Two Ways Lawyers Can Deal with Stress and Anxiety

Due to the nature of our profession, we lawyers have plenty to stress about, and the unprecedented changes affecting the legal industry today just add to the mix. With my “fly on the wall” perspective as a lawyer-coach, however, I notice that the way lawyers talk to themselves about their situation dramatically affects their level of suffering, and can also impact their results. So I want to offer two kinds of tools that may help when you are feeling stressed, anxious or down.

Are You Vacation (Rest) Impaired?

Ask yourself if you think you need and can take a vacation. Then ask yourself if you think your answer might be influenced by fatigue, overwork, overwhelm, high expectations, internal or external pressure, financial concerns, stress, or fear around coverage while you are away. All of these may be symptoms of “psychological hypoxia” affecting your ability to accurately evaluate your need for a deep rest. Basically I’m suggesting you might need to question your own judgment if you don’t think you need a vacation. Do I have any takers?

Try Not To Be a Patsy, Seriously

A patsy is a person who is easily taken advantage of, especially by being cheated or blamed for something. So, for example, when I look at how successful social engineering as a cybercrime tool is these days, it certainly seems like there are a lot of patsies out there. Here are a few stories about attorneys who were patsies that help explain why I feel the way I do.

Grit and the Rezooming Attorney

Why do naturally talented people frequently fail to reach their potential while other far less gifted individuals go on to achieve amazing things? The secret to outstanding achievement is not talent, but a passionate persistence. In other words, grit. Do you have grit?

Mastering the MBE: A New Way of Using Multiple Choice Questions to Succeed on the Bar Exam

You’ve heard it a million times: do more practice questions, and then do some more. And you’ve taken that advice to heart, but your accuracy isn’t where you think it should be. Sometimes when you review your answers to MBE practice questions it can feel like you’re getting nowhere.

If this sounds familiar, it’s time to start using those questions to improve your score, instead of just using them to measure your accuracy over and over. Here are the best ways to use multiple choice questions to your advantage when studying for the bar exam.

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