This month, we've been exploring the theme of “Reset and Rebuild.” It's the follow-up to last month, which was “When Things Fall Apart.” From that place, we can reset our lives, our law firms, our identities as lawyers, and rebuild something that we're happy with. The previous episodes have been about renewing a foundation with a mission statement for your law firm or your own law practice (if you work for someone else). We talked about boundaries and how we want to interact with others, and we talked about procedures that should be dynamic and shifting. We also talked about your character. It was a good time to return to yourself and see if you are taking care of yourself in a way that serves you and how you interact with others.
In this post, we're going to talk about your imagination. I love this word “reveal” because the imagination is already there. It's often covered up. It's a little foggy. It's covered up by stress, and by doing all of the things. Part of the rebuild is creating space for possibilities for what we can add to our law firms. I've talked to a lot of lawyers in different areas of law. I want to give some examples of what people are doing.
Many lawyers are doing podcasts - they may be doing Facebook Lives or on Insta doing videos -and definitely speaking to clients, but also speaking to other colleagues about different areas of law and politics…whatever is coming up for them. That's a nice service, a nice creative outlet, if you have a particular area of law where you want to be creative, where the legal system is not serving your clients. For example, I know a family lawyer who wants to create an education program for parents about co-parenting and about communication and she talks about how the divorce process doesn't really allow for any of that education. Speaking of education, I've talked to some personal injury lawyers who are adding in financial advice because people are coming into a lot of money who may not have seen it before, and don't really know how to manage it. How are they doing that?
I know immigration lawyers are often bringing in mental health professionals to not only be experts, but to provide support for clients. The possibilities are endless. What can you add to your law practice, or just to the way you interact with clients? What can you add? How can you bring something of yourself that we've been talking about - part of this rebuild - to your clients? And this is revealing your imagination. This might not even be for your clients, it may be for your staff. A lot of law firms are approaching me about how to bring mindfulness, wellness, and efficiency and productivity in a healthy way to their law firms. Many law firms have a meditation room, a quiet area, or have flexible schedules.
In this rebuild, how are you going to do your scheduling? How is your staff going to come back to work? My charge to you this week is to reveal your imagination. And this comes from being quiet, from being open, from being strategic, and allowing yourself to imagine. This may come from quiet moments that you're giving to yourself. It might come up in your meditation. Give yourself space. When you think of something, jot it down. That's what I do for ideas for the podcast. Maybe you want to discuss it with people, but let these ideas of the imagination percolate because if you can keep the idea activity, the imagination activity, going, this will help your law practice. You will be able to more easily come up with ideas, and come up with strategic answers to cases.
Be in the habit of imagining and tapping into your creativity, as opposed to just doing the same thing every day. Make sure you have creative outlets related to your law practice, for how you want to serve your clients, and how you want to serve yourself. What kind of law firm do you want to have? Go back to that mission statement. What kind of person do you want to be? Go back to your own vision statement. What kind of boundaries are you going to set? How are you going to establish dynamic procedures? What ideas are going to come to you? This idea of creating ideas is revealing your imagination.
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