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Goals: have you set any lately?

 

The importance of setting goals in life and in law.

 

Holidays are always a time for reflection and inspiration.  In my recent “week off” I set myself the task of writing my book, or at least getting a sizable part completed before heading back to work.  I was primed for success, really.  What with emails switched off, an awesome practice manager holding down the fort and a fantastic team of lawyers managing the workflow, I set course for Hamilton Island.  Dictaphone and laptop never leaving my side, my plans of writing seemed all too good to be true – I had set out to smash out all 35 chapters, giving my assistant the dreaded task of turning my dictated chapters into a typed copy. So that was the theory… the reality was different.

Don’t get me wrong, I made good headway – I’m content with my introduction, I wrote a few thousand words and even planned some chapters.  What I found myself doing instead though was contemplating my goals and plans for the future.

Let me explain… recently, I had the benefit of meeting author Matthew Michalewicz and received his book “Life in Half a Second” (http://www.lifeinhalfasecond.com). Unfortunately, but such is life I suppose, this book was placed on a shelf waiting for that “spare time” to read it.  In my last-minute packing attempt, I grabbed Matt’s book and threw it in my handbag. On the flight from Brisbane to Hamilton Island (and the 24 hours that followed) I devoured this book. Some might call this procrastination, but for the remained of my holiday time, I contemplated Matt’s theories and the goals I will ultimately set both personally and professionally.

Matt’s concept is simple – in the entire history of the universe, we are alive for what equates to ‘half a second’ so why not set some goals, align desires and make the most of the time we have.  Matt was 37 when he wrote this book.  He worked out that if the average adult life span was 80 years, at that point in time, he had 15,695 days left.  I am 38.  While I’m hopeful my genetics have me around until over 90, it is a frightening concept to think of days left instead of current age.

Life in Half a Second and the time for reflection that followed has highlighted for me the need to set goals and achieve them. Goals can range in size and complexity, like my husband setting out to build our new home, me writing above mentioned book, to broader goals for my business and personal life.

Goals are equally important when dealing with your legal matters, particularly in those personal matters such as family law or estate law.  You need to consider what your goal is and how you will feel when you have achieved that goal.

When you first go to see a lawyer about your matters, you should take the time to talk through what you would like to achieve.  Take the advice they present you about the law and outcomes you can expect to achieve, and in this process consider whether your goals need refining.  Once you have settled on your goals, you should work through an action plan with your lawyer, setting out how to best achieve what you have set top achieve.

If you approach your matter in this way you will find that you are better focussed in your endeavours to resolve your matter.

So, with this in mind I am striving to achieve my immediate goals.  My first goal was to set up a blog.  Tick.  My next goal is to finish the manuscript for my book.  I have made much more progress since my holiday week, but there is still a way to go.  I’ll be sure to let you know how I’m going.

Have you thought about your goals recently? What are your personal and professional goals and are you on track to achieve them? What are you waiting for?!

Happy goal setting.

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