Ep #7: Perfectionism

Perfectionism is one of the causes of an enormous amount of stress for many of my lawyer clients.

Perfectionism is the belief that things can always be better – you could always be better or do better. It is the idea that your life should be in a constant state of self-improvement because you’re not okay the way you are. The irony is that thinking this way actually makes you worse at your job – and everything else!

This week, we look into the intricacies of perfectionism and examine the reasons why it is so common among lawyers, especially ones who are already self-critical. I explain where perfectionism comes from, how it affects all areas of our life, and why it never works. I also share my coaching strategies for overcoming it and starting to be able to accept yourself where you are.


What You’ll Learn From this Episode:

  • What it really means to be a perfectionist.
  • The negative results that perfectionism produces in your life.
  • Why perfection doesn’t work.
  • How to beat your critical brain.
  • My tips and strategies for overcoming perfectionism.

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About the author

Kara Loewentheilis a former litigator, academic, and think tank director who now runs a boutique life coaching practice for lawyers. As a certified cognitive life coach, her coaching work focuses on teaching lawyers how to reduce stress, improve time management, balance their workload and personal lives, and create a sustainable and enjoyable legal practice. Before launching her coaching practice Ms. Loewentheil ran the Public Rights / Private Conscience Project at Columbia Law School, held academic fellowships at Yale and Columbia, and litigated in state and federal court. Ms. Loewentheil clerked on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and is a cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School and Yale University.

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