“…many hands and hearts and minds generally contribute to anyone’s notable achievements. We share, to a large extent, one another’s fate. We help create those circumstances which favor or challenge us in meeting our objectives and realizing our dreams.” ~Walt Disney
I want to introduce you to an incredible friend of mine. Her name is Denise. She would be the first to admit, that she was NOT a runner. She laughed that she could barely run half a block without getting winded. Denise, her husband Hansen and another couple decided to run a marathon. Once they registered and paid the money, there was no turning back. The goal was set. Now they needed a plan. They purchased the Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer which helped them lay out their training regimen. With a plan in place, all they needed was determination and commitment to the plan. They started in June. The marathon was in October. There were many days when one of the fearsome four didn’t feel like running or training. They lifted each other up with encouragement and support. I am happy to report they all ran in the Chicago marathon, and finished with respectable times. The entire experience and the feeling of achievement were unbelievable!
Pursuing your education is a lot like running a marathon. Although the activities are more mental than physical, the process is the same. You set a goal for yourself – to complete your degree or pursue advanced education. You laid out a plan that seemed to make sense. Now comes the hard part – life happens – especially in adult education. You have obligations to yourself, your family, your work, your church, your community and your friends. Your best laid plans now seem obscure. Don’t give up on your goal. This is where the commitment and determination are paramount. This is when you reach out to others who are in a similar situation for help, support and encouragement – your fellow students. Just as Denise discovered, the training was tough – something she had never experienced before. Through faith, determination and perseverance she stayed committed to the goal. As she discovered, the end result was well worth the effort. Your education will change your life.