What lies at the centre of your legal world?
“Total revolution has to arise from your very centre.” Osho
I have been on a mission for the last week.
To show that there is another way.
The truth is you are so laden down with the pressure of yesterday (billing, wip and unpaid bills) that looking to another paradigm is too hard.
But what does your inner voice say?
Is it calling you to do more of the same?
And again the next day?
Sunday’s are a special time for reflection. Many great people including Benjamin Franklin advocated today for planning, assessment and thinking.
My routine is to spend Sunday (no more than 1 hour) thinking about what I did right over the past week, what I could have done better and how I can move forward the Most Important Things (MIT – see Getting Things Done by David Allen) over the coming week.
You, too, should take time for reflection and have a focus for your endeavours.
It could be that you are striving to be the best lawyer.
It could be that you want to provide.
Or, it could be that you are biding your time whilst you wait for the mist to lift.
Whatever your purpose, you need to listen carefully to your inner voice. This is not me losing the plot. If, in practice, someone had started preaching to me about mindfulness, positive thinking or some New Age nonsense, then I would have been turned off quicker than you could say “lawyer”.
But the truth is that the mantra of more – the profit paradigm – has to give way at some point to being more of you. Are you really willing to give up your soul to get buy?
The thing is with legal practice, apart from your technical proficiency, there is no accepted way of doing the job. Get the law right, and clients couldn’t care less. Better still, get the Job done, and the rest is easy.
If you think there is a better way to do something, or the client is likely to be more appreciative of your lazer like focus on them (without a profit motive) and, most importantly, it feels right, then don’t wait for someone to say: “You have our blessing.”
In law, like most occupations, there are too many gatekeepers. Just imagine going out to climb a new mountain for the 1st time. Would you really wait for someone to say: “Its’ OK?”.
If you haven’t yet figured out what you want to get out of law, then spend this month (which is usually quiet) thinking through your objectives. To really enjoy your job, you have to marry your principles with those of the firm. You have to be inspired. And you have to be challenged to strive for something more. I know you won’t be able to cast your net and find many new opportunities out there, but why don’t you start Poking away.
Are you willing to stand up and be counted?
And listen more to you than to them?