in Devotions, Reflections

Acquiring Determination & Achieving Goals – June 1 Inspiration


Acquiring determination and achieving goals. This is definitely required if we plan to accomplish anything of any significance in life. When you’re pursuing an especially big goal, particularly something that takes a long time to achieve, determination is even more important.


Happy June 1st [was intended for June 1st!], and yes I’m back after nearly a month away! I’m sorry for the absence, but I have an especially good reason!  As you may or may not recall, I also blogged about setting and reaching goals in my last post on May 4th. One of my goals has been to blog consistently, but that had to take a back seat to the one major, higher priority goal I had to achieve by the end of May:

an approved Dissertation Proposal

for my doctoral study.



And the result is ...YES–yes, I achieved that goal, by the grace of God, the prayers and encouragement of my husband and adult kids, friends, and other scholars, AND the new Ombuds Pathway program set up by Northcentral University.  🙂  For doctoral candidates like me who are nearing the end of our programs (7 years!), and have had lack of progress for any number of reasons (mostly dissertation Chair-related problems), NCU set up this program to help us fast track toward completion so we can successfully graduate.


I have a fantastic new Chair who is genuinely helpful and invested in seeing me graduate. In only 8 weeks since he took over my course from the previous Chair, he guided me through developing, refining, and submitting my Dissertation Proposal (DP). He and the Ombuds reviewer both approved it last week and gave me the thumbs up to proceed to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) step, which means completing the relevant paperwork to get my proposed study approved. Once I get their approval, I will conduct my study; complete my Dissertation Manuscript (DM), which is the DP plus two chapters describing the study results, and wrapping up with reflections and recommendations; get the DM approved; and orally defend my dissertation. The final outcome by early fall will = Dr. Karen Lee Banks! 🙂


So welcome back to my blog and here is your inspiration for today…

“In the beginning of my ministry,

I had a dream

that I was driving my car

and approaching a flooded bridge.

I stopped, looking first at the water-covered bridge,

back where I had been, and to the side of the road,

trying to decide if I should park, retreat,

or keep moving forward.

Then I woke up.

God used that dream to show me

there will always be opposition

when pressing toward a goal.

There will always be opportunity

to park and go no farther,

or turn around and give up.

Determination will get you a lot further than talent.

So if you feel you lack talent, take heart.

All you need to win in life

is more determination than anyone else you know.”

–Joyce Meyer in “The Confident Woman Devotional”


My reflections:

I can so relate to the dream Joyce mentions, in different areas of life at different times, but most recently it applies to the journey I’ve been on for my Doctor of Education degree. I’ve been enrolled in the program for over 6 years (it will be 7 years this November).  I have been close to quitting many times out of sheer frustration, but was determined to keep moving forward.

Last week, as I mentioned, I got word that my Dissertation Proposal (DP) is now approved, so I can move forward to getting IRB approval and conducting my study.  I have likened this journey to a major climb I’ve been on, up Mt. Washington in New Hampshire. It’s a LONG, difficult climb – you can see the peak for quite awhile before you FINALLY get there. But once you reach the peak (in this case, DP approval), it’s now a more leisurely downhill hike to complete the return trip of the journey. Still requires effort, but not nearly as difficult, since the finish line is now in sight. 🙂


So what are YOUR thoughts?

Does determination come easy to you?

Can you relate to the dream sequence in some area of life?

Are you pursuing a major goal right now?



  1. Keesha

    Congratulations on reaching such a great milestone! I’m going to go ahead and call you Dr. Karen Lee Banks right away! This is great inspiration for me. Thanks for sharing.

    02 . Jun . 2016
  2. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    It comes easy to me when it’s something that I really want.

    02 . Jun . 2016
  3. Cathy Lawdanski

    Congratulations! Your determination and persistence have paid off!

    02 . Jun . 2016
  4. Stephanie Ortez

    First of all, congratulations! it’s such an inspiration to see how others achieve their dreams through hard work and support. I have so many goals in my life, and I think I have enough determination to accomplish them, but I lack the support from family which makes me feel alone (I’m a single mom) and the financial burden takes the whole cake.

    02 . Jun . 2016
  5. Allyson Greene

    Congrats! Glad things are moving forward for you!!

    02 . Jun . 2016
  6. Jen Becerril

    Way to go things are moving along for you.I am glad it all worked out.Hard work pays off.

    02 . Jun . 2016
  7. tara pittman

    I dont have any major goals right now. I tend to be a day to day person.

    02 . Jun . 2016
  8. Dawn McAlexander

    I have the determination and the goals. I think I just need direction now. If I could figure out where to start, then I could really get it going.

    02 . Jun . 2016
  9. Rebecca Bryant

    Congrats on this working out for you. Hard work and focus pay off.

    02 . Jun . 2016
  10. Carol Cassara

    Congratulations! Such an hard thing to do especially while raising a family. Kudos to you for all of your hard work and tenacity.

    02 . Jun . 2016
  11. Amy Jones

    I’m so glad you could achieve this milestone! Wishing you and your loved ones the best 🙂

    03 . Jun . 2016
  12. Elizabeth O.

    Congratulations on achieving one of your goals! That’s really awesome. It’s a good motivation for us all who are still working towards achieving ours!

    03 . Jun . 2016
  13. coolchillmom

    I am so happy you reached your goal! There is nothing like the feeling of checking off things off our list. Thanks for the inspiration!

    03 . Jun . 2016
  14. Sojourner

    Good for you! Congratulations. What a way to demonstrate setting goals and determination.

    03 . Jun . 2016
  15. Echo

    Congrats on your huge achievements! Determination does not come easily to me!

    03 . Jun . 2016
  16. Jolleen Ruiz

    I am pursuing a lot of goals right now. I made a bucket list for the last year of my 20’s and am trying as fast as I can to cross things off.. Congrats on your accomplishment!

    03 . Jun . 2016
  17. lalaine

    Congratulations! It’s never easy to juggle the mundane parts of life and working towards our dreams. Great job!

    03 . Jun . 2016
  18. Marielle Altenor

    How exciting! That’s definitively a good reason for your absence! Glad you are back!

    03 . Jun . 2016
  19. Lexie Lane

    Congratulations! What a great achievement you have. You are such an inspiration!

    04 . Jun . 2016
  20. Nicole Escat

    I love achieving goals but sometimes I admit that I am lacking determination. Thanks for sharing this.

    04 . Jun . 2016
  21. Danne Reed

    Goals are meant to be achieved! Congrats on achieving and keep on posting to inspire others!

    04 . Jun . 2016
  22. Nikki Jenner

    I’ve been failing sometimes and it is hard to be courageous after you fall. Thanks for your post, I have hopes!

    04 . Jun . 2016
  23. Pamela

    Ah…my husband can empathize (and celebrate) with you. He’s at the same place. So Congratulations — hard work brings achievement.

    04 . Jun . 2016
  24. Dawn gibson-thigpen

    i have been setting goals a lot lately and feeling really good about them and the end results.

    04 . Jun . 2016
  25. Jenjen

    Anything that comes with determination will be successful goal

    05 . Jun . 2016
  26. aurora

    I also have the same goal to. I would like to be able to blog on a regular basis! But you know what? I signed up for the accountability coaching (which is free). It definitely helps. Check it out here:

    05 . Jun . 2016
  27. ana fernandez

    Congrats! Love to hear that after working so hard you finally complete such an important milestone!

    05 . Jun . 2016
  28. Therese Glenn

    Congratulations for achieving your goal im currently setting my own goals for me and my family as well. i hope i reach them like you! :*

    06 . Jun . 2016
  29. Dr. Elise Cohen Ho

    I am absolutely in pursuit of a major goal. I have had several awakenings as of late and see exactly what I need to do.

    12 . Jun . 2016
  30. Life as a Convert

    This is a great reason for taking a break. Usually, mine are just because I am lazy lol. Congrats!!

    12 . Jun . 2016
  31. Enricoh Alfonzo

    felicidades epica on achieving your goal!! yes success is going from failure to failure without any loss of enthusiam

    14 . Jun . 2016

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