Limiting Beliefs in Pharmacy School

It’s too late to do research.

I’m not prepared for this rotation.

If my idea was good, someone would have done it by now.

My grades aren’t good enough for that.

I’m terrible at talking to patients.

The application is due in two days – that’s not enough time.


The last example above, about the application, was me. I happened to see one of my professors and said this to her. She immediately said, “Of course there’s time! Do you need a letter from me?” To be honest, I didn’t even think about asking her for a letter. I had already convinced myself that 48 hours was too long to put together an application. I had already belittled myself for behind the curve, AGAIN. Her enthusiasm and willingness to write me a letter sparked something within me.


I realized that my limiting beliefs weren’t doing anything for me, so why did I keep using them?

These are just a few of the limiting beliefs that I’ve heard from pharmacy students. During school [or our entire lives?], it’s easy to compare ourselves to others. That puts in a position to feel inferior. If we have those thoughts on repeat, when opportunities arise, our minds are already playing a negative soundtrack. Opportunities that could change the course of your career. Opportunities that could open up doors, introduce you to more people, and ultimately, lead to YOUR GROWTH.


What limiting beliefs are you telling yourself?


Don’t talk yourself out of the awesome opportunities around you. Don’t convince yourself that you’re not ready, you’re not good enough, you don’t know how, you don’t know anyone there, or you don’t have enough experience. How? Start with self-awareness: becoming aware of what you’re telling yourself.


If you’re not sure how to break the cycle of limiting beliefs, chat with your mentor. If you don’t have a mentor, you’ve got me: 21stcenturypharmd@gmail.com.


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