I recently moved to a new job, and thought about the whole transition process. Part of that process includes planning, reaching out, and asking for help. But a bigger part of transitioning is doing the hard work. That means to be your own advocate, apply for jobs, prepare for interviews, and close the deal.
In thinking about all this, a woman from my last job said she also wanted to make a change. I helped her with online resources to update her computer skills, writing, organizational, and overall administrative skills. From there, it was up to her.
Well, so far her only replies have been: “I don’t have time…”, “I don’t know how…”, ” I don’t want to…” I think she wants someone else do to the work for her and then she’ll get it done.
Yeah, right. BTW, just stick a fork in me, I’m done. If she won’t do the work for herself, that’s her problem.
So this week’s blog is a reminder that we have to be proactive. We have to take charge. We have to be involved in our own transition process – moving to a new job or to a new role as a scholar-practitioner. It doesn’t just happen – we can’t live life on the sidelines…
What does it mean to be proactive, speak up and take charge? Proactive means to speak up, and take charge. You must get involved, take initiative, and be a part of the solution. Exert your influence and make your contribution.
Dig Deep and Take Charge
You need to be willing to be proactive, speak up and take charge if you need to revise your dissertation. Revisions are a big part of the process. For example, as you dig deeper in to your study, you might discover a new piece of information or a new concept that makes you rethink the basis of your research problem.
Always talk to your chair before you make any extensive revisions. Be proactive and explain why you think you need to make these changes. Remember this is your dissertation.
You are in charge. Everyone else is there to hone your skills, make sure you follow the guidelines, and make you a better writer.
Learn to be Proactive
Dr. Patti explains that she is an introvert. She had to learn over time to change her thinking and become more proactive. It seems that people who are proactive have a better chance at succeeding in the long run.
For instance, people who take the initiative and offer innovative solutions to tough problems during rapidly changing circumstances are more successful than other people who just do what they can to get by.
Her advice is to never allow difficulties to interfere with the development of your dissertation.
Walk the Talk
It is important to be accountable, “walk the talk”, and keep your word. Follow up and submit your drafts on time. Steady progress will help you stay on track. Write, revise, and write will get your dissertation done faster.
Find the motivation to keep writing everyday. Let you committee chair and support group guide you and give you feedback for improvement. If you find yourself feeling stuck, again, be more proactive and take action.
Avoid making excuses, admit that you do not know what to do and get help. It will make a big difference in the progress you need to complete your dissertation.
Do you ever notice that proactive people are rarely caught by surprise? They learn to anticipate problems and so should you. Come up with multiple scenarios for how unforeseen events can develop .
When challenges come up, take control and confront them head on before they grow into bigger problems. We don’t think in a vacuum. Use your creativity and logic. Every decision is a link in a chain of events
Looking in a Circle
In order to make the best decision, you have to know where you started, where you are, where you are going, and where you want to end up. You need to circle back. Proactive people foresee potential obstacles and exert their power to find ways to overcome them.
Be proactive, speak up, and take charge of your dissertation journey. You must be decisive and willing to do the work right now. Procrastination is not an option.
Take ownership of writing your dissertation and hold yourself accountable. Proactivity will help you take the necessary steps to complete your dissertation.
Dr. Bessie and Dr. Patti
If there is effort, there is always accomplishment.