Lisa Nichols, contributing author of The Secret and one of the great inspirational speakers of our time, believes the best way to stay motivated when continuing your education is to "begin with the end in mind." Pushing forward through challenges is what makes accomplishment so gratifying. Every accomplishment leads to personal growth. Nichols believes that making the completion of your degree "non-negotiable" means that you will not settle for anything less.
Kaplan University's online degree programs cater to the busy lifestyle of today's working professional. The distance learning programs available at Kaplan University could help you further your career, potentially lead to advancement opportunities, and assist in creating a different lifestyle for you and your family.* Nichols relates her own life experiences as a single mother working full time in this inspirational video that address the challenges Kaplan University students may be facing. She encourages students to recognize how important pursuing a degree can be to their professional success. Perhaps one of the most powerful messages Nichols relays is to focus on the positive outcome continuing education can bring. She urges students to "stay motivated by not checking into how difficult it might be" but to "check in with how sweet it gets to be."
*Kaplan University's programs are designed to prepare graduates to pursue employment in their field of study, or in related fields. However, the University does not guarantee that graduates will be placed in any particular job, eligible for job advancement opportunities, or employed at all. Additional training or certification may be required.
"I would say to a Kaplan [University] student, 'You've really made a decision to take your life by the reigns, to give yourself a second, third, fourth, fifth chance. That this season is your season and that you've served everyone else and this gift is a gift for you.' When you serve yourself you allow yourself to then begin to serve everyone else from your overflow. But one of the things I would mainly say is that when you've been good to you, this is a gift, when you've been good to you then you'll serve with more gratitude to everyone else so hold on to this. Hold on to this moment; carve out time. There's never enough time. There are a hundred people that are going to pull at you- carve out this space for you. Say, 'You know what? I've nurtured everyone, I've served everyone, this is my moment. This is my time to shine. This journey with Kaplan [University] is super important to me and it's non-negotiable.'
When you say 'no matter what,' graduating should be 'no matter what.' 'No matter what' means I've removed every other option off the table. Graduating and taking advantage of this opportunity is something that nothing else can happen but this; this is non-negotiable. When you move everything else off the table other than making it, the only thing left is making it and so I would say to the Kaplan [University] student, 'you've already jumped in, now say 'no matter what'.'
I think one of the ways to stay motivated is to begin with the end in mind. See yourself on graduation day, see yourself with a certificate saying, 'I completed. I did it. It's done.' See yourself in the lifestyle that this accomplishment will award you to have. When you being with the end in mind and you get so viscerally and emotionally connected to the outcome. Steven Covey, the author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, says, 'Begin with the end in mind.' See it, believe it, taste it, walk it, talk it, feel it and then go every day just getting to that feeling in reality. Have such a barometer to show you where you're going and know what it looks like to be there and then become non-negotiable on it.
Stay motivated by not checking into how difficult it might be, check in with how sweet it gets to be. I believe that my life today is a result of hunkering down and seeing myself in a place where I wasn't; seeing myself in a lifestyle that was barely recognizable. But before I could get to this place where, I live the life I love today and I love the life I live, before I could get here I had to see. Then I had to get busy creating it. There are parts of my journey when I wanted to stop and for me to tell you that it didn't occur would be a lie. I wanted to stop; I got tired, I was a single mother, a little baby, no money, no time, no energy; but when I pushed passed whatever that discomfort was and I got to the other side of that small accomplishment- whether it be getting a project done, getting homework done, getting an assignment done, having a meeting- when I got to the other side I know that with every fiber in my body, every breath in my body that I in some way wasn't the same before I got through it.
Baby step by baby step, spoonful by spoonful, moment by moment, test by test, hour by hour, I began to transform into the woman that I am today. Your transformation started when you registered; when you said, 'this is for me. I want to be great, I want to be wonderful, I want to be accomplished.' No apologies for that. Your transformation has already begun and I'll see you on the other side."