You’re smart. You’ve made it into a doctoral program. Beasted coursework... albeit some days it got a bit rough. You may even have some publications and presented at all the conferences. So, why can’t you figure out this dissertation thing? The thing no one tells you is that your confusion or lack of process is not entirely your fault. Think about it...your courses may have helped you think about potential research topics. There are some things that are your responsibility and in your control right now that you are putting off. These things will definitely continue to stall you. And that’s what I’m going to share with you.
The truth is, you don’t have all the answers and nor should you have all the answers. The dissertation is a learning activity designed for you to demonstrate your understanding of the research process. Are you able to design, complete, and write up a research project? Once you have demonstrated that you are able to do that then you can be called a doctor.