by Darlene Tonelli, October 4, 2018.
Welcome to the first post in our second series on life and lawyering! Series one looked at the multi-tiered process of acknowledging you’re not happy at work, taking the time to sort out why, and then setting out a new path to follow.
This series looks at why doing this matters.
We lawyers have the privilege of having 19 years of education. That education gives us the ability to change people’s lives.
Whether we work with clients on custody of children, divorce, human rights complaints, employment, launching or dissolving a business, or protecting their creations, our clients count on us to guide them through the process.
In light of this, it’s time to start talking more seriously about why it’s necessary to have a solid mental game to become a great lawyer, particularly during a time of increasing disruption in our profession.
I look at professional athletes, who spend at least half their time working on the mental aspect of peak performance. No one thinks of this as flaky in that context, and neither does the entire industry built around helping them perform in far less consequential situations than many lawyers deal with on a day-to-day basis.
Shouldn’t lawyers be doing the same thing?
If you agree, read along with us. Each installment of this blog series will highlight one reason why lawyers must build personal fulfillment into our careers as a mandatory, rather than a “nice to have,” requirement. We’ll go deeper into this in our podcast, too.
It’s all about bringing our A Game to life and law.
Join us on our journey. It starts now!