HOW TO BREAK OUT OF A LEGAL CAREER RUT
If you have served in any industry for a great length of time, chances are you are going to find yourself in a rut once in a while. Simply put, being in a rut is caused by having developed a boring routine, which leaves you feeling like what you are doing is no longer interesting or important.
When you find yourself in a rut, do not feel bad or terrible. It is bound to happen to everyone at some point in time. Fortunately, when it does, there are several things which will help boost your confidence and increase your productivity.
Understand that ups and downs are to be expected
Being in a rut does not mean your legal career is not the one for you. When careers reach slow periods, some people may make the mistake of believing they are no longer meant to be in that career or they have lost their passion. Don’t fall prey to this school of thought. It is better to understand that ups and downs are a normal part of any career path. So, don’t feel discouraged when it happens to you. Understand that it is a normal thing and only temporary.
Try to remember why you started in the first place
Some people lose their passion and drive because they have reached a high point in their career and feel like there is no longer a reason to hustle or stress anymore. They find it hard to progress through this phase because they don’t remember why they started in the first place. If you are stuck in a rut, try to remember the real motivation behind your initial choice of becoming a legal practitioner. Maybe you started because you wanted to defend the helpless and weak from the government or you wanted to deal with some issues happening in the corporate world. Whatever the reason, it will provide a source of inspiration to get up and get your creative juices flowing.
The most important thing to do when your career has reached a low spot is not to let your mind deceive you into thinking it is the end of your legal career. Rediscover the passion of your career choice, discover new sources of inspiration and realize it is temporary. This too shall pass. That’s a promise.