Health & Medical Self-Improvement

What It Really Means to Stay the Course

Have you ever look back at your life or career and asked how did I get here? Or perhaps you've questioned if either one should be different right now.
There's a common phrase known as "stay the course" that generally refers to staying on track and not giving up.
It further implies that you know where you're going as there is a specific path you are supposed to follow.
But the question is, what course? Are you supposed to always find a clearly defined course for your life and remain rigidly held to it and never change? The inherent problem with the phrase "stay the course" is that life is not supposed to turn out the way you planned it to be.
At first that may seem startling but then reflect upon the number of times you have experienced smooth sailing and then faced curves or bumps along the way.
Consider as well the number of victories you have had and the celebrations you have held, along with the number of gains and losses you have also dealt with along the way.
If life went as planned you would never be challenged to do more and this would limit your potential growth.
What is more important than staying steady and fixed is learning to be persistent and giving yourself a choice as to the path you are going to follow.
If you allow yourself to change courses you learn to be adaptable rather than static and unwilling to try something new.
Of course we all have habits or routines that put us on autopilot and that creates a steady pattern of its own.
Habits allow us to maintain the status quo and it is natural to follow a known route when it becomes a quick and convenient method of completing tasks.
But on occasion, whether planned or unanticipated, change comes along.
Instead of staying the course it is better to accept the course and better said, accept the course and all of its challenges.
As you become consciously aware of the decision you are making concerning the path you want to follow you have an opportunity to learn more about yourself, especially if you are faced with a circumstance or situation that must be addressed.
Through conscious self-awareness of the course you are on and the decision to be flexible you can self-correct along the way and adapt as needed.
What this means when it comes to making decisions about changes to the course you are on is that you never have to accept the current outcomes or results in your life or career as being permanent.
You can decide that you are going to change or do something different by setting new goals that are inspired by a dream or a vision of a new future.
What you need instead of a steady course is a consistent purpose.
The route that you take is likely to vary and that is acceptable because the destination is your goal.
Never accept the present as the final outcome.
Make a new course and create a new result.

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