Note: The following is an excerpt from a new eBook titled 15 Ideas for Getting a Jump-Start on 2015 which is freely available with registration.
To paraphrase Lewis Carroll, “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.”
That’s why goal setting is paramount to success in the law and any other area of life. The process doesn’t have to be complicated; it just needs to be followed.
Here are six practical tips for setting personal, fiscal and professional goals:
1. Determine what you want. Is it more income? To expand your practice into other areas? The ability to spend more time with your family?
2. Dream big. Make sure it’s a big enough goal or important enough to keep you excited and invested. It’s always good to get some quick wins to build momentum, but too many goals go unaccomplished because they aren’t big enough, and the goal setter loses interest.
3. Be specific. The more specific you make your goal, the easier it will be to visualize and take concrete steps toward it. For example, set financial goals after figuring out how much it would really cost to live the way you want to live. Don’t set a goal to get more clients, set a goal to get 5 more clients a month.
4. Write down your goals and review them daily. A goal is really just a dream written down. Focus on results and don’t let yourself off the hook.
5. Start with the harder things first. What are the things you’re looking forward to the least? Take action to get them done right away, and the rest will seem easier.
6. Commit to your goal. Motivational expert Grant Cardone recommends taking 10 times the amount of action and effort you originally think it will take to accomplish your goal.
But don’t let Cardone’s message prevent you from starting your journey. You’re not alone, and have something on your side that gives you an edge – technology.
Apps for smartphones and tablets have come a long way and there is an app for just about anything. Legal specific practice management has come a long way, too. Find the systems that work best for you, then let them do what they’re supposed to – sweat the small stuff so you can do what you’re supposed to: practice law.
The complete eBook, with 14 other expert viewpoints, is freely available for download with registration here.
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Bradley Randall is an attorney based in Arizona that runs The Randall Law Firm, PLLC. Connect with his firm on Facebook, Google+ and YouTube. He also served as an “acting justice” for a mock trial at LegalTech New York: Leaked! Supreme Court of Legal Tech: Cloud v. Premise.
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