Fail to Plan is Planning to Fail

Nov 19, 2017

Let us talk about planning your career and planning out your life.

Back in high school, I was an average student with a 3.05- 3.10 GPA. I had to take 15 credits to maintain a $250 scholarship I obtained in college.

Physical therapy was hot back then, and you needed a 3.7 - 3.85 GPA to be able to get in and even that was not a guarantee. That being said I needed to STEP UP MY GAME.

But, I had a GOAL.

“I had to take myself to the next level”

I was working in my first semester of college, but still got a 4.0. It wasn’t hard for me to work hard because I knew this was what I wanted. I wanted to become a Physical Therapist.

Many of us don’t know what we are doing, because we don't know what we want.

You need to sit down and ask yourself, “Where am I going?”

Physical Therapy school teaches us to be a generalist. You can do acute. You can work at a SNF. You can work in an ALF or home health. You can work in outpatient. 

What is happening right now after school, is that most say, “I just want to work wherever.” Instead, we should be saying, ““What do I really want to do?” or “Who do I really want to serve?.

Once you have the answers to those questions you can now say, “You know what, this is what I have to do” and the path becomes clear.

A fairly new physical therapist reached out to me to me and asked, “How did you know when was the right time for you to take the leap into practice ownership?” 

 Watch the video here: Physical Therapist Tip - Fail to Plan Is Planning to Fail

Here's my answer: 

I had the goal of doing my own thing. The way that I was being treated in the company I worked for was not in line with how I wanted to be treated at my practice.  I wasn’t able to give the care that I wanted, and I wasn’t able to help people beyond what insurance was allowing them to come, which was not in line with my goals. That’s the answer I gave her.

If you don’t have goals, how would you know if it’s in line with what you really want?

Most people have no clue what their goals are because they don’t know the questions to ask themselves. So they are just aimlessly wandering, thinking something is going to go "poof" but it doesn’t work like that.

Every single one of you can have whatever goals you want for your career, whether it is physical therapy or not, but you have to start asking yourself the right questions. 

It’s all about reverse engineering.

You have to work backwards.

After finishing  work, I am going to run four miles, and when I go out there, I have a goal of getting as far as four miles. It’s clear. I might be on my second mile and feel tired but I’m not going to stop because I have clear goals.

One of the things that I am very thankful for is that I can use my influence, especially on YouTube, I can use it to help people with reverse engineering what their thoughts are, dreams, what they want, and that’s really what I do all the time.

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