One of my favorite books on my reading list is The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz. I urge every busy lawyer I coach to read the book. I have given copies away to lawyers for years.
As you will see in the review, the authors suggest jumping ahead in your life and asking yourself four questions that will help you find your purpose. I especially think it is valuable to ask yourself: “Who are you at your best?”
When I worked with associates in my firm, I suggested they answer these questions:
- Why did you decide you wanted to become a lawyer?
- Why do you want to be a lawyer now?
- Who is the lawyer you admire most and why do you admire that lawyer?
- How would you define your own career success and when will you know you have achieved it?
- What values are most important to you?
- What do you want to be working on and for whom five years from now?
In a presentation I gave to the Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA) members, I talked about finding your purpose. Here is that part of the presentation.