Successful Lawyers: The Most Common Denominator

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I’ve had the good fortune of getting to interview some of the most successful members of our training and coaching programs over the past couple of weeks and I’m beginning to sense a common denominator that I want to share with you.

This common denominator is not common among lawyers, frankly. In fact, most lawyers I know and have worked with do NOT exhibit this trait.

You might think what creates success is being really good at your practice, being really smart, or even having a lot money.

Nope. That’s not what I see as the common denominator among the most successful lawyers at all.

In fact, many of them did not get the best grades in law school and haven’t been in practice the longest or even have access to the most money.

What they do have is a can-do attitude that doesn’t quit.

You see, everything you see outside yourself is an external reflection of your own internal consciousness.

So if you aren’t experiencing success in your practice, it’s likely that it’s not because you aren’t the smartest or the best or because you don’t have enough money…

It’s probably because you have a bad attitude.

How do you know if you have a bad attitude?

Signs of a Lawyer with a Bad Attitude

  • You are more often noticing what’s wrong, instead of what’s right.
  • You are looking for the reasons things don’t work, instead of why they will.
  • You are a perfectionist, control freak and won’t admit it (listen, most lawyers are perfectionist control freaks; I know I am, and admitting it is the first step to turning it into a positive instead of the thing keeping you from your success).
  • You are constantly fighting with opposing counsel, your team, and your family (if there’s conflict in your life, you are the creator of that conflict).

What can you do to turn it around if you do have a bad attitude that’s keeping you from having the success you really want to experience?

A Lawyer’s Attitude for Success

  • Focus on what you want (look out 30 days, 90 days, 6 months and 1 year and decide with specificity what you want your life and business to look like)
  • Work backwards to create a strategic plan that will get you where you want to go (consider working with a coach or mentor to help you create this plan and take you beyond what you can see)
  • Celebrate even the smallest of successes (what was the most recent small success you can celebrate and how will you do it?)
  • Find gratitude for everything that comes your way (and express it more than you are comfortable doing)

Start there and see what shifts in the next 1-2 weeks after you begin these practices. And then share it with me. I’d love to celebrate your success with you!

There’s nothing that makes me happier than hearing from a lawyer who has received our coaching and guidance and taken his or her life from struggling to thriving, from hopeless despair to excitement and joy. There’s no time like the present to make a shift.

If you noticed any of the bad attitude symptoms I wrote about here, congratulations. That means you are becoming aware. Awareness is the first step to transformation. You are that much closer to making a shift and becoming the lawyer (and person) you’ve always wanted to be.

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Topics:  Career Development

Published In: Professional Practice Updates

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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