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The Right Teammates Shape Your Trajectory 

Success is not achieved in isolation. It is the cumulative result of the influences and contributions of those around you. The people you surround yourself with can either propel you toward success or hinder your progress. It’s crucial to consciously choose your circle of influence. Surround yourself with individuals who challenge, inspire, and support you in your personal and professional growth journey. 

Expanding Your Circle for Personal Growth 

Often, we limit our circle of influence to our immediate friends and family. While their contribution to our growth is invaluable, expanding our circles and incorporating diverse influences is equally important. By doing so, you expose yourself to different perspectives and learning opportunities. 

Moreover, competition should not be shied away from. Instead, it should be embraced as a tool for growth. It is not about comparing your success with others but about learning from them and striving to outperform your past self.

Taking Control of Your Life 

Success is a result of consistent and conscious effort toward self-improvement. This involves setting measurable goals, creating daily plans, and maintaining accountability. This could be as simple as creating a daily leaderboard, tracking your caloric intake, or implementing a “start, stop, continue” exercise to reflect on your progress and set targets for the future. 

Resilience: A Key Ingredient to Success 

Resilience, especially in demanding fields like law, is a vital attribute. It is the ability to bounce back from failures and disappointments and not allow them to define you but use them as stepping stones toward success. A strong support system plays a critical role in building resilience. Surrounding yourself with the right people who can provide emotional support and objective advice during challenging times is invaluable. 

Strategic Relationship Building 

Maintaining and nurturing relationships is just as important as choosing the right people to include in your circle. This involves regular check-ins, showing appreciation, and reciprocating support. Moreover, evaluating these relationships regularly is crucial to ensure they continue to contribute positively to your growth. 

The Power of Grit 

Grit is often overlooked, but it is a key determinant of success. It is the unwavering determination and perseverance to continue working towards your goals, despite the obstacles and setbacks. Grit and resilience form a formidable combination that can propel you toward immense personal and professional growth. 

The journey towards self-improvement is not a sprint but a marathon. It requires consistent effort, the right influences, a resilient spirit, grit, and a supportive circle. It’s about competing with yourself, pushing your boundaries, and striving to be the best version of yourself.

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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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