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Have you ever wondered where life’s road is leading you, especially when it seems like you’re always in the fast lane to professional success but somehow missing the exits to personal happiness?

On this episode of Great Practice, Great Life, guest Aaron Rothert takes over hosting duties to interview Steve as we explore the influence of “My Great Decade” thinking on careers and personal lives. They uncover the often-overlooked misalignments between what we do daily and our core values, using the lens of our children’s growth as a reminder of time’s relentless march.

Steve shares his revelations from the “My Great Life” exercise with Atticus. We explore how refocusing from building a profitable practice to crafting a meaningful existence can dramatically enhance happiness and success. Steve’s transition emphasizes living by design, not by default—reshaping your life’s trajectory towards what resonates with your personal aspirations.

Wrapping up, we delve into prioritizing and maintaining focus in the hustle of life. You’ll hear some personal struggles and the epiphanies that led to life changes, like creating a personal planner—a tool to keep the essentials at the forefront.

Whether challenges in personal development exercises seem daunting or self-reflection feels elusive, this conversation is designed to inspire confidence in carving out a path that aligns with your definition of a great life.

In this episode, you will hear:

  • The “My Great Decade” exercise to align your legal career with personal values and envision a fulfilling future
  • Steve’s experience with the “My Great Life” exercise
  • Personal happiness as a measure of success
  • The power of setting long-term goals
  • Aligning your career with personal values for a fulfilling legal practice and life
  • Overcoming severe depression by shifting focus from professional success to personal fulfillment
  • Defining what a great life means
  • The benefits of using a personal planner over an electronic calendar for maintaining focus and direction in your professional life
  • Revisiting personal development exercises to ensure they influence life choices
  • Recognizing your value in the pursuit of a great life
  • Reflective practice as a tool for focusing on what truly matters in life and profession

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Supporting Resources:

Aaron Rothert: Certified Practice Advisor & Attorney

My Great Life® Planner

Great Practice. Great Life.® by Atticus® – 039: From the Kitchen Table to Representing the State of Michigan with Michele Fuller

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

Steve Riley

Certified Practice Advisor & Attorney

Steve Riley has coached attorneys for more than 20 years. His one-on-one coaching focuses on a limited number of top producing attorneys committed to taking their practices to new levels of excellence, profit, and personal success. He also presents at group coaching workshops around the country for individual law firms, state bar associations, and other legal organizations.

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