On this morning, I had a meeting with the Chair of my dissertation. The preparation for this meeting was my priority over the last few days. Last week, I shared with you that I had to submit a revised purpose statement and research questions. Well, the day after my blog post, I received feedback from my chair and it all “sounded” like negative feedback. I say sounded like, because, that’s what I heard (my perspective). I did not read to understand but read to respond. As I reviewed the feedback more and more, I gained understanding of what was being asked of me. I didn’t just read it one time, I read it several times over several days. Basically, the area of study I described in my purpose statement did not have validation nor was one of the variables feasible. My Chair advised me to dig a little deeper in the literature to find an area that needed further study. So, my quest was to read, read, read, read, and read!
To prepare for my meeting, I revised the purpose statement and research questions (which was not asked of me to do). So, about five minutes before the meeting, I emailed her the document. When talking with her, I referenced the document and she was able to follow along as I explained to her what I found. She liked that I prepared the document for her to review. I am pleased to say that, she approved the research area and told me to move forward with developing the rest of my prospectus.
As I take a look back on these past three weeks, I have accomplished several things. It took willingness, determination and focus to be able to achieve the goals I had for my dissertation. These things were not easy and definitely challenged me to levels untouched before. With any journey, there should be growth achieved through the process. There were times during just last week, I did not think I could produce what was being asked of me. I took several mental breaks such as coloring, Sudoku, and mindfulness meditation as well as reached out to my colleague, Audrey. This helped me to gain another perspective of what I needed to do to provide the information requested from me. I encourage you to find the tools needed to help you get a different view and use them!
As always, I am excited to share my dissertation journey with you. I ask that you share this blog with someone else. We all are going through some type of journey and this might be the encouragement you or that person need to go a litter further. Let’s encounter this life changing experience together!
Growth Tip: “Move beyond the normal by finding a different perspective” ~ Aundrea T. Harris
Scripture Meditation: 1 Thessalonians 5:18 NLT – Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
Make It A Great Day ~ Aundrea