Realize Your Dreams by Keeping Your Eyes on the Prize

Realize Your Dreams by Keeping Your Eyes on the Prize

Succeed by Keeping Your Eyes on the Prize!




Keep your eyes on the prize. That is what I’ve been telling myself whenever my schedule becomes very busy and I seem to have more to accomplish than hours in the day to successfully complete all the tasks on my action list! (Such has been the situation over the past week since I last posted — sorry about the absence, but other priorities demanded my time).


One of my most recent major accomplishments and realized dreams, as some may recall who have been following my blog for awhile, was successfully completing my doctoral journey after 7 1/2 years. I completed my defense of my dissertation on June 26th–just about four months ago–and officially became Dr. Karen Lee Banks! Then just last Wednesday (10-18-17), my hubby walked through the door after work with the mail…and THIS had arrived!


                    My Doctor of Education (EdD) diploma from NCU



I was QUITE ecstatic, as holding the diploma in my hands made the accomplishment seem much more real and brought closure to the journey… yet also the beginning of a new one!



                Me, Dr. Karen Lee Banks, with my EdD diploma from NCU


And I do plan to move forward with my eyes on the prize and the rewards of meeting goals and seeing my dreams come to fruition in many other areas of my life!



Here’s your inspiration for today!

“We all have times in life when we feel like giving up…

God gave many men and women in the Bible difficult tasks to perform, but He always promised a reward.

Looking to the reward helps us to endure the difficulty.

I encourage you not to look merely at your work, but look also at the promise of reward.

Take time to enjoy the fruit of your labor, and be energized to finish your course.

It will also build confidence as you realize that you are worth enjoying the reward of your labors, and it is indeed God’s will for you.”

–Joyce Meyer in “The Confident Woman Devotional”




My Reflections


I am so thankful that God, and those people He has placed in my life to be encouragers and supporters, have helped me to NOT give up on my various dreams!

I can’t even tell you how many times I felt like giving up during my 7 1/2-year doctoral journey, for various reasons (including deaths in the family, such as my Mom to cancer and my brother-in-law to suicide).

I  will continue to keep my eyes on the prize for other dreams and plans I have, and enjoy the  rewards when I achieve my goals.



So What Are YOUR Thoughts?


Do you find it easy to keep your eyes on the prize and rewards ahead of you?


Are you still pursuing your dreams?




This Post Has 23 Comments

  1. Congrats on meeting your goal! I find it better to set short-term goals (2-5 years) and then start a new one when the first one is complete.
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  2. Thank you so much for this message. I too often forget to look ahead… it’s difficult sometimes to look beyond the night let alone see the bigger picture and a promise. Bittersweet blessings – it’s only me. Thank you soooo very much.

  3. Oh hey… congratulations. Proud of you myself. You could have quit, but you didn’t. Kudos, Dr Karen Lee Banks.

  4. Congratulations ma’am.
    Being someone who is easily distracted I typically don’t know how to focus on just one thing and see it through. It takes an extra work for me to follow a goal through.
    But yes, I an still pursuing my dreams. They are worth the stress.

    Thanks for the encouragement.
    Have a great day.
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  5. Congratulations Dr Karen Lee Banks. Some wonderful food for thought, thank you

  6. Congratulations on getting your doctorate! That is so amazing! That takes some serious dedication and hard work. When I was in nursing school, I constantly had to ‘keep my eye on the prize’. If not, I would have quit early on. I like to make long term goals with short term ones along the way. That way I can find the confidence and reward of accomplishing those small goals while reminding myself of the end prize!

  7. I try to go forward all the time and not giving up but it’s not always easy, especially if you loose the point, like I sometimes do.

  8. As you simply put: Keep your eyes on the prize. I too have been taught that focus is very important if you are working towards a goal! Loved your quotes!

  9. Such encouraging words. I will remember to keep my eyes on the prize and know there is a reward at the end when I reach my goals ?

  10. Congratulations on your doctorate! Wow what an accomplishment 🙂 And this is such an inspiring post. It’s not always easy to keep on pushing especially with so many obstacles but you’re right, it’s the universe’s way of testing our resolve.

  11. Congratulations, Doctor! It’s a huge accomplishment, you can be proud!
    Life always gets in the way and it sometimes hard to follow our dreams. I sometimes tend to put them aside to wait for a more appropriate time to work on them – but I never forget them. I recently quit my well-paid permanent job to study again, in a different field. It’s a big challenge and many people don’t believe it’s a good decision. I’ve learnt over the years not to care about how people feel about my decisions. I don’t think it’s a bad choice to give your dreams a chance. I hate having regrets. Thanks for your inspiring article.

  12. Great to know of your goal achievement , I’m really feeling proud that you did not call it a quit and pursued. Same goes with me, I have been trying to achieve something I need desperately from past 6m and I’m sure this post motivated me to keep an eye on prize and keep working.
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  13. Congratulations in achieving your goal, this is so inspiring! An example to be followed. Proof that hard work and dedication pays off. Well done Dr Karen Lee Banks!

  14. congratulations on your achievement! this post really inspired me

  15. Congratulations on this amazing and wonderful accomplishment!!! You worked so hard to get to this point….

  16. Congratulations! I am defiantly someone who keeps their eyes on the goal. However, it has to be and end goal that I actually care about.

  17. Wow, congratulations! My husband has a PhD, so I know how many years of dedication that little slip of paper takes to get! Best of luck!

  18. I have been blessed with a great husband who encourages me daily. I keep my eyes on the prize too and keep on walking.

  19. Good to know about your achivements. Congrats. Great positive and inspirational post. Hard work always pays off.

  20. I’d never heard that opening quote before, it’s awesome, I love it! Congrats on your degree 🙂

  21. Omg that opening quote is just amazing that I had to literally grab some paper and write it down. It’s easy to get down on yourselves when we face challenges and obstacles that seem too much to bear, but pushing forward is so important. Makes the prize that much sweeter.
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  22. This is inspiring! It’s really important to keep yourself motivated and focused. Your post put me in a good mood, thank you!

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