When thinking about a subject for my blog this week, I decided to take the plunge and discuss that I really believe that most of the lawyers I meet don’t aim high enough. The goals they start out with are ones they can easily reach. True, many of them never even reach those, but I am now thinking that is because they are dull and boring and don’t excite the spirit enough to be committed to actualizing them.
What about if instead of just wanting more revenue, the lawyer’s umbrella goal (read my book for an explanation) was to become a judge? Certainly if the lawyer were in desperate financial shape that might not be appropriate but there are many attorneys out there who only think they need more income.
Wouldn’t the juices start flowing if it could be shown that a high lofty goal would benefit the attorney in more ways than simply lock stepping into traditional goal setting. Simply overcoming the resistance to thinking BIG will build confidence. This confidence then can be spread down into the attorney’s everyday life.
One of the valuable tools I present to coaching clients is to discuss how many more years of productive work lies ahead for each. A twenty five year old has 45 years if his/her health holds out. The fifty year old still has 20 years in this day and age. That doesn’t mean full time work all those years and there may be some break in time for children, etc. but the law allows us to work will into our “later years”. We are then EXPERIENCED ATTORNEYS.
When lawyers think in terms of years, they can begin to see that they have quite a bit of time to make changes and morph into lots of ways. Thinking of how far one could go in that time, is exciting.
I think I have been guilty of this myself. I often just plan for the next year and I used to plan just to survive. This is no fun. I’ve decided I’m going to reach very high (maybe not president!) but set some realistic but a lot higher goals than I have been working on. Want to take this journey with me? Give me a call at 831 466-9132 and we’ll talk about it.
We have all run into people who have real trouble with commitment. And NO I don’t just mean men about marriage. I find the ones even more irritating that say YES to a goal or project but only last a week or so before being no longer committed. Even more frustrating are the passive aggressive types who keep saying yes but never do any work on the goal or project.
We all sometimes commit to too much and we have to withdraw. It is perfectly acceptable to explain your reasons once you see the error of taking on the assignment in the first place. This is the adult way of handling the escape.
But let’s look at the mere fact of a belief that you could never be over committed. What a thought! There is that saying that “it is best to give a job to a very busy person because they will get it done”. This holds true because that “very busy person” is usually brilliant at TIME MANAGEMENT.
I love the concept that we all have as much time as President Obama or Beyonce. That means that each of us has 24 hours in a day. What we do with those hours is our choice. Even more importantly, lawyers sell their time. Even those lawyers working for a set salary, work for a certain number of hours every day producing results which are services, not products. How they arrange those hours results in what they produce.
Always being fascinated with the Renaissance, I have trouble equating how little new ideas, art, music, etc. we produce today with what they were able to produce during that time period. How could Michelangelo paint, sculpt, invent, design architecture and do all the things he did in the same amount of time that we have today? And what about Napoleon who as commanding an army at 19 years old? Do you think either of those two felt over committed?
Let’s take a look at your life. Sure, you probably played a lot more and have a better life balance than these two gentlemen but what more could you have accomplished if you had better organized your life? Someone said (and I don’t remember who) that a life unexamined is a life not worth living. That’s a little harsh but I would challenge you to take a few minutes each day to examine your life.
- Are you doing what you want?
- Do you have growth goals in place?
- Are you taking care of yourself?
- Are you doing important things?
That’s your job this week. Next week we will look at how each of us might find a better way of organizing or live so that we, too, can create extraordinary results. What FUN!