Managing Self

Manage your mindset

Written by Allison Wolf

Aligning your mindset with who you want to be is worth reposting this article from last year!

To manage your mindset as you head towards a more simplified existence, you will need to know a couple of things: What is a mindset and more importantly, what is your mindset when it comes to dealing with overwhelm?

Defining mindset is relatively easy: it’s a particular way of thinking or a person’s established set of attitudes. Coming to terms with your particular mindset is perhaps a little less straightforward.

Living and working simply comes easily to some. For most it takes consistent effort. For the rest, a simplified life is a concept for which there is no space in a harried, disorganized, frenzied minimum existence. Enter mindset.

How much of your identity (professional or personal) is wrapped up in being “crazy busy”? Be honest: is there any part of you concerned that without that self-imposed label, you might be seen as less intelligent, less capable, less successful, or less awesome? Perhaps being in a constant state of overwhelm gives you an automatic excuse when you mess up or fail to deliver to your fullest potential.

If your current mindset doesn’t align with how you want to be or what you are trying to achieve, take heart. You can change your mindset. It requires effort – much like simplifying and everything else worthwhile.

Changing your mindset works this way:

Instead of “am I smart?” ask “what might I learn?”

Instead of “am I capable?” ask “how can I continue moving toward my goal?”

Instead of “am I successful at this simplifying thing?” ask “in what way(s) have I grown through this process?”

Instead of “am I still awesome?” ask “in what way(s) am I living a fuller version of myself?”

Revisit your ‘why’, your reasons for wanting to simplify as we wrote about in our first instalment. Combine that with the intention you set as a result of Ashleigh’s second instalment. Mix in a mindset that sets you up for learning and growth and you are well on your way.

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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