In the past few weeks, I’ve posted about not being intimidated by your circumstances and also about confronting your fears so you can achieve your goals and dreams. Today, I’d like to talk about going for something even when it doesn’t seem to make sense from looking at the statistics.
Applying to medical school is a very competitive process. Many very intelligent, all-rounded applicants are vying for a select number of spots.This really hit home for me because the number of spots available to me personally are even more limited by the fact that I am applying to schools as an out-of-province or non-traditional applicant. We are talking of numbers like ‘350 applicants for 5 spots’ or ‘100 applicants for 3 spots’. I may be tempted to say to myself, “Why bother? With numbers like that and the highly competitive applicant pool, the odds of getting in are slim.” While on the surface this may seem true, how can I really know unless I try? The worst thing that can happen is I don’t get in. But the best that can happen is an acceptance and me living out my dream. This applies to any venture you may be considering that does not seem attainable but you know deep down you just have to pursue it!
One of my brothers shared a verse in the book of Jeremiah with me the other day that encouraged me to really visualize my dream being accomplished. In God’s call to Jeremiah, God says “What do you see Jeremiah?” Jeremiah responds, “I see the branch of an almond tree” (Jeremiah 1:11). God then responds, “You have seen correctly for I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled…” (Jeremiah 1:12)….”Get yourself ready! Stand up…” (Jeremiah 1:17). It was only when Jeremiah saw and embraced his potential future, that he went on to become one of the greatest prophets of that time.
Even though the odds of me getting into medical school may not seem great from looking at the numbers, I really envision myself as a doctor, I see it happening and I am reaching for it with all my strength. I cannot let seemingly insurmountable odds deter me. I have submitted by medical school applications anyway, and no matter the outcome, I will have no regrets because I know that I have given this my best shot.
So even when it does not seem feasible to do something, even when it seems to defy logic, if you really want to achieve something, give it your best shot and see what happens!