When the going gets tough, the tough keep going

The path from dreams to success does exist. May you have the vision to find it, the courage to get on to it, and the perseverance to follow it.”
Kalpana Chawla

I am 80% through writing my next book, Leadership Leaders: Releasing the power of relationships for exceptional participation, alignment and team results.

My first book focused on leaders’ development. Leadership Levers firmly places leaders as guardian of their group’s development. I have found this book challenging to write and I have lurched from chapter to chapter.

I did have a clear plan, yet as I wrote I discovered fresh ideas that came to mind that I wanted to write. I faltered and hesitated. Waiting for inspiration didn’t work!

Recently I visited Queenstown where my partner and I went biking. Unfamiliar with both the territory and bikes, I found what worked was to enjoy the view and keep going. Regardless of how tired I was, and how doubtful I was that we’d make the round trip, we both kept tuned into the magnificent scenery around us, and kept going. My arms were taut, my hands gripped the handlebars as we navigated unknown territory, steep hills and sharp declines. We made it.

As we biked I thought writing is similar. The only way for me to achieve was to keep writing and enjoy the changing view regardless of the terrain.

Question:  What imagery or metaphor keeps you going when the going is tough?

© Diana Jones

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