Civil rights leader Howard Thurmon once wrote, “Don't ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive, then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” You’ve probably heard this statement before or seen inspirational posts that use this quote.
It’s a nice idea, but what does it have to do with the reality of being a lawyer?
Life as a lawyer often comes with stress, long hours, missing time with family, chasing billable hours and invoices—the challenges of which don’t exactly lend themselves to ‘coming alive’. In fact, they too often lead lawyers to contemplate career change or giving up on the practice of law altogether.
For lawyers already stretched beyond capacity to meet the demands intrinsic to the reality of being a lawyer, the tools you often rely upon (intelligence, determination, and hard work) aren’t what’s going to get you through the inevitable tough times you encounter along the way.
Getting through the hard parts and staying in the game often requires you to tap into a greater source of energy and motivation. Huffington Post’s contributing writer, Nancy A. Ruffin writes, “Inspiration is never enough to keep you going when things get hard or when you lose momentum and feel like giving up. You must have something that is going to motivate you to push past the obstacles and challenges when they arise.” [Source: Huffington Post]
Beyond what you do and how you do it, why are you actually going to do what you set out to do? It’s a statement of purpose, and will ultimately reflect your deepest motivations for success both in your career and personal life. Your why is what is going to inspire you to wake up each day and take the necessary action.
There's a personal why: why is it so important for you? Why is it so important for your family? And then there's also the collective why: Why is it so important for you to do this work in the world?
If you’d like to take a deeper dive on this subject, check out the wealth of resources from well-known author and speaker, Simon Sinek. For now, answering these questions for yourself will help you tune in to your deepest motivations and find your why.
Remembering your deepest motivations will:
One of the lawyers currently in training with New Law Business Model, and in the first few months of building their solo estate planning practice recently shared their “why” that inspires them to move through the challenges:
“So I can see my family and I can have personal and professional flexibility while I’m helping my community make meaningful changes in their preparedness.”
And after training 3,030+ lawyers, we’ve noticed that making a great living, having time for the people they love, and making a difference in the lives of others often top the list of these deeper motivations.
If you’ve found the reality of being a lawyer is beyond hard, and actually not in alignment with your values, not allowing you to make the income befitting someone with a law degree, and not allowing you to enjoy your life—it may very well be time to explore a new way to practice law—and New Law Business Model is here to support you 100%.
If you’d like to learn more about a way to practice law that allows you to take control of your schedule, reach your personal and financial goals, and build a law practice you love while making a difference in the lives of the clients you serve, book a call with a Law Business Advisor today.