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Peak Performance for Lawyers: 8 Tips for Professional Advancement

Sep 26, 2017 | Law Firm Candidates

Attorneys working in a law firm often work long hours and a grueling schedule. It can be challenging to find new ways to advance your legal career. Yet, pushing yourself toward more challenging projects and a higher level of success will allow you to excel at your profession and enjoy what you do.

As attorneys, you already know that you have a certain number of CLE’s you must complete each year. But what are you doing above and beyond that to up your professional game? What are you doing to be the best advocate for your clients? How are you benefiting your firm? Here are some tips:

1. Develop Yourself

Read professional development books regularly for intellectual and creative growth. If you have an area you want to improve, find a book that aids in your development.

2. Challenge Yourself

Don’t just do what gets you by. Take on new challenges for advancement and a more rewarding experience.

3. Create a Positive Mindset

Keep a mindset of self-reflection and introspection, with a desire to learn and grow. Being positive is a choice.

4. Set Goals

Goals make effective guideposts in our professional lives. You’ll feel a sense of accomplishment when you reach the short, middle and long-term goals you set for yourself. Accomplish them and then set new goals.

5. Form Positive Habits

Habits help aid your consistency in producing quality work product.

6. Schedule Time for Certain Tasks

For instance, if client development keeps getting de-prioritized, make a standing appointment on your calendar where you can take action towards those goals on a regular basis.

7. Collaborate

Engage in healthy collaboration with your colleagues and superiors to learn and grow from those around you.

8. Know When You Need a Change

Are you being challenged? Have you outgrown your platform? Maybe there’s a new opportunity out there for you. If you’re no longer feeling challenged in your position, it may be time to consider other options.

There are many things you can do as an attorney to improve your abilities and advance your legal career. Making changes in your work habits like setting goals, creating a positive mindset, and collaborating with colleagues will keep you on track for success. Improving your professional performance in a sustainable way will propel you forward on your career track while also contributing to a more fulfilling life.

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