5 Steps to Make Change Happen

Friso van Deursen, The Legal Coach
Feb 21, 2024By Friso van Deursen, The Legal Coach

As a reputable partner with years of experience under your belt, you've likely found yourself at various crossroads in your career, contemplating the changes you wish to see. It's a journey many of us embark on, one that requires introspection, preparation, and ultimately, action. Today, I want to share with you the stages of change and how they apply to you as a senior lawyer.

1. Recognizing the Desire for Change: It all begins with a feeling—a sense that something needs to shift. You may find yourself dissatisfied with the status quo, yearning for something more fulfilling or meaningful in your career. This initial phase is about acknowledging that desire for change, even if you're not entirely sure what form it will take.

2. Awareness and Readiness: Once you've recognized the need for change, the next step is becoming fully aware of it and preparing yourself mentally. This stage is characterized by a sense of readiness mixed with hesitation. You know there's a change brewing on the horizon, but you may not feel entirely prepared to take the leap just yet.

3. Preparation and Planning: Preparation is key to any successful transition. At this stage, you begin to lay the groundwork for the changes you wish to implement. You might seek out resources, network with colleagues who have undergone similar transformations, or invest in further education or coaching to equip yourself for the journey ahead.

4. Taking Action: With your preparations in place and your mindset primed for change, it's time to take action. This is where the rubber meets the road—you start implementing the changes you've been contemplating, whether it's pivoting to a new practice area, adopting innovative technologies, or exploring alternative career paths within or outside the legal profession.

5. Maintaining Momentum: Probably the most important step. Change isn't just about the initial leap—it's about sustaining that momentum over the long term. In this final stage, you focus on maintaining the changes you've made, even when faced with challenges or setbacks. It's about finding resilience and self-compassion, knowing that it's okay to stumble along the way as long as you continue moving forward.

As the online coach for senior lawyers, I understand the complexities of navigating change in your profession. Whether you're in the early stages of contemplation or already deep into the process of transformation, know that you're not alone on this journey. Together, we can embrace change, adapt to new realities, and thrive in an ever-evolving legal landscape.

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