Kerryn Boogaard Kerryn Boogaard
Beverly Goldsmith Beverly Goldsmith
Zoe Bingley-Pullin Zoe Bingley-Pullin

Never give up!:

Just like the little engine who could, don't give up on yourself. It's good for you and your health.
By Beverly Goldsmith
Date: April 05 2014
Tags: resilience,
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Have you ever dreamed that you’re running to catch a train? Although it’s moving away, you never give up. You’re determined to get on board.

Seekers of improved wellbeing do something similar. They keep moving full-steam ahead. The reason? It’s good for your health.        

Believe you can

Although the 'rail line' leading to better health is not always straight or smooth, there’s no need to be railroaded into giving up. It’s possible to be encouraged by this rousing statement, "There's no such word as can’t”.

While this 'can do' reminder may seem simplistic, it can be beneficial.  

In childhood, I was diagnosed with migraine headaches and told I’d suffer with them for the rest of my life.  My mother never gave up believing that I could be well. She found a book explaining the power of right thinking on health.  The ideas in the book brought me permanent freedom from the headaches.


  • Believe in the power of health-filled, confident thinking.
  • Stoke up the engine of courage, persistence and positivity.
  • Think about the much-loved children’s story, 'The little engine that could'.  Asked to pull a heavy train up a steep grade, several experienced engines said they just couldn’t do it. But a little, new and shiny engine said, “I-think-I-can”. Repeating these words over and over, it reached the summit. It then rushed towards its destination declaring triumphantly, “I-thought-I-could. I-thought-I-could”.
  • Move from “I-think-I-can” to“I-know-I-can”.
  • Believe you’re capable of being an “I can”, healthy person.

Keep going

It’s possible to find healthy ways to invigorate thinking and to keep going. Many who’ve made the grade, say it took persistence, perseverance, determination and courage.


  • Don’t be de-railed by self-pity. Face adversity “head on”.
  • Keep mentally on track. Stay hopeful, positive.
  • Stand your ground. Move forward to a better, healthier place.

Never give up

When life is tough and you just plain want to give up, it’s time to enact the famous quote attributed to John F Kennedy’s father: “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”

This is a call to draw on an inner core strength, to be resilient, to keep going and not quit.

Everyone can be mentally strong – perhaps more than they think. Such strength of mind doesn’t have to be acquired. It’s inbuilt. However, it does need to be exercised.


  • Be inspired by others who’ve made the grade to good health.
  • Mentally forge ahead. Take a “never-say-die” attitude. Never give up.
  • Board the wellness train and ride it all the way to good health. 
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