Phyllis Law - March 2019

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Protecting Bright Futures

MAR 2019

Bright Futures Bulletin

I never want to be the lawyer that does the bare minimum for her clients. I believe it’s important to offer support — sometimes beyond my legal expertise — to help my clients and their families understand ways they can avoid facing legal trouble in the future. Creating bright futures isn’t just a slogan for me; it’s a mission I set out to complete for each client I represent. Recently, I represented a few clients who had been struggling with relatively normal issues juveniles are facing. In addition to my legal expertise and counsel, I try to provide my clients with additional resources I find effective in rehabilitation. One of my favorite approaches to whole health is implementing the use of a life coach. For those unfamiliar with life coaching, this may sound like a hack suggestion with flaky intentions. But anyone who has tried this technique will tell you that it’s designed to give you the agency to dig deeper within your personal potential. It’s meant to help you grow, not just change. For instance, shoplifting is seldom about the "loot" and more often an effect of something deeper. The compulsion to shoplift can be related to struggling with peer pressure, or maybe they are spending time with the wrong people. Other youthful offenders may be struggling with an addiction or are choosing to self-medicate instead of seeking professional assistance. Life coaching is designed to help them discover these diseased roots and make better decisions in an effort to heal them. I’m happy to report that these clients have seen some success and have found the life coach to be a great benefit to them. They are learning how to take a proactive role in their life, and they are digging into the roots of why they found themselves in legal trouble.

Life coaching isn’t just something I suggest to my clients. It’s something I use as well. I’m an avid listener of "Life Coach School", a podcast by Brooke Castillo. I have applied the lessons Brooke teaches in her podcast to my daily life, and I was taking the agency to actively make these changes. For me, life and self-coaching is a personal check-in that helps me prioritize and make a plan. I’m able to set short- and long-term goals while also holding myself accountable. Outside of podcasting, I also rely on professional peers for reflection and check-ins with myself. I am a member of an association of lawyers that collaborate on strategies for managing a small law firm, and each one of us has our own “coach.” Each week, I have a scheduled conversation with my coach. Together we make an action plan to reach goals. He assigns me homework and holds me accountable. Just like the podcasts, my coach is a mentor and is a partner in the success of my law firm. If you’re skeptical about life or self-coaching, try Life Coach School or a personal peer. I know I have discovered opportunities to improve, and seeing those changes transpire motivates me to continue. And I don’t just do this for me; I know how important being the best I can be is for my clients and their bright futures. We are thrilled to announce that we now offer life coach services at PhyllisLaw.com. If you are interested, we are offering an initial consultation for $50. Call or text 404.514.3397 and mention this article.

Creating Bright Futures How Life Coaching Helps My Clients — And Me

They are learning how to take

a proactive role in their life, and they are digging into the roots of why they found themselves in legal trouble. ”

–Phyllis Gingrey Collins

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