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It's true. When we live in fear, we are guaranteed not to reach our potential. Being afraid to fall does not make for a good skating program. And being afraid to fail does not make for a good dissertation.
My best dissertation will be the dissertation I love writing. If I let worry eat away at my day—afraid it won't be good enough, afraid my external reader won't like it, afraid I missed something, afraid I've gotten it wrong, afraid I can't make my deadline—the dissertation will never sing. When I let go of my fears, I can remember why I started this journey in the first place, and the process is full of joy again. I love to study. I love to learn. I love to write. I love this dissertation. And I will love watching this dream come true.
Oh, and in case you've been wondering where I went, I've been locked away working on my double salchow ... uh, I mean my footnotes. It takes a lot of work behind the scenes to skate a perfect program!