About Author :Jim Wawro
Author (Awakening Counsel; Ask Your Inner Voice), consultant, and former senior partner in a 1400-lawyer firm, Jim blogs at http://JimWawro.com/ about proven methods to make your life as a lawyer easier.
Are you creative? Do you know how to call on your own lawyer intuition whenever you need it?
Your Creative Solutions
Many lawyers quickly dismiss the thought that they are creative or that they can receive a useful insight just by calling on their own intuition whenever they need it. But those same lawyers also do just that on a regular basis without even thinking about it.
How do they do it? We all work at jobs with challenges. New issues regularly arise in our work requiring new solutions. In fact, think of a situation at work where you were presented with a problem that you didn’t immediately know how you were going to solve, but that you ultimately did solve. What did you do? Did you give up? Did you sweep the problem under the rug or shift responsibility to someone else? Likely not. If you’re like most lawyers, you take pride in accomplishing your work competently, and you likely have enough confidence in your ability to know that you will probably be able to solve most problems that crop up in your practice. That’s why you became a lawyer in the first place. So, what did you do solve the work problem that first seemed impossible?
Creativity’s Four Steps
Creativity studies indicate that you likely went through four stages in solving the problem: Research, “Kick Back,” “Ah-ha,” and Manifestation.
First, you studied the problem to understand why you couldn’t solve it quickly. Then you gathered the facts necessary to understand as much as you could about why the problem wasn’t susceptible to a quick solution. Perhaps you studied the problem visually, talked to a colleague, reviewed precedents in the files, or looked it up on Lexis or the Internet. Perhaps you experimented with quick solutions to see if one would work. If none of those approaches worked immediately, what did you do then?
Second, you probably set the problem aside for a while and went on to something else. You “forgot” about the problem, or “kicked back,” or otherwise turned the focus of your conscious attention away from the problem. What happened then?
Third, the solution likely suddenly “popped” into your mind in plenty of time to solve the problem, as answers had on many other occasions when, for example, in conversation with someone you had forgotten a name and said “give me moment, it’ll come to me.” And it later did.
Fourth, if you’re like most, the excitement of solving a problem that had no apparent solution likely energized you to actually solve the problem, to make the solution exist in the world and to not just exist in your mind. Besides, it was part of your job to solve such problems, to make the obstacles in your work disappear, which you likely then did. And, if the problem was tough enough, and your solution effective, you probably shared the problem and your solution with a co-worker.
What went on here? You were presented with a problem that you didn’t know how to solve; you asked your intuition to work on the solution; your intuition delivered the solution in time to solve the problem; and you made it exist in the world. Aren’t you in fact creative?
Do you think that your creativity is limited to solving problems at work, or can you call on your intuition whenever you need it to solve a problem, to gain a creative insight, or to simply make a wise decision with confidence? How would you go about finding a creative and effective answer to a most pressing question, like a question about finance, a relationship or your health?
Intuition on Demand
Why not follow the same four steps you used to solve the problem in your practice: study the problem, learn all you can about it, and research possible solutions to the problem. Then forget about the problem for a while and wait for an idea for a solution to pop into your mind. When it does, act on the idea and make the solution exist in the world. You are creative. You can call on your intuition whenever you need it to find answers to your most pressing questions.
Why not try this approach the next time you could use an intuition to solve a problem in your practice?
Jim Wawro, author (Awakening Counsel; Ask Your Inner Voice), executive coach, and former senior partner in a 1400-lawyer firm, discovered while trying cases that some people have learned the secret to actively calling on their own intuition whenever they need it. Jim’s books and coaching reveal proven methods of accessing your own inner wisdom to know what you really want and how to get it. Learn more at www.JimWawro.com.