As you might have thought or maybe feared, a writer’s perseverance is
one of the strongest predictors of a completed dissertation.
ABD’s or writers of dissertations often bemoan their lack of perseverance.
They have trouble sticking with their writing and moving forward. They often
have trouble “getting it out the door in a timely fashion,” to quote one
definition of perseverance.
Few, if any of my dissertation coaching clients say that perseverance is one
of their top strengths. One client said, “I think I value this [strength]
very much—and hence my distress that I don’t do it.”
Are you curious whether perseverance is one of your top character strengths?
And if it isn’t, what are your top strengths?
I ask my coaching clients to take a Signature Strengths Inventory. It will give
you a ranking of your 24 character strengths.
You can find the VIA Signature Strengths Questionnaire at
Check it out—it’s part of the ongoing research in the new field of positive
Take heart. Even if perseverance is not one of your Signature Strengths, there are ways to finesse this problem. Stay tuned! More to come.
Until next time,
Nancy Whichard, PhD, PCC
nancy @ nancywhichard.com