Recently I have been talking to graduate students who seem to have lost their mojo. Are you still confident that you will finish or still want to finish your PhD? What happened to that person who applied to graduate school filled with hope and confidence? Where did that person go? If you could talk to him or her what would you say?
When students apply to graduate they are filled with confidence that rivals superman and wonder woman. I am writing this newsletter to remind you that for you to get a PhD you will need your confidence. You will need your confidence to: (1) conduct your research, (2) write up the results, (3) defend your results, (4) find a job and to (5) be successful. Your confidence cannot be locked away until you finish your degree or pushed in the back of your closet where your smaller clothes no longer fit. Your confidence needs to be front and center. You got accepted into a graduate program because someone iincluding you thought that you were smart, intelligent, productive, personable, and strong minded. It doesn’t mean that you know everything but it does means that if you don’t know, you are a researcher, you know how to find the things you don’t know.
This blog deals with How do we exactly get inspired when we’re not? Or get out of a rut of comfort or complacency?
The following are 7 things that you can do to build your confidence back:
- Become more creative
- Speak up
- Do something to get noticed
- Dress up
- Look at your High School Pictures
- Have more Gratitude
- Take the focus off of Self
For graduate students here are some suggestions:
- Read your Statement of Purpose that you used to apply to graduate school
- If your wrote a Master’s thesis read it.
- If you have had a paper published take a look at it
- Look at your old report cards
- Reread your dissertation proposal look for the clarity and direction that you had
- Find a picture of yourself when you were younger and bright-eye and still hopeful
- Find you a Theme Song
- Join Toastmasters International
- Check out The Artist Way by Julia Cameron 13 week exercises
- Go visit your High School or go to your High School Reunion
- Update your CV or Resume
- Present your some aspect research at a brown bag outside of your discipline (it doesn’t have to be finished)
- Learn something new and fun…How about ballet, Yoga, Boxing, belly dancing, line dancing, swimming, P90x
- Mentor a young adult
- Volunteer at a local high school
- Write a letter to your younger self
- Finish a chapter
You can add more suggestions to this list in the comment section below.