In The War of Art, Steven Pressfield writes about the creative process, overcoming internal resistance, becoming more productive and committing yourself to your true calling (whether that calling is to write the next great fiction novel or to open your own law firm).
The book has tons of great tips for people who have trouble fighting procrastination, lack of confidence, fear of failure, or any other roadblock in the way of success, but one tip is very practical advice for attorneys who want to improve their leadership abilities with both staff and clients: “I have a status meeting with myself every Monday. I sit down and go over my assignments. Then I type it up and distribute it to myself.”
Each week, set aside at least an hour of time to have a little meeting with yourself. Reflect on what you accomplished the week before, what you did not complete, what you learned and what you should be doing to improve your business and get things done.
If you treat this meeting as a mandatory aspect of your weekly business routine, you will reap major benefits:
- It will give you an opportunity to organize your thoughts and to-do list before you meet with other staff members or clients at your law firm.
- This meeting will give you a dedicated time to consider long-term issues. Take this time to identify career goals, develop professional skills, reflect on challenges and brainstorm goals and strategies for the success of your law firm.
- Use this meeting time to build self-confidence by using your personal meeting time to list your recent successes and achievements. Not only will this list serve as a boost to your self-esteem, but it will also remind you that you have the strength and resilience to overcome challenges in the future.
This week, I challenge you to schedule a meeting with yourself. After the meeting, come back and comment about your experiences.What did you learn about yourself and your law firm? What other benefits did you get out of your meeting?