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    The week before the Labour Day weekend feels precious. The calm before the storm that begins on September 6 as we enter the fall rush towards the year end. This week, if you are spending it in the office, take some breaks during the day to relax into some summer activity with ties to the summers of […]

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    Self-doubt. Fear. Worry. It happens to all of us. Often the greatest obstacles we face are the thoughts in our heads. Last week I awoke from a nightmare about utterly failing at a presentation I was scheduled to give to a group of associates later that morning. I was caught up in self-doubt and fear. […]

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    This Monday Morning Practice is inspired by Don Jones two part series last week here on AWAL:  Life’s Music Lesson #2 – Adopt an Attitude of Practice. An attitude of practice is about being open and aware that life is one big learning experience, and that practice is how we learn and grow. The path […]

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    The practice this week is for bringing into play when you or a loved one receives some bad health news. It can also be useful for when you are feeling overwhelmed and unable to cope. This is the practice I am relying on this week, and this month, for maintaining my equilibrium and keeping focused on […]

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    This week’s practice is from the book Flourish by the founder of Positive Psychology, Dr. Martin Seligman. The practice is the “What-went-well exercise”. “Every night for the next week, set aside ten minutes before you go to sleep. Write down three things that went well today and why they went well. You may use a […]

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    Reposted from November 8, 2015 I just had a great weekend. I discovered that making shortbread with my new KitchenAid mixer is incredibly quick and easy compared to the old elbow grease method. I enjoyed some long dog walks in with a friend and had time to start reading some escapist fiction. I also worked on […]

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    Reprinted from December 14, 2015 Here is the full list of my favourite practice habits for productivity, stress-reduction, and working efficiently. Enjoy! Positive habits are essential for reducing stress and increasing productivity and effectiveness. Here is a list of some of the habits that can be useful for legal practice. Morning Ritual Open the day […]

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    One simple practice to strengthen your Growth Mindset is to adopt intentional mastery goals. Fill in the blank: My goal is to master the skills involved in…. Write it down. Track your progress towards this goal with quick weekly reviews of what you’ve learned and how you have advanced. Join me at the Grit & […]

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    “What would you do if you knew that, no matter what the outcome, it would help you learn and develop?” The original version of this question, “what would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?” plays to a Fixed Mindset perspective — “I only want to do those things I know I can be […]

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    Reposted from January 19, 2016 One of the most important books for EVERYONE in the legal profession to read this year is Kelly McGonigal’s The Upside of Stress: Why stress is good for you and how to get good at it). Just imagine for a second that everything about stress that we thought we knew, was in […]

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