For those of you who’ve been following, it’s National Lawyer Well-Being Week. Each day has a different theme. Today’s is Engage & Grow. The focus is to remind lawyers that wellness includes challenging ourselves to engage & grow intellectually.
Here’s today’s video message. Note: it’s the first not done from the cozy confines of the Garage Bar Studio. For those who prefer to read, my written words are below the logo.
Intellectual engagement & growth for lawyers:
- Engage & grow outside the law: challenge yourself with an intellectual pursuit that has nothing to do with the law. Learn a language or an instrument, read the book you’ve never read, watch those documentaries on the historical event that’s intrigued you, but for which you’ve told yourself “I don’t have the time.”
- Engage & grow within the law: challenge your intellect by exploring a new practice area, even if it’s only via a single seminar. Jennifer Emens-Butler has a series of high-quality webinars planned through the end of June. You never know, one might pique your interest and provide an opportunity to spend a bit of time outside what might have become the monotony of your daily routine. Or, get in touch with Mary Ashcroft or Sam Abel-Palmer. The VBA and Legal Services Vermont have numerous pro & low bono opportunities that provide a perfect chance to challenge yourself in a new area of law while helping those in need. The challenge might leave you refreshed and reenergized when you return to your day-to-day.
Intellectual growth improves confidence. And, while some of you might not know this, many lawyers struggle with self-confidence. Many consider themselves “impostors,” not good enough or skilled enough to belong. I can’t stress this enough. Please read my post Wellness Wednesday: You’re not an impostor. It shares a heart-breaking story that should open our eyes to the threat that impostor syndrome imposes
Lawyers like Gabe aren’t impostors. They’re people who, like all people, sometimes make mistakes, but who are valuable members of your team. Support and encourage their growth and wellness.
In closing, engage yourself intellectually both inside and outside the law. Also, be sure to encourage and support others to grow more confident in themselves.