ONE Small Change Can Have a BIG Impact!

       I hope that your Thanksgiving holiday was as much of a blessing as it was for me! I would like to share with you a brief Pre-PT and Life lesson I learned from a Black Friday chat with a Best Buy Employee just hours after the food was settling in. As I was waiting to be checked out, I got into a casual conversation with an employee that soon turned to a deep discussion about life and success.

       He went on to tell me how he blew an amazing opportunity while playing college football as a wide receiver. It was the kind of opportunity that would have likely ended with him going pro. However, a few mistakes completely altered his trajectory. During his first year of college, he did not take his academics seriously, and this led to him losing a major scholarship as well as an opportunity to play professionally. Following that, he spent some time in the military where he learned the power of habits. He said, "Joses, there is nothing you are limited from achieving if you set your mind on it!" Then he concluded by saying that "Resolve will not overcome routine!" That stuck with me!

       As a Pre-PT, you will certainly have "highs" and "lows". You need to be careful however, not to expect the "highs" to carry you through every day. The resolve to accomplish what is necessary as a Pre-PT, will not override the consistency of routine or habits. Developing daily habits of success will pull you towards success regardless of how drained or low you may feel on a particular day.

       Your habits will also compound over time. Such habits may include setting aside certain times out of your day to study, regardless of how you feel. Other beneficial habits include exercising at the same time, daily. It is important to ask yourself where your weak points are right now as a Pre-Physical Therapy Student! Those weaknesses are a product of habits that need to be sharpened.

       Always remember your purpose. There is a much bigger picture and story than this week or semester. Hundreds of future patients and clients are waiting for you to provide them with the best care ​​and value possible. It takes good habits to get there though. Those habits take time to foster, but they are worthwhile to you and those you will serve as a professional. These are the very habits that will propel you through PT school and the rest of your career as you continue to [D]ecide, [P]repare, and [T]ransform into a stellar future DPT student and Clinician!

Joses Ngugi PT,DPT
Pre-PT Grind Co-Founder

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