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5 Strategies for Boosting Confidence

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Written by Allison Wolf

In law, it can seem as though confidence is a professional requirement. There is an expectation that you will have the answers. It can also seem like everyone around you feels confident, and you are the odd one out. The feeling is not a unique one. You are not alone. Many lawyers lack confidence, this is particularly true for junior lawyers. When so much is new in the early years of practice and the learning curve is steep, it is natural to experience self-doubt and worry.

To help you with accessing confidence when you need it (or courage), here are five practical strategies and a summary of what each entails:

  1. Learn your strengths – Remember the strengths that are going to support your effort as well as when and why they went well.
  2. Prepare and Practice – Putting in the extra time and effort to prepare well and practice can boost your performance.
  3. Visualize – Imagining a specific situation or task can hone your performance. Many professional athletes use this technique!
  4. Shift Focus from inward to outward – Shift inward concerns like self-doubt outwards towards objectives. Giving attention to the outcome can increase your confidence.
  5. Shift Mindset – When you are taking on a challenge or learning something hard, adopt a growth or success mindset. The stress response you feel will actually enhance your performance and learning.

For a deeper dive into these strategies and how to apply them read the full article here.

And for another perspective on this read Lawyer Coach Lora McInturf’s article on Jumpstarting Confidence here.

About the author

Allison Wolf

I am the founder of AWAL and one of the most senior coaches for lawyers in North America. I have helped countless clients over the past fifteen years, develop thriving legal practices and before that served as director of marketing for award-winning law firms. My specialty is uncovering the thinking traps and gaps holding clients back and helping them acquire the mindsets, skills, and habits for growing successful and rewarding legal careers. After a career in legal marketing and business development with law firms in Beijing, New York, and Vancouver, I was trained as a coach in 2004 at Royal Roads University and now coach clients from across North America. You can reach me at or learn more about my coaching practice from the coaching section of the Attorney With A Life Website.

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