It seems like I circle back to this topic about once every year, and with good reason.
It’s just that important.
Last Friday marked the second deadline for this year’s round of Open Book Questions for aspiring COVT’s. “It has been a little stressful”, mentioned one of my co-workers who’s currently going through the process.
That’s a bit like saying the national news lately has been “a little negative”
With so much going on in your office and in mine, time does tend to go faster than a knife fight in a phone booth. But fret not, for you’re 2/3rd’s of the way there. In fact, you just did something impressive; you’ve taken one more incredible step towards completing that certification. Life is good.
Which is perfect. Just perfect. So now let me let you in on a little secret. Three secrets actually.
- Hang in there
- You’re awesome
- You can do this
When it comes to the “hang in there” part, please take it to heart. Remember, this is a marathon, not a sprint. All you need to do from here is complete those last three question in the next few weeks, complete a written test that you’ll have plenty of time to study for, and then enjoy a wonderful celebration in St. Louis. I know, I left out one small detail. There’s that dreaded oral examination that everyone fears, but I PROMISE you, it’s nowhere near as bad as you imagine. So relax, enjoy, and breathe. You’ve got this!
Hang in there. Hang in there. There’s roughly four and a half months until the written test and eight months until the annual meeting. You have plenty of time to learn. To study. To become even more awesome.
If you continue to view this as an incredible opportunity to learn and grow, to understand that you’re not expected to know everything, and to utilize the many wonderful resources you have at your disposal, then you’re 90% there. And when you’re newly certified, you can move through the crowds at the annual meeting with your body language a few notches above a swagger. It may be tough to believe, but it’s really that good of a feeling.
Hang in there. Hang in there. Get those last three questions written. Keep gutting it out. Even if you’ve left the “toughest three” for last, you’ve got this. Giving up now would be a crime. Don’t do that.
As a mentor, we want you to succeed. Plus, we’ve been in your shoes when the days were running short and that deadline was coming quick. Believe me, I used to be the prince of procrastination. Having a great mentor helped. Having people around to ask questions of helped. Believing in myself helped the most. No one expects you to know it all. You just need to be willing to learn.
After it was all over and I “crossed the stage”, I don’t think I slept for three days. It was just that exciting. Every year I walk around the annual meeting enjoying the cheer and excitement of the newly crowned COVT’s. They come from all corners of the world, and yet their smiles speak the same language and convey the same message – “I did it!”
Hang in there. Hang in there.
Frustration. Anxiety. Jubilation. Relief. Disequilibrium. Understanding. Growth. Accomplishment.
You’ve got to embrace it. And enjoy it. All of it. It’s an incredible opportunity to grow and help your patients. Many current COVT’s have been in your shoes and ran the same gamut of emotions which you are experiencing; and we know what happened. They did it. And so can you. Keep working, keep studying, keep learning, keep reading, and keep getting better. You’re already awesome. Meanwhile, stick with the plan.
Hang in there.