“You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow. This opportunity comes once in a lifetime.” These lyrics from Eminem resonate so much with my life, but they also do with yours. Music is powerful and can help put things into perspective for us. The words in music can be open to interpretation. You say, “Kyle, what do you mean?” Well, ladies and gentlemen you are gearing up to take the biggest exam you have ever taken in your life. The N.P.T.E. is your one shot to prove your value as an official licensed clinician. I know for many of you it feels like the stakes have never been higher. Your school is putting pressure on you due to their 100% pass rate or their desire to have 100% pass rate. Understand this, you dominating this exam is about you, not your university.
This is your life! Life can be so draining when we try to live up to the expectations of other people. It’s time to put you first and crush this exam. Quiet the voice in your head that is focusing on what your school is saying. For some of you, you may need to quiet the voice in your head that says you do terrible with taking standardized tests. Guess what? The A.C.T. is gone, the S.A.T. is gone, and the G.R.E. is gone. No matter how you did on those, they brought you to this moment right here. Stop living in the past, the reward isn’t back there; it is in front of you. You’ve been focused on all the reasons you think you can’t pass instead of all the reasons that you can. STOP! No more! No more excuses, no more feeling sorry for yourself, and no more putting your destiny in the hands of other people.
From this day forward, you need to declare yourself a victor not a victim. Kill the victim mentality! You only get one shot to make an impactful first impression, and you only get one shot to make the most out of the life you were given. You are not a cat; you don’t get nine chances at this life. Relish in your journey every day, and keep in mind that you are in control of it. When it’s time for you to take the N.P.T.E., I need you focused on being the best version of yourself. Not being the best for your family, friends, or your university. At the end of the day, if you focus on being the best version of yourself, you can not and will not lose. So, if you feel like the pressure is on, so be it. However, let it be the pressure you put on yourself to give this opportunity everything that you can give. Keep in mind, pressure busts pipe and makes diamonds. If you want to shine as a doctor of physical therapy, you must survive the pressure as a student physical therapist.
Today is decision day, and I am going to give you an ultimatum. I hope this is when you realize you are the master of your fate and captain of your soul. So, before I give you this choice I need you to comprehend something. In preparing for the N.P.T.E., there is a way that you can clearly separate yourself from your peers that won’t pass. There are two categories of people. You have your privates and you have your generals. The privates are very low-level entry level army position and do not make a lot of decisions; they follow orders. The generals are top class, top ranked decision makers with a lot of responsibility. The main difference between these two are the way life unfolds for them. In the words of Bob Proctor, “Life will either happen by design, or it will happen by default.” The generals take initiative and create the life they want, and the privates are stuck taking orders and being knocked around in life. You all are about to have the chance to become doctors; doctors are the decision makers. There is no way around this fact. Now it’s up to you to decide. Are you a general or are you a private?
Karl Bourne, Lead Blog Writer