If you are a lawyer, every single day, you are most likely repeating behaviors which are costing you–causing you to lose impact with your clients, employees and performance in your cases, all which affect your bottom line to succeed. Each mistake involves a mindset – a way of believing how things should be done. Each harmful way of thinking is usually subconscious and draining your power in hidden ways.
What are some of the ways you are draining your power?
- Ignoring Your Stress. Yes, I get it. You think you can handle it. The last weakness you would admit is that stress is silently draining you. Even if you ignore it, the signs from this modern-day predator are present. Maybe the signs manifest as lack of focus, or lack of mental energy, or lack of motivation, or lack of physical health. Stress makes us vulnerable to attack and drains our mental power. The body’s involuntary reaction to stress is either fight or flight. When we are triggered for survival, the body redirects all available physical and mental resources to the task of protection. What that means is your everyday stress levels weaken your ability to perform. You have little impact in performing the task at hand because your mental and physical resources are too busy dealing with stress.
- Draining Your Mind Power. You know to be powerful as a lawyer, your mind is the asset you depend upon. We need our minds to analyze our client’s problems and to create powerful solutions from negotiating compromise to writing and delivering the winning argument.
We live in incredible busy world. Life has a frantic pace, and we are always doing something. When did you last to do nothing? When did you last give your mind a break from the chaos? Ten minutes undisturbed. Nothing. No eating, no chatting, no email, no instagram, no facebook scrolling, no reminiscing about the past or planning for the future. Simply doing nothing. The mind is your most valuable and precious resource through which we experience every single moment of our life. We depend upon the mind to be focused, creative and to perform at the very best in everything we do and yet, we don’t take anytime to look after it. We spend more time look after our cars, clothes, homes than our most valuable asset.Without rest, the mind whizzes away with thoughts and corresponding emotions. We don’t know how to deal with it. The sad fact is that we are so distracted that we are no longer present in the world in which we live. The cycle just continues and our minds become less focused and less powerful. We miss out on the things that are most important to us.
- Trying to do it all. As lawyers, we usually feel like we have to handle it all. Our attention is often directed into many places at once. If you are a lawyer, you are most likely an overachiever. You feel the need to do it all in order to feel like being successful. Yet, the lack of focus on any one task or person leads to weak impact in performance and takes more time, more work than if we were powerfully present in the moment. Attempting to do it all leaves us feeling perpetually behind and overwhelmed. The cost of these mental mistakes is drain on your mental, physical and emotional energy and creativity. Living this way is the number one path to burn out.Yet, there is one simple solution –developing the skill of presence. The benefits are focus, clarity and energy. Seems counterintuitive to how you have lived your whole life. But the practice of presence is the way to have the most impact in what you do. Try this simple guided mind empowerment technique to empower your mind and body for peak performance. It takes 10 easy minutes to more focus, clarity and energy.
I’m can relate to the “power drain” in my line of work, so thank you for this reminder and meditation!
I have really loved working with you. You have helped me so much with finding my calm place in my fast moving days. Thank you
it’s important to buck the trend of the over stressed lawyer. Thanks for your insights.
Thank you, Vanessa! Hope it helps!
This is fantastic information. I’ve been meditating daily thus far in 2018. It makes a difference!
Thank you, Jana! Meditation has been a game changer for success for top performers! Congratulations on the daily achievement!
Great article ! I am an overachiever, I’m currently working on delegating and taking small breaks throughout the day to clarify my mind . Benefits : focus and energy . Thank you ! I will share it with other lawyers .
Patricia, thank you! I think delegation is so important to help stop the overwhelm. Great idea for short breaks–with focus, we can recharge our minds in short periods of time!
Great article. Ignoring the stress was a major issue for me. I gave myself permission to leave work by 4pm and just that minor change has made all the difference in my stress level. I have reclaimed my evenings to relax and to do what I enjoy.
Thank you! What a great gift to give yourself of the time to recharge!