What to do when You Get Stuck

No matter where you are with growing your law practice, the reality is, everyone gets stuck on occasion. It happens to the best of us and it is extremely frustrating. When you are a solo practitioner, it can be even more frustrating because you don’t have a business partner to bounce ideas off. If you are like me, you would rather not bother a friend or family member for fear they may not understand. But if you stay in stuck-mode for very long, you can lose the joy and success you desire.

It is always helpful to pause and ask yourself some pointed questions:

  • Do you feel like you should be earning more than you are currently earning?
  • Do you feel as though there’s not enough time in a day to get all the work completed?
  • Do you feel like there is no freedom to take time off and do some of the things that are important to you outside of work?

After speaking with numerous law firm owners, I know these questions can pretty much size up what problems are affecting them.  When you are keeping up but not moving forward…you are STUCK.

It can be isolating, confusing and overwhelming.

And it’s time to ask for help.

I get it. It is difficult to admit when you need help. We want to figure things out on our own. The problem is that this way of thinking tends to keep us stuck even longer.

There are 5 reasons a practice mentor can help:

  1. Perspective – There’s nothing like a fresh pair of eyes from someone who shares your career path and has experience to help you see new opportunities and possibilities.
  2. Accountability – There is great value in having someone to hold you accountable to achieving the goals you want to achieve and to nudge you forward when needed
  3. Strategy – Where do you see yourself in 1 year or 5 years? A mentor can often see the steps you need to take to get there, because they’ve already been where you are now.
  4. Motivation – Have someone to help you stay inspired and encourage you to take action. Self-motivation may have gotten you this far, but it can wane especially when routine sets in.
  5. Belief – Doubt grows in isolation. Someone to support you and someone that totally believes in your success will build confidence when you might otherwise feel alone.

The good news is, you don’t have to stay stuck. There is a way to move forward and having an experienced mentor will help you move farther, faster.

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