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Dealing with Peer Pressure During NPTE Preparation


I have so many thoughts that race through my head at a fast pace. They are the kind of thoughts that deliberately nag and persecute me. They are also the kind that captivate and inspire me. Within the fortitude of my mind, there is a war that rages on. The battle between positivity and negativity seems never ending. In fact, I remind myself I will always have to fight the good fight. I control my thoughts, but at certain points I think my thoughts may control me. I can be my biggest fan and greatest asset, yet at the drop of a dime I am my own worst enemy and biggest obstacle. We all start in the same place in life, and we also end in the same place. Like sand through the hour glass so are the days of our lives. We run on borrowed time, and everyday we see is a blessing. Take a moment and realize you are not here on accident.


You are here to fulfill a purpose and leave your mark on this earth. The dreams and goals you have in place know no limitations except the ones you place on them. You are the purest form of potential energy that can be harnessed into an immovable and unshakable force. You can trailblaze a path that has never been made before, and you can change this world for the better. You can be the light to someone who was entrenched in darkness for so long. The world is yours and everything in it, are you going to go get it? If the answer to that question was no, come back and read this when you take yourself seriously. However, if the answer was yes, it’s time you start understanding how strong you really are. Let me explain.


The life that you have is unique to you, and your path is not the same as your family, friends, or anyone else for that matter. I am a firm believer that there are two types of people in this world. There are those of us that lets life happen for us, and those of us that lets life happen to us.  This is synonymous to being passive versus being aggressive. Be the Picasso that creates a beautiful life of fulfillment for yourself. Realize that you are in the driver’s seat of this vehicle called life. Truthfully, we all hand the keys over to someone else at some point. This can come in the form of letting your parents dictate who you date, or letting your friends decide what music you listen to. Before you know it, you are no longer the driver. You aren’t even riding shotgun. You are a backseat passenger while someone else is in control of your life. Don’t be to hard on yourself, because as humans we are susceptible to error. That will never change. So, don’t seek perfection because it doesn’t exist. Seek self-growth and progression. This will undoubtedly allow you to learn how to navigate the roadways of life, with you behind the wheel. Being in control means you can stand on your own two feet and be a decision maker.


One of the major problems we face is succumbing to the temptation of peer pressure. The voices in your head begin to be so loud, but they are full of the sounds of someone else’s voice. Peer pressure is one of the reasons many people never live up to the level of greatness they should. They become so comfortable with other people’s opinions that they don’t even value their own opinion anymore. The thoughts they once had are drowned out by external noise. How you gonna win, when you ain’t right within? The peace derived from your inner world will translate into your outer world. As you study for your N.P.T.E. focus on not surrendering to peer pressure. Be strong and steadfast in your quest for success. I know your friends are telling you come out and have fun. I know your peers are saying you study too much, and you should just take the exam already. Here is where I want you to remember you are in control of your life. At times, it’s difficult to say no and it’s much easier to just say yes.


It seems like overcoming peer pressure is easier said than done. You already have this big exam to take, but you also have people in your corner telling you take the exam. Your parents, your school, and your peers think you are ready. I’m here to tell you that you must stand on your own two feet and decide to follow your instinct. You must trust yourself enough to know whether you are ready for the exam or not. Don’t let other people sway you to make a hasty decision that will hurt you in the long run. I know it’s hard, but you must deafen yourself to the critiques going on around you. In order to be the best clinician, you must strengthen your decision making. This means deciding between taking the exam because you are ready or other people feel you are ready. Remember, this is your future and what is best for everyone else is not necessarily best for you. Stick to your gut.


Don’t give in to other people. Remember that after you pass your N.P.T.E. you will be a doctor. You will be a highly skilled health professional but more importantly a decision maker. The pattern of decision making you have now will follow you into the clinic. How could you possibly expect to treat patients if you can’t trust your own intuition? The blind can’t lead the blind, and sheep can’t lead the shepherd. Step up! Take control! Make today the last day you allow others to dictate your life. Prove to yourself that you deserve to be a doctor by practicing good habits now. Do something today that your future self will thank you for. Stay in your lane and keep your tunnel vision on. In the words of author Shannon Alder, “Confidence is knowing who you are and not changing it a bit because someone’s version of reality is not your reality.” Be confident in your decision making, go pass the N.P.T.E. and you can help make this world a better place. 

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