Perspective is a power tool that is so often neglected. The struggles student physical therapists deal with nine times out of ten are mental. It is so easy for us to get in our own heads. The success we want is within our grasp; we just need to reach out and grasp it. I’ve dealt with impostor syndrome numerous times. Thoughts sank in that I wasn’t good enough. Maybe I’m not smart enough for these classes. Maybe this isn’t really what I’m cut out for. Before I know it, the same mind that empowers me has me crippled. Many of you can relate to this. It seems no matter what you can’t seem to get a break. Every day is a test. It’s a test of your will and a test of your character.
The stress sinks in for student physical therapists. For some of us, it runs deeper than others. You think to yourself, “Why can’t I get this information down?” How easily we forget the hard work that got us into our programs. Shame on you and shame on me. It’s time to look in the mirror and remember who the hell you are. It took hard work to get into a physical therapy program, and It will take even more work to finish it. To be in this position, realize you are more than qualified. Heavy is the head that wears the crown. Now is not the time to shy away from the challenge; it is time to embrace the hardship that will reward abundantly. It is time to be truthful about your situation, and it is imperative to self-assess. What is the reason you can’t learn enough? I think you’ll find it is within
How many times have you pushed off studying to do something that was a distraction? How often have you neglected your studies for temporary pleasure? The root of the problem may be what I like to refer to as P.T.P. You give yourself permission to procrastinate. To be able to master your craft, the necessary sacrifices must be made. Don’t make them only when you feel like it, but even when it is difficult. In the words of motivational speaker Inky Johnson, “Commitment is staying true to what you said you would do long after the mood that you said it in has left.” Never forget this, and as always stay committed.
-Karl Bourne, Lead Blog Writer