Lawyer- Heal Thyself
If you think you can transform your practice by focusing exclusively on the way you work- that is looking outside at what is wrong with the world, the law, your crazy clients- you are mistaken.
Whether you find the thought scary or seductive, know that you must also look within for transformation.
To be healers and peacemakers for our clients, we must work on our own healing and inner peace. We must build our capacity to be present, compassionate and non-reactive. We must be able to access a deeper wisdom and knowing than is available to us in the usual ways. We must embody healing and peaceful energy, in the moment, in the middle of the insanity.
A friend sent me an article the other day from The Harvard Business Review “Discovering Your Authentic Leadership” by Bill George, Peter Sims, Andrew N. McLean and Diana Mayer (Feb 2007). The authors interviewed 125 highly successful leaders and reviewed over 1,000 previous studies about what makes a successful leader. They concluded that there is no profile of a leader- no common set of traits, characteristics or skills that effective leaders share. What they did find the leaders shared was a life experience of self-awareness, personal growth, strong commitment to their own values and authenticity in their lives.
The impulse to change the way you practice, the frustration with what is wrong with the profession that brought you to www.cuttingedgelaw.com is your call to personal growth as much as it is a call to transform your work. The part of you that is tired, fed up, longing for more is your ally on the inner journey.
Stay tuned for a conversation about the tools and practices that will support you in your real work!