Do you really think you’re ready to go the next level? Are you ready for all the responsibility that comes along with being a doctor of physical therapy? Now I ask you this question because I want to make sure you know what you are getting yourself into. They say with every new level there is a new devil. With more responsibility, there can come more reward, but also more sacrifice. The habits you have been building for the last couple of years, whether good or bad, will follow you into your career. So, let me ask you again. Do you really think you’re ready to go to the next level? I’ve seen something happen way to often even with myself. We all want to shine like diamonds, but no one wants to get cut. Often, we think success is like a meal we just place in the microwave to get quick results. I don’t know about you, but for me some of the best meals I’ve ever had came out of the crockpot. The difference in the meals was the amount of time invested in each. I’m here to tell you success is the same damn thing. You can’t take short cuts and expect you deserve the life you’ve dreamed about.
Don’t you ever play yourself. You could never cheat the grind and expect to live a life of fulfillment. The difference between you and the person that you want to be is a lack of discipline. You envision in your mind a future where you can live a life of abundance, but what seeds are you planting now to reap that abundance later? If you can’t think of any seeds, that means it is time you take a step back and self-assess what needs to be done. Start planting those seeds. Don’t expect you can handle running your own clinic, managing patients, or even passing your NPTE when you don’t invest into yourself. You must first invest in yourself before you can reach the level of greatness that you want. We all fall short of our goals and fail, but the most important thing is to not dwell on this. The way to make this happen is continuously investing in yourself. The truly elite stand out because they don’t allow themselves to become complacent. They are on a never-ending quest of self-growth and personal development.
We could all take a page out of the book of the elites in our field of work. Study their habits and make associations with the things they do that allows them to be as successful as they are. You owe it to your patients to be able to give them all you have. Hell, you owe it to yourself to become the man or woman you have always wanted to be. I’ve seen many people fall short of their goals and point their finger. They blame circumstances, other people, and everything else except their damn self. If you fall into this category, I urge you to stop while you’re ahead. Winners can’t allow themselves to become entangled in this victim mentality. Success is never owned; it is only rented, and the rent is due every day. In order to pay the rent, you must start by investing in yourself. Do something today your future self will thank you for. Do something this week that your future patients will be grateful you decided to do. Take your studying serious so you can become the expert I know you can be.
Stop looking for handouts and expecting for things to be easy. This is not the way things work. Everything worth having comes at a price. The price of greatness involves the amount of time and resources you are willing to get to invest in yourself. Don’t tell me life is hard and things never work out for you, yet you stray away from the things that are meant to help you. Excuses and complaints are a sure way to get nowhere fast. I’ve seen it many times before in the people with victim mentalities. Don’t let this be you. From this day forward, I need you to stop saying no to the very things that will catapult you to success. If it’s important to you, you will find a way. If not, you will find an excuse. Invest in yourself and no matter how barren things seem the rain will come down eventually. Then, and only then, we will be able to witness the rose that grew from the concrete.
-Karl Bourne, Lead Blog Writer