Earlier this week as the snow was falling I read a great blog post from Success Magazine, “Take 10 Actions to Make This Your Best Day Ever”. As I read through the list, I was excited to try to implement some of these positive actions into my daily routine.
As a busy solo business owner, I know that mindset is so important. On any given day, what we think about determines what we accomplish. It also informs our health and well-being. Too much negativity is not good for us.
Unfortunately, too many lawyers are on a steady diet of negativity. We spend our days being confrontational, argumentative, and sometimes downright nasty. Not to mention many lawyers are deprived of some basic human needs like sleep, human interaction, and breathing fresh air daily. We set our law firms up as billing factories with little regard for the human beings they employ.
And we wonder why the legal profession has some of the highest rates of substance abuse and depression? Too many lawyers are unhappy.
And when I look back at the list in Success Magazine, I realize that too many of these suggestions just don’t work for the law. Let be honest. The words humble and lawyer just don’t work together.
So I’ve made my own list of some actions that lawyers can take to make their days a little better, and I call it: 10 Actions Lawyers Can Take to Make their Days Better. I hope you can find time to implement at least one of them.
- I will acknowledge that I am a living, breathing human being, with needs that may not coincide with my law firm.
- I will try to think positive thoughts even though my job is dealing with everyone else’s problems.
- I will be thankful for (Insert whatever you’re thankful for here.)
- I will get out of my office and see the blue sky and breathe fresh air.
- Every day I will treat at least one other person the way I want to be treated. (It’s a small step.)
- I will take a vacation a long weekend night off.
- I will leave the office in time to see my loved ones before they go to bed.
- I will try to have one meal away from my desk today.
- I will reconnect with that hobby I used to have.
- I will not let the negativity that surrounds me define me.
You’re not a robot or a billing machine. Stop being a cog in the wheel. You’re a human being. Reclaim your self.
I highly recommend that you read the original article. While you’re there, also read some of the other great content that’s available.
I love Success Magazine. I love the fact that Publisher Darren Hardy strives to put out positive stories designed to make the reader a better person. There’s no gossip or bad news. There are just positive stories and great lessons for business owners and entrepreneurs. Check it out!