I worked with a new client today and we embarked on a journey to figure out what she needs to do to leave her job and start her own firm. We created a roadmap. We started by exploring her personal brand… what’s her unique position in the practice of law and what personally sets her apart from the rest. It’s a very vulnerable place to poke around; it’s not for the faint of heart. In my effort to find encouragement to share with her I found a speech by Dr. Brene Brown, Why Critics Aren’t The Ones Who Count. It so gets to the core of our fears when we embark on new ventures… we stand at the ledge and look out. What do we see? What can we hold on to to help us move forward, little step after little step? Brown addresses the critic both external and the one in our head. She reminds us that the critics AREN’T the ones that matter and AREN’T the people we should be trying to please. If you are on a ledge looking to create a new future for yourself, listen and I believe you will find courage and comfort in her words. Enjoy!

Happy Thanksgiving! I always post on Thursdays and I almost took the day off today, but decided that it would be a missed opportunity. This is an opportunity to reflect back on an incredible year that I have experienced and to take a moment to breathe in the gratitude. 

Success can be measured in a multitude of ways… little steps and giant steps. They are both signs of progress and we need to acknowledge them. Often times we only see success as the finish line… and that is not always the end-all. Here are a few things to think about that my clients, friends, colleagues and yes, I experienced and can take a moment to feel gratitude for.

Thank You for the COURAGE

I have several clients and friends that had the courage to go out on their own to do what they know how to do… their way! 

Two clients stepped out onto thin ice and with courage became more knowledgeable in an area that they had a passion for. Today they are both recognized experts in their specialty, way beyond their expectations because they had courage.

Thank You for the FAITH

More than I can count… clients and friends have rediscovered their strengths, talents and uniqueness they have to offer others. We can be thankful for the added confidence that faith brings.

And still others were encouraged simply because a friend or colleague had FAITH in their ability.

Thank You for the ADMIRATION

How many times have we thought about how admirable someone was… this year I heard it from many. Partners that spoke so highly of one another that it was no wonder that they had been partners for years.

And others who looked to meet with people in their communities to say " admire how you do what you do and could use your "… how flattering.

Thank You for the PASSION

When you find passion it is truly a gift. Passion for your work is the fuel that can drive you and the power that can sustain you. I was the fortunate one to watch people around me find their passion. What a gift that was!

Thank You for your FRIENDSHIP

The other day I had a conversation about the nature of friendship… we concluded that it is unconditional. Wouldn’t you agree? To all those I call my friend… THANK YOU!

I don’t know who said this but it is so appropriate… "Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow."