Work subsumes so much of our lives.
It is hard to switch off.
But, whatever else, keep your perspective, and remind yourself that this day will pass, and there will always be tomorrow to create something remarkable.
The pressure is incessant and unrelenting but don’t let it get you down to the point where you hate, hate, hate what you do (the emphasis is deliberate).
One of the best things I have found to lift my spirits is to surround myself with positive people. Even if they are not inside the place of work, you will find that most other businesses don’t have the same perspective on life as lawyers.
Positive people radiate a special quality and they always seem to rise above the gloom even in the shittiest of times
Creative types are great, particularly musicians and artists. They have their off days, like all of us, but, for the most part, they are much more open and optimistic.
How many times now have you had the same conversation with the same people within your firm? If it is not the firm’s malaise or the crappy work, it’s the external threat.
Let’s face it, it’s a self-perpetuating diatribe.
And what happens?
Nothing normally – you don’t rage against the machine – but it sure screws with your mind.
As I said in yesterday’s post, you have to tune out. If you don’t then all that negative self-talk will fill your boots even when you are not amongst it.
I recognise that this message may be far too whimsical for most, but changing your outlook, your conversation, your thought process and your circle of acquaintances can have a major affect on you.
Keep focused on the important things.
And don’t let others talk you out of your dreams.