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”
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?