One of the hardest things attorneys find to do is ask for the right help.
Why is that:
- Many attorneys have big egos and don’t want to admit they need help. They are afraid they will look weak and not competent.
- Many attorneys don’t want to admit that they actually had lots of help just graduating from Law School, passing the Bar and finding work. They actually feel they did it all on their own when in fact, family, teachers and others provided much needed help along the way.
- They don’t believe there is good, effective help available to them.
- They don’t know where to look or find the appropriate help.
- Many would rather self medicate than admit they need help. Oh, boy does this cause more problems!
- Many attorneys can’t identify what kind of help they need. Or exactly what the problems may be.
- Some attorneys will ask another attorney/friend for help but get the wrong advice and give up.
- Attorneys are skeptics. They have been taught to doubt the validity of many things, including help.
- Some attorneys are in deep denial and don’t admit they need help
- And most important, many attorneys don’t want to go through the changes they need to resolve their problems. They would rather stay in denial.
DO YOU KNOW A COLLEAGUE WHO NEEDS HELP BUT WON’T REACH OUT? OR ARE YOU THAT PERSON?
The starting place is to admit it. Then take some ACTION STEPS to first:
- Grind the problem down to its elements. Is it money? Is it time? Is it burnout? etc.
- Once you have flushed out the elements, develop a plan to attack the gap between the problem you see it today and the vision of what it will look like when it is solved.
- Get some professional help such as a coach to help identify the gap, help you with the steps and hold you to the commitment to overcome the problem.
NOW IS THE TIME TO HAVE THE CAREER THAT YOU WANT!