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Thoughts for Success: Freedom Begins and Ends Within

We are privileged to live in a country where we are free to express our ideas and free to live out our dreams and desires. We are free to come and go as we please. But before we can enjoy all that freedom affords us, we must first free our minds and emotions from those self-defeating thoughts and behaviors that keep us from knowing and living our full potential.

We’re all familiar with the stories of how physical and mental Navy Seal BUD/S training and Hell Week can be. Many of you know the Seal Teams’ motto, “The only easy day was yesterday.” The Navy Seals’ Coronado, California training center has a brass bell in the center of the compound. When a candidate cannot take one more endurance and wants to quit, he simply walks up to the bell – in the public area where all the other candidates can witness his actions – and rings it.


Ring the bell and the candidate is free from early wakeups, unfair inspections, freezing swims, sugarcookie drills and a system so tough that often fewer than 25% of the candidates graduate, or survive, the selection process. The 25% that refuse to be defeated are free to live their dream as a Navy Seal.

We can’t all be Navy Seals, but once we understand that freedom begins and ends within, that is the day we will stop ringing the bell on ourselves. And that is the day we will be free.

God bless America.

P.S. Comment and share how you exercise your privilege to live free.

P.P.S. Remember to tune in Monday, July 7, 12:15pm EST on FOX Business Network’s Varney & Co. show as I expose the dangerous levels of stress among nurses.

2 thoughts on “Thoughts for Success: Freedom Begins and Ends Within

  1. Yep, after reading the freedom blog, I read Stuart’s Take on the Varney & Co. site. I’m not ringing that damn bell and I’m not gonna get any ‘free lunch’ for my determination. Give the public the ugly facts, Vickie. Wish I could watch. I’ll be starting another 60 to 70 hr week of constant multi-tasking and personal potential liability. I attended the Houston CLNC® Certification Seminar last month (by the skin of my teeth) and am doing what I can each day to crawl towards my dream. As a clinical nursing supervisor and case manager in home care on salary I’m gasping for air. It sounds like 2 jobs because it is. It’s also insane. I have raised my 2 awesome children alone and now with them tucked away in college, I’m desperate to pick up the mess and get on with my dream of simply having a life and earning what my years of experience and strength have taught me. The trick is probably a common nursing dilemma – time and money. I can’t believe the work load and menial wages our profession has fallen disrespectfully into. I’ve worked in many acute environments and I am beat. I am self-supporting, mortgage and all, and can’t quit work but need to eat and sleep occasionally (learned that the hard way) too. I will continue to crawl my way to the promised land. I have all the confidence in the world in my own talents and abilities when I get there. And I will get there. So all you Certified Legal Nurse Consultants out there, go for it with all you’ve got! I will be catching up in God’s gracious time. And all you weary ones out there, do not give up! You are not the only one fighting for your dream. There is no disgrace in doing what you have to do, being responsible and working your butt off, paying your bills and scrimping to build your business, until you can eventually do what your heart wants to do. Thank you all for the blogs and support. I’ll be calling in like crazy as soon as I get over the next peak! I respect you all out there tremendously. I know what it requires from each of us. Keep moving forward in defining the brilliant and professionally respected field of all Certified Legal Nurse Consultants and I will proudly catch up with you all soon. Love and regards to you all.

    1. Cindee Weiss,
      I just want to say THANK YOU for putting into words what LIFE is really like for a lot of us. I became a CLNC® consultant 7 years ago and am just now able to go to the next level and take the NACLNC® Private Apprenticeship program. I feel like I’m getting promoted from the 1st grade to the 2nd grade. I so wanted to do this for so long, but couldn’t due to LIFE. The doors have just opened up for me. I pray that I and all of you become successful CLNC® consultants. Thank you Vickie, for making this life changing event possible!
      Janice Booker RN, CLNC

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