• Shawna Kratochwill

Implementationally* Challenged

Hey all! Have you ever launched a business or done something super scary that nobody around you has done? That's exactly what I have been doing for the last year and a half. First, I joined a roller derby team (are you nuts?) then I started a freelance medical writing business (is that even a thing?). Great ideas; challenging to implement.


Nurses have this fantastic thing called the Nursing Process. It's a 5-step process: 1) assess 2) diagnose 3) plan 4) implement 5) evaluate. This process is the second most annoying thing for nursing students (after care plans). But (unlike care plans) it is 100% useful and helpful in practice. As a nurse, I rock this process. In real life, meh.


What a great idea!

I'm an ideator*, not an implementor. This is how it usually goes: 1) have a great idea 2) try it once to make sure I'm good at it (perfectionist much?) 3) do lots of research on socials 4) gather all the supplies/paraphernalia 5) suck at implementing and get overwhelmed 6) move on to the next great idea.


I've succeeded at many things in my 40+ years. Considering the pattern above, how is that possible? People and WHY. I've learned I succeed when my people help me through the overwhelm of implementation. I'm talking about the deeply connected people who understand my weaknesses and love me anyway. Hallelujah, I have some amazing implementers in my tribe! I also need to know in my bones WHY I am doing the thing. I use my WHY to refocus when my mind is trying to move on. I have to convince myself to persevere.


I don't want to move on from freelance medical writing. I've done it, I enjoy it, and I'm good at it. I have whole list of WHYs (that's for another post). Bless the internet, I found out freelance medical writing is a thing. I also found people to support and mentor me through implementation. I joined a course/mentoring program called Savvy Scribe Growth Lab led by Janine Kelbach and Carol Bush to build my business. These two are fantastic! This is a community of wise people raising each other up in a vulnerable yet supportive space. They are guiding me through implementation because they care about my WHY. I can't even tell you how much I have learned - and implemented.


Check, check, and check!

I am thankful for my people, dedicated to my WHY, and thinking about how I can integrate the Nursing Process into my life. Lifing Process?? I can rock that.


PS. This is NOT an ad or affiliated link; I just wanted to share and possibly guide people like me. And as Carol Bush says, "It's my business and I can do what I want."


*This word is not yet in the dictionary.

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