You felt it was time for a new job. You applied for a higher level position in administration and were offered the position. Congratulations! It is celebration time but instead of feeling happy and confident, you feel intimidated.
To help doctoral students complete their dissertation, I have talked about the power of mindset and habits. Today I want you to reflect on ONE question that will ignite your commitment to finishing your work.
Some academic programs provide more support and accountability than others (e.g. cohorts) but ultimately, students’ ability to finish on time depends on their habits. Here is what the successful ones do.
There are six human needs that we all share, but at different levels. Once you understand which needs drive someone’s behavior, you can start speaking their language and advocating for ideas using arguments that will move them to take action.
Qualities in excess tend to create problems, concerns about other people’s opinions can lead you in the wrong direction, and adapting your behavior to influence people’s perception of you makes you look dishonest.
When you completed your coursework, you had classes to attend, papers to write by specific deadlines, and while it required much work and dedication, somehow, it was easier than writing your dissertation. If you want to get your dissertation done so that you can finally graduate and live happily ever after, follow these steps.
Don’t look up data on business failure. Your success or lack thereof, has nothing to do with other people’s journeys. It will depend on your mindset, strategy, implementation, and willingness to do things that are uncomfortable at first. You can choose to step up and create something extraordinary.
How is it possible that higher ed administrators spend so much of their time in meetings, and yet communication is still problem? Much confusion is created not by what is said but by what remains unsaid.
Even though you met or exceeded all job requirements, nothing prepared you for the stress, politics, and mind-games you have to navigate on a daily basis. You wake up in the morning with a knot in your stomach, secretly wishing you could go back to your old job. But you can’t. Here is what to do instead.