He did not name to himself the nature of his own feeling-never to identify his emotions was the only steadfast rule of his life; he merely felt it-and this particular feeling was pleasurable, which was the only identification he cared to know.
The great man who was so contemptuous-in business-of weaklings who trimmed corners or fell by the wayside, because they couldn’t match his strength of character and steadfastness of purpose!
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But then, that’s who Helene is: Her faith is steadfast.
Sabaa Tahir -- An Ember in the Ashes
Moving apace with the river was a long single-file line of men, eyes aimed at their feet, shoulders tense, walking steadfastly nowhere.