I’ve started running again. Over the last five years, I’ve only run in fits and starts. This is the post-kiddo era. I’ve never totally worked myself back into the routine I had in the years before we had kids.
But here’s the thing about running. I feel better when I’m running. It’s not that my body feels better. Although, it does — except in those grueling first couple of weeks of working yourself into running shape again. Getting to the point where you can run 3 miles without wanting to die.
I feel better at a mental and emotional level. I have reclaimed a part of my identify. I am actively pursuing something that is benefiting me. And I have ideas while I run. Lots of them. Sometimes it’s things to write about, or strategic ideas for cases. So even though I’ve thought for a while that with everything going on — my caseload and releasing my third book, Level Up Your Law Practice, earlier this year, and launching the Lawyerpreneur podcast — that I didn’t have time for running, I was actually doing myself and my projects a disservice by not pursuing it.
In the same way, we often get so caught up in the day-to-day of our law practices that if we aren’t intentional about our work, we get lost in the current without regard to where it’s taking us. We lose our vision. And before long your law practice isn’t working for you any more. Instead you’re working for it.
So if you haven’t done so in a while, it’s time to sit down and ask yourself …
Is your law practice working for you (or are you working for it)?
I turned 38 earlier this year, and I realized I probably have 30-35 more years ahead of me of full-time work (assuming we survive 2020, which is far from a foregone conclusion at this point). So what do I want that to look like?
Join me on Episode 13 of Lawyerpreneur to hear ideas about making sure your law firm is working for you, having a vision for your law practice, developing S.M.A.R.T. goals to see your vision through to achievement, and implementing metrics to monitor your progress. All of which is necessary for you to have a meaningful and sustainable practice that is successful on your own terms.
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