Jun 19

Have you ever wondered if there were things you could be doing differently to increase your productivity or have a greater sense of mastery and satisfaction in your work and life in general?  If you answer “YES” to this, you are not alone!

Let’s examine what skills and practices are important and essential in helping you to produce outcomes you desire.  Professional sports have a lot to teach us and are ahead of the curve in understanding and implementing skills and practices that allow them to extract their best performance and achieve satisfaction, even when they don’t win.

Professional sportsmen (and women) know the value of good self-care and how it positively impacts their performance, success, and sense of wellbeing.  Pro basketball players and pro cyclists have made dietary changes such as going gluten-free to give their bodies better recovery and nutritional balance with surprisingly good outcomes.  They have learned the benefits of rest/recovery in order to recharge their systems for the next challenge.  They understand the benefits of meditation, and quieting their minds and central nervous systems as a way to harness energy and creativity.  They know that visualization and repetition decrease anxiety and fear, as well as enhance their self-confidence and mastery in their ability to deliver optimal performance.

Professional athletes’ training and preparation provide a helpful and workable template that anyone can incorporate and use to better their performance to meet desired and targeted goals.  Why should lawyers, students or judges reinvent the wheel when they can borrow some of these same ideas and techniques? If this interests you, call LCL and come and speak to one of our clinicians about ways you might look at developing your own “optimum performance” in your practice and life in general.

 

Barbara J Bowe, LICSW

Jun 09

Law student Shaneka Davis undertook a survey of law students (and some practicing attorneys) asking about how stressed they are, sources of greatest stress, and ways of coping.  Her results are in, and summarized here.

May 27

Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers started as a free resource for lawyers battling substance abuse and has evolved over the years into a multifaceted service agency that provides free and confidential support groups, clinical evaluations, clinical groups, clinical consultations, referrals to therapeutic services in the community, law office management consultations, support with handling disciplinary issues, and several other services. When I first joined the LCL clinical team a few months ago, I was impressed at the organization’s mission, structure, and flexibility. One of my first thoughts was, “This is a great organization. Why isn’t every lawyer in Massachusetts lining up to take advantage of this resource?” Well, obviously there are many reasons why a valuable, free resource would not be used (e.g., people are busy, they might have other resources meeting their needs, there might be stigma associated with getting help with an issue, etc.). However, one of the most important factors in promoting a helpful resource or product is personal recommendation. There is no better advertising than a personal endorsement.

 

This is the reason why at the recent LCL Annual Dinner, Executive Director Rodney Dowell made a challenge to those who have been helped by the services of LCL to take up the flag, so to speak, and be “a Champion of LCL”. There have been many Champions of LCL over the years, those who have been helped by the services at LCL, those who have volunteered their time and energy helping others, and those who have seen the value in helping lawyers manage the unique stresses of a life in the law. Now, for the impact of LCL to continue and expand, I extend Rodney Dowell’s challenge to all of you. Become a Champion of LCL. Tell your story. Encourage others to use the services provided at LCL. Mentor those who can learn from your experience. Personally invite a friend or colleague to find out more about Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers. There is no better enticement than a personal invitation.

 

Shawn Healy, PhD

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