How Many More Years Will You Wait?

We’re a few days into the New Year and some of you are just getting back to work. I hope you are feeling enthusiastic and excited about your goals and plans for this new year. I hope, sincerely, that one of your goals is to finish your dissertation. In my...

Dissertation Resilience

The theme of resilience and overcoming obstacles has been a big one these past few weeks in my dissertation coaching groups. It’s clear, both from these current groups, and the thousands of other ABD’s I’ve helped over the years, that dissertation...

What To Do When You’re Stuck

In my dissertation coaching groups, lately, one theme has been coming up- and that is the theme of stuckness. I always believe that whatever is showing up in my small groups is indicative of the larger whole- so I wanted to write a post about what to do when...

Stop Waiting for Someday

Ugh. If I had a dollar for every dissertation student I’ve ever spoken to who could finish their dissertation – but isn’t- I’d be really, really, really rich. This is coming up for me today as I have, again, helped another three graduate...

Preparing to Be Ready to Work

One of the things I’ve noticed is that when you’ve been away from the dissertation for awhile, it’s more and more difficult to get back to it, isn’t it? And when you finally do make yourself get back to it, you often experience frustration and...

You Don’t Need Forever

As a graduate student, you’re likely incredibly familiar with the concept of delayed gratification- the process of putting off until later what you might otherwise enjoy now. Research shows that toddlers who are able to delay gratification actually turn out,...