Dear PT Students,
As a new grad, I was struggling with a patient and voiced my frustrations to a co-worker. She listened to me and then asked me the following three questions:
1. Are you using all the resources you have to help this patient?
2. Are you trying your absolute best?
3. Will you keep trying?
My answer to all three questions was “yes”, but this did nothing to calm the frustrations. And then she looked at me and gave me the one piece of advice that I still carry today:
“You don’t have to be perfect, you just have to keep getting better.”
Perfection is unrealistic. While we all want to be perfect, chasing perfection is bound to leave us feeling like we aren’t good enough, as it did for me with my patient.
Chasing improvement is where growth replaces the fear of failure. So, whether a difficult course, a tough patient case, or an experience that scares you, focus on getting better. And ask yourself:
Am I using all my resources, am I trying my best, and will I keep trying?
We can all be better than we were yesterday and that is what counts.