I am whatever you say I am, and if I wasn’t then why would I say I am? Wait, let me backtrack because I could never let you believe you have that much power. Not to be offensive, but I don’t really care who you say I am. On the other hand, maybe to some extent, I do care. However, the point that I’m trying to make is I can’t allow someone else’s perception of me to become my reality. Too often we fall victim to allowing other people to determine our identity. We don’t take enough ownership over our lives. As a result, there becomes an undeniable disconnect. The person we want to be can be misinterpreted as the person we use to be. The person we are now can be the reason we don’t reach the person we are yearning to become.
When you look in the mirror, do you see your positives and the individual you can evolve into? Or when you look in the mirror, do you see all the insecurities and things that are holding you back? Hell, sometimes it may be a mix of both. Impostor syndrome does not discriminate; it does not matter your race, socioeconomic status, or religion. The mind is a powerful tool that holds the keys to the mental limitations that can bind us. This same key is the one that opens the door for endless opportunities. When I look at my own life, there are constant reminders of how a lack of confidence can prove to be my downfall. Have you ever felt like this before? It’s like you believe in yourself, but at the same time you have that uncertainty.
It’s crazy to think about how much confidence can do for our lives when we develop some. The times where I was able to reach different peaks of success, my confidence was at an all time high. The times where I saw a lack of progress or success, my confidence may have been low. I realized that this mattered tremendously. In your preparation for the NPTE and becoming a clinician, confidence makes all the difference in the world. This can be broken down to a deeper level of even your vocabulary. The verbiage you choose to use is more powerful than you can imagine. I know I’m guilty of this, but how many times have you talked to someone about something you’re doing and said, “I’m alright.” I’m alright at speaking. I’m alright at taking tests. I’m alright with this topic. Does this sound familiar? It does to me.
When I say this, I’m not coming from a condescending standpoint I promise. However, I do want you to realize that you are sabotaging your success, by speaking and even thinking in this manner. It’s time to make the necessary shift in your mind. Also, you must realize confidence in certain topics comes from repetition. Make it a priority to implement the things you are struggling with, into your schedule daily. The only way to make something a strength is to relentless build the foundation from your weakness. You can’t be a master of something if you see it every other week or so. So, I’m challenging you find a topic and for the next fourteen days devote time to work on it. This should be whatever material it is you are having difficulty with. If you did this, how much further would you be? What would your confidence look like? Don’t waste your time any longer with things that don’t matter and spend most of your time on things that do. No more excuses, these next fourteen days get it done. We will prevail by any means necessary. Consistency breeds confidence, and confidence breeds Doctor of Physical Therapy. Make it happen, point, blank, period.
-Karl Bourne, Lead Blog Writer