Are You Unhappy? What Do You Want?

When you think about success you probably think of the millions of things you think you “have” to do. The things everybody tells you that are the right things to do. But… What do YOU want? Yes, it is possible to consider what you want. Jack Canfield author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and The Success Principles has been talking about the possibility of “getting what you want” for years. And I have to tell you… it can happen!

I have seen it happen for client after client and I have seen results in my own life as well. Getting what YOU want is possible. But it doesn’t happen just because you WANT it to. You have to do your part and thanks to Jack, here are his… 7 Steps for Creating the Life YOU Want.

  1. Take No Less than 100% Responsibility for Your Life 

When we take 100% responsibility… the buck stops here! Yes, you have to stop blaming the economy, your partners, your practice area and the list goes on. If you don’t like what you’re doing, where you are or the money you are making… change it!

  1. Be Clear Why You’re Here

Why did you go to law school? What drove you to go into the practice area that you chose? Maybe you found them or they found you, but whatever it is you must find your purpose. You may not be in a position today to experience it. But when you experience it… YOU will know it. You’ll feel it in your gut.

  1. Decide What You Want 

Many lawyers that I talk to are on that treadmill, going through the motions with no particular direction. They are just processing files. What do you want? Grow your practice, build a book of business, become a judge, write a book, teach… If you know what you want, you can figure out how to get there.

  1. Believe It Is Possible

This is a huge obstacle for lawyers. You seldom do anything that hasn’t been done before. That is your training. Few lawyers will go out on a limb and try something new. But those that do… do it because they have faith that it is possible to succeed. What do you believe is possible?

  1. Believe in Yourself

Listen up! Take a deep breath and OWN your expertise, your experience, and your power! Find your self-confidence and if need be… fake it until you make it!

  1. Become an Inverse Paranoid

I think Jack wrote this one with lawyers in mind. You are trained to be paranoid. Instead, believe that the world will conspire to support you.

  1. Unleash the Power of Goal Setting 

It’s no secret that I believe in the power of goal setting… in fact, it’s a bit magical when you see it in action as I have with my clients.

If you’re not happy…  what are you going to do about it?