Congratulations! Your personalized stress response type results are in!
Based on what you’ve told me, your lawyer lifestyle is telling you that your stress type is:
The first thing you need to understand is it’s not your fault!
As lawyers, we're engaged in an adversarial system that encourages zero-sum, win-lose thinking. Further, we're encouraged to hustle and grind day in and day out. We're expected to over-perform every single day. And we have to juggle a thousand little details and work with clients dealing with some of the most challenging things they'll ever encounter. These circumstances aren't always pleasant and they're more than enough to trigger our nervous system into flight.
The profession we chose leads many to overwork and overwhelm. And some attorneys wear "busyness" like a badge of honor when it's really just a one-way ticket to burnout.
If we spend too much time in a perpetual FLIGHT response, we will begin to use those avoidance strategies in too many areas of our life–even on the little things. Then our FLIGHT becomes a vicious cycle, where we become overwhelmed by the burden of all the things from which we've fled. This often leads us to feel anxious, ineffective and then ashamed.
An overactive FLIGHT response leaves us in a state of procrastination-fueled, regret-filled overwhelm.
But What Do I Know?
Hello! I'm James Ferguson, a veteran trial lawyer and a professional coach.
Why do I know so much about living in FLIGHT Mode? Well, because I experienced it for myself!
Just under ten years ago, I went through a professional burnout that nearly cost me everything: my partner, my health, my home, my dog, and my life. Ironically, it didn't cost me my career. It's funny the things we can save at the cost of everything else.
Fortunately, that crucible experience transformed me. It allowed me to let go of what wasn't true and embrace what was. In doing so, I freed myself from a lot of the false and limiting beliefs and behaviors that got me stuck in that frozen rut.
And once I made it through that wilderness, transformed, I vowed to help anyone that I could in hopes they could avoid my burnout experience. That's how I transitioned from trial lawyer to professional coaching.
I believe that we are all living just a small portion of our true potential. And it usually takes just a few insights–supported by consistent action–to radically shift our lives into greater ease, happiness and connection with the people and projects that matter to us.