I know many of you think I’ve got it all together and have never known a moment’s fear. But that’s simply not true. When I interviewed with my first attorney-prospect I was terrified. I knew in theory attorneys needed nurses, but that didn’t suppress the fear.
I walked into that first attorney’s office, sat down facing a Texas good ‘ole boy, and to my horror, my legs were literally shaking. I wasn’t sure I could make it through the interview, much less gather the strength to open my mouth and speak to him coherently. That’s why John Wayne’s words “Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway” speak to me.
All I did on that fateful day in 1982 was saddle up despite my fear. How did I do it? By remembering who I was – a registered nurse. I thought, “If this same attorney was in the hospital with a hospital gown on and his backside showing I would have no problem talking to him – sticking him with a needle – or worse.” I got on with the interview and the rest is legal nurse consulting history.
Saddling up can be just as terrifying as the deed itself and since my first attorney interview, every time I’ve engaged in a new adventure, whether it’s cattle driving (real horse, real saddle, real cattle, faux cowgirl), scuba diving, gorilla trekking or managing employees, I’ve remembered those words and said to myself “giddy up” and gotten on with it. The anticipation is usually worse than the deed.
Here’s the funny thing – I’ve talked to CLNC® consultants who would rather jump out of a perfectly good airplane than talk to an attorney. The only thing standing between you and a successful legal nurse consulting business is saddling up and getting on with it. It’s normal to be scared, but what’s not normal is letting that fear keep you from enjoying the life and CLNC business you’re capable of building. What are you waiting for? Giddy up!
Success Is Yours!
P.S. Comment and share how you put yourself in the saddle even when you’re scared to death.