What Successful Lawyers Do When Plan A Fails
Don’t Allow Your Ego to Get Involved When Your Goal Fails.
When Plan A fails, many lawyers allow their ego to become involved. Lawyers / Solicitors can easily interpret the inability to execute Plan A as a failure.
When Plan A fails, it is only a failure if you waste time. You fail if you:
№1: Sit around venting anger or frustration, judging and analyzing over and over because Plan A didn’t work out.
№2: Kick around who is to blame either yourself or others or continually discuss why Plan A didn’t work out.
№3: Lose enthusiasm, feel listless or depressed because the original plan didn’t work out.
The Legal GPS
Many lawyers have used a GPS (Global Positioning System) or the route planner from Google Maps when looking for directions to a particular destination.
These guidance systems always gives the user a Plan A. But, along the way, the user may take a different turn than the guidance system suggests.
These routes planners continue to recalculate the directions to help the user arrive at their destination in the quickest and most efficient way.
Use Your Legal GPS
Lawyers have a “Legal GPS” because it has the same function. There is always one desired destination for a client, a case, a career goal or for personal or family desires.
To be a skilled attorney, you have to learn how to go with the flow. Although you may always begin with a Plan A, you are prepared to move quickly to other options.
You may keep the original goal in mind, yet you modify it or make a new objective altogether.
When Practicing Law Seems Like the Wrong Plan A
More and more solicitors are questioning their choices to become a lawyer. Becky, a young associate, complains, “Practicing law was not what I expected. I feel like a glorified clerk. I am trying to think of a Plan B career.”
Before you make the choice to leave your current position, or the legal profession altogether, speak with a consultant, coach or counselor. Many times lawyers change careers out of frustration.
I have found for many who jump careers or move in-house from a firm or open their own practice, the unhappiness seems to follow them no matter where they go.
Find a way to be happy where you are and then make a change if needed.
Fred was about to change his career to become a recruiter. After giving it a lot of thought, he realized he was not good at sales.
He was able to make adjustments and changes that allowed him to find satisfaction in his law practice.
To be sure, practicing law is not for everyone but many have regretted leaving prematurely.
3 Keys to Master For Success
1: Realize that we live in an imperfect world. There is always Murphy’s Law. “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.
Legal GPS: Be flexible and alert and willing to make necessary changes.
2: Don’t give up on yourself, your client, your cause just because things don’t go as planned.
Legal GPS: Don’t give up. The Tennis player Bjorn Borg says it masterfully,
“My greatest point is my persistence. I never give up in a match. However down I am, I fight until the last ball. ….” Bjorn Borg
3: Because Plan A didn’t work, don’t waste time beating yourself like up or feeling a failure. Too many lawyers get lost or become paralyzed with anger or disappointment because things did not work out perfectly.
Make a strategic plan of action and follow through. When discouraged, seek out support. There is a saying to “ride the horse in the direction it is going.”
Always Be Prepared With Your Plan B
The winners are those who master Plan B with calm assurance, a positive mental attitude, and enthusiasm.
To quote an often-repeated saying attributed by many to Thomas Edison:
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
― Thomas A. Edison
Chose to Become a Master of Plan B
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