t matter. What matters is that I am faithful.
What also matters is having a vision and being focused on it. No matter if I’m blown off-course by a circumstance or person, I can find my way back. The vision remains, and it points me in the right direction. It may take time to regain my course, particularly if I’ve been blown far, far off it, but I can find my way. I may have to fight forty-foot or taller waves, circumnavigate rocks or icebergs, or ignore the sirens’ song, but I will find the course again.
Another part of staying the course is being accountable for my actions. It doesn’t do to set sail without telling anyone my plans. It’s a good way to find myself stranded in unknown waters. People need to know where I am and where I am trying to go. I need to know that no matter how lost I might become that someone will come rescue me or, if not rescue me, at least keep me company on the boat.
How do you stay the course?
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