It is easy to lose perspective when you work alone, as most independent LNCs do. It is easy to not be a motivated legal nurse consultant and to slip into bad habits and mindsets. How do you stand up to the test?
Signs of a Motivated Legal Nurse Consultant
1. You have written goals which you review every day. Your goals cover these aspects: recreation and fun, family and friends, financial, health, business and career, personal and lifestyle. You include time frames by which you want to achieve your goals.
2. You recognize that life and business have ups and downs.
My son taught me this expression: “You can’t enjoy the highs unless you also have lows.”
You know that every business and every life has tough times, and that your tough time will eventually end.
3. You are a positive person. Because you seek positive experiences, you encounter them. You look at a situation and see the bright side. You keep a gratitude journal and document what you appreciate and are thankful for. After spending several days in Washington DC, I am grateful for being able to walk without pain, to have enough money that I don’t have to beg, and to have a normal face (I saw a man who was missing half of his face. He was walking with 2 other guys and was laughing.)
4. You can sniff out a negative person in a heart beat. A motivated legal nurse consultant knows that negative people are toxic and can destroy your mood and ambition. You ignore negative people and realize their world view is not your world view.
5. You associate with positive, motivated people, and look for them both within the LNC world and in the world outside our field.
6. You love to learn. You know that legal nurse consulting and medical legal issues change and evolve. Your learning does not end, and you see that as a good thing.
7. You take control of situations that are your responsibility. You recognize there are situations and people you cannot control. You turn off your accountability meter (that invisible sense of wanting to fix things) when warranted. For example, I watched a woman parallel park on a Washington DC street and deliberately leave the car in front of her without any room to get out of the space. By deciding to not point out what she had done, I turned off my accountability meter.
I am sure there are other traits of a motivated legal nurse consultant. These 7 are the ones that I find make a lot of difference for success. What traits do you want to add to this list?
• Modified from Mark Hunter, High Profit Prospecting, AMACOM, 2017