Law Office of Dathan L. Hill January 2019

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January 2019

Reaching for Your Goals Life Goals and Resolutions

T he new year makes me think a lot about new beginnings and resolutions. I’ve had many goals over the years, many of which I’ve accomplished through a lot of hard work and continual effort. When it comes to beginning a new endeavor, even if it’s something you’ve always wanted to do, it can be nerve-wracking. One of the scariest things I’ve ever started was law school. Getting accepted to Southern University Law Center was the greatest accomplishment I had ever achieved. I was so excited and ready to get started but not fully prepared for what was ahead. First-year law students were divided into three sections, and each section had different professors who lectured in their own unique styles. I found out rather quickly that my section had the toughest professors, whose sole purpose was to try to flunk their students. So, my first day of class was terrifying. It was my dream to become a lawyer, but it was just my luck to get thrown into section one with the most challenging professors to work with. So, what did I do to endure it? I worked hard, and after a while, I stopped thinking about my fears. I made sure to arrive to classes on time, did the work that was asked of me, and put all my time into exploring my passion for law. It was because of that mindset that I made it through my classes, and now I’m here today, where I can help my clients who need me. New Year’s is a great time to start thinking about goals, whether they’re life goals or small changes in habits. I know a lot of people who are planning to put New Year’s resolutions into action this year, myself included. For 2019, my resolve is to be more patient. This is a never- ending quest dealing with my 11-year-old son. If I ask him to do chores around the house but I don’t give him instructions down to the last

Last year, one of my resolutions was to expand my business, and one of the methods I wanted to utilize was a newsletter. I wanted to start sending my clients monthly newsletters in early 2018, but I thought I was far too busy to actually do it. However, one day I was watching SportsCenter, and a Nike commercial came on with the slogan “Just Do It!” It was exactly the push I needed. It motivated me to act on that impulse and start my newsletter. You may have things that you want to do that you think you’re too busy for, but until you actually start that project, chore, exercise, or anything you want to do, you’ll never know. If you are starting a New Year’s resolution soon, I encourage you to follow through with it and accomplish your goals.

letter, he won’t do them. If you’re a parent, you know what I mean. In these situations, I feel frustrated and immediately want to raise my voice to get the point across, but then I remember that this person in front of me isn’t me. My son is still a kid, and he’s still learning. In many instances, I’ve found myself having conversations with people, and when they don’t get my point, I will raise my voice, or they will do the same to me. Not too long ago, I found myself in a conversation with opposing counsel for an insurance company. We were both getting frustrated and started to yell at each other; then, abruptly, I thought about my son. Instantly, I lowered my voice, listened to what he was saying, and responded calmly. Our conversation, which had started out peaceful, had exploded into an all-out, high- pitched argument. But once I changed my tone, the conversation became composed again. The agreement that followed would never have happened if both of us hadn’t calmed down and stopped shouting. Arguments happen, but when they do and you’re feeling frustrated, sometimes all you have to do is change the tone of the conversation, and the other person may just listen.

-Dathan Hill

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