In Friday’s blog I talked about how you can only achieve what you imagine. Imagining your legal nurse consulting success is not about daydreaming. I can daydream with the best, especially if it’s about Richard Gere. But let’s face it, no matter how much I daydream, Richard is NOT going to ride in on his white horse and sweep me up like he did Julia Roberts in the Pretty Woman movie.
The imagination I’m speaking of is more productive. It’s an imagination that you can picture and then can do. It’s like a dress rehearsal for achievement.
Tom arranged for me to be at an event with Richard Gere. I could have just hung in the background, ogling him from a distance. But how often does a husband set his wife up with Richard Gere? About as often as a wife sets her husband up with Scarlett Johansson, like… NEVER!
So before I went to the event I imagined, and no, it’s not what you’re thinking. I imagined walking up to him without tripping, talking without stuttering and starting a conversation without drooling into my wine glass. Vividly imagining how it was going to happen built the bridge to make it happen.
Because I imagined this encounter so vividly, I actually spent time with the man that every other woman admired from afar. I know you think this was easy for me. But it wasn’t. Hey… I’m used to talking to RNs and Certified Legal Nurse Consultants, not famous movie actors.
You can daydream about hordes of attorneys calling you out of the blue and that hunky guy in brown shorts dropping off boxes of legal nurse consultant jobs on your doorstep. Or you can imagine how you will gain three new attorney-clients by exhibiting at a legal conference.
You can also imagine walking up to attorneys without tripping, talking without stuttering and starting a conversation that results in you going home with a case. That’s the power of productive imagination.
I know some of you are still thinking “But Vickie, I don’t have a vivid imagination.” Of course you do. We all imagine powerful things that worry us. It’s easy to imagine the worst. We’re nurses, it’s what we do. For example, have you ever had a severe headache and thought brain cancer?
How about when your spouse is late coming home? You don’t think traffic – you think multi-car collision. What about when your mother-in-law happens to drop in? You don’t think she wants dinner, you think she wants to move in!
We all have imaginations; we just don’t always use them with productive intention. Without intention, our imagination might run out of control and only see only obstacles ahead.
Maybe your imagination also goes to the dark side, summoning a fear of stepping out in your legal nurse business, such as the fear of hearing an attorney say no to you. Consider this. Colonel Sanders was rejected 1,009 times before he sold his secret recipe. Walt Disney was rejected 302 times before getting a loan to build Disneyland.
Even Albert Einstein received rejection. He was rejected not once, but twice by the same university, first when he applied to be a student and second when he applied to become a professor.
Every successful Certified Legal Nurse Consultant hears No along the way to Yes. That’s not an obstacle. That’s part of the success track. Don’t let your imagination dwell on obstacles. Instead direct it to open a bold path to what you want for your legal nurse consulting business.
Here are 4 ways to spark imagination for your CLNC® business:
- Create a quiet space so you can hear your creative voice.
Do you wake up and create a quiet space or do you just hit the ground running? You know what it’s like. You wake up 20 minutes before it’s time to leave the house, dash to the car, dash to an attorney’s office or dash to your computer to analyze the next legal nurse consultant job. You hardly have time to think, much less imagine.
So here’s your first important tool for productive imagination. Peace and quiet. Even if it’s only for 10 or 20 minutes each day, every day. If it means getting up 20 minutes earlier or turning off the morning news to find a quiet space to imagine, do it. In fact, try it now.
- Take a breath and let go of the clutter in your head.
- Let go of all the brain-clutter, all the stuff you’re worried about, let it go.
- Take another breath.
That’s right. Get rid of the clutter in your brain. Distractions are all around us. 1,700 times a day your brain is working to filter out TV, talk radio, loud music in restaurants, news programs, reality shows – all the clutter bombarding our brain.
How productive is your imagination going to be when the first thing you hear in the morning is the latest update on the next Kardashian getting married, having a baby or launching yet another reality TV show. Now that’s scary. Take another breath. Brain clutter – it gets you nowhere.
- Listen to music.
If silence is uncomfortable, listen to music. An inspiring piece of music is a catalyst for inciting the creative mind, to imagine and to trigger images. Create a stimulating playlist, whether it’s via your iPod®, CD player or Spotify. Find music that inspires you. When listening, allow the music to wash over you and imagine even stronger possibilities for your legal nurse consulting success.
- Tap into water.
Being in water, near water or listening to water also triggers the imagination. Feel the water wash away your tension. Feel the water stir your imagination. Feel the water calm and open you up to your strongest desire. The easiest way for me to tap into water is to fill my tub with hot water and take a quick soak with aromatic bath salts. Maybe a bubble bath would work for you. I find that those 10 minutes in the tub wash away 10 hours of stress. Try it for yourself and see.
- Get moving.
If being still is stifling, movement might be the catalyst you need. Movement – especially repetitive, rhythmic exercise such as walking, jogging, hiking or bicycling turns the logical mind off and the imagination on. The creative mind is free to go off in all directions. At the end of my day I always take a quick spin around my neighborhood. I don’t go fast or far – but I do go far enough to free my creative mind of the constraints of the workday and to engage my mind in more imaginative things.
Carve out time each day to sit quietly, listen to music, tap into water or take that daily walk. Do something to stir your imagination.
Today I’ve talked about the first step to brilliant CLNC success – imagination. What’s the next step? That’s right – Once you imagine it, the next step is to believe it. But that’s a subject for another blog. Stay tuned.
Success Is Yours (once you start imagining it)!
P.S. Comment and share your biggest and boldest imaginations for your legal nurse consulting business.