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How do high-achieving lawyers break through generations of being taught that we have to grind ourselves into the ground to get results for clients, build a successful business and create a life we love? While law schools are busy teaching the rule of law, they’re slacking on teaching us how to be a better human to create for ourselves the success we thought we’d achieve after law school. This podcast bridges the gap between law school and life. Dina Cataldo is a life coach for lawyers and a ...
 
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We tend to canonize the heroes in our life and hate on the villains in the story of our life. We'll give our time, money, and energy to fueling our belief in the hero/villain stories that we have instead of seeing them for who they are: humans just like us. See where this may be happening in your life and where you may be ruled by your misperceptio…
 
What do you choose to believe? And how is it impacting your capacity to have what you want? No matter what you want -- to feel more in control of your practice or your life -- you'll want to listen in. At the end of this episode, I pose 5 powerful questions to help you uncover beliefs that may be preventing you from going after what you want. Don't…
 
Codependency is a way of relating to the world that we pick up subconsciously. If you're codependent, you probably don't even realize it because you've operated from that place since you were a child. I didn't. And a surprising number of lawyers don't realize it either. Codependency has some negative connotations for us because it feels like a weak…
 
We have our own personal ecosystem. Our body is an ecosystem that has needs. What it needs to survive is pretty basic: food, water, shelter. What it needs to thrive is a different story. The reason I decided to coach lawyers is because I wanted to help lawyers move from survive mentality to thrive mentality. For a lot of years, I was stuck in survi…
 
Any time we want something, we're going to encounter obstacles. It's how we think about them that determines whether we overcome them or not. Each obstacle is a game. Each game you play and win gets you one step closer to creating what you want. In this episode you'll learn how to think about obstacles in the way high performance athletes do, disti…
 
Have you been sitting on an idea and not taking action on it because it seems impossible? This is the episode you'll want to listen to to begin making it happen. And if you fall into the camps of having a ton of ideas you ruminate on or having zero ideas, you'll want to keep listening. For those of you with a ton of ideas, I'm going to help you dis…
 
Let's do some new year planning, shall we? Read this BEFORE planning anything for next year. Answer a few questions for yourself before you do any new year planning. No matter where you are in your law journey, the answers to the questions I'm posing in this episode will help you plan where you focus your time and attention in the new year. RESOURC…
 
When we go after a goal, or do anything new, our brain goes haywire. It throws up the warning signs and tells us "It's hard," "I don't know how," or "I've never done it before." None of that is a problem. You'll learn the skills you need to overcome those thoughts, and more. You'll also learn the skills you need to develop to create the successes y…
 
In this episode of Be a Better Lawyer, you'll learn a few easy ways to simplify your practice that you've likely never considered. When you think about simplification, you may think that means doing less. Yes, that's true. But what most lawyers don't consider when simplifying their practice is that how they THINK about their work matters. When you …
 
Most lawyers waste a ton of time over-working. Over-working happens when we're not focused on the most impactful actions in our practice. When we're over-working, we feel pressured, overwhelmed and sometimes a bit confused. We think we're doing everything we're "supposed" to be doing. So why aren't we making the progress we want to see. When we're …
 
Anxiety is a normal human emotion. But when you want to do your best, most impactful work, it's not helpful. Anxiety prevents you from serving clients at your highest level and -- if left unchecked -- prevents you from showing up the way you want to in your life. What most people don't know is that we unconsciously fuel anxiety with our thoughts an…
 
In this episode you'll learn 5 indicators that you can expand your vision for yourself and your law practice. I'll give you lots of examples along the way so you can get the awareness you need to begin stretching yourself into an expanded vision of yourself. We can't expand our vision for ourselves when we're swimming in the proverbial water. How d…
 
Asking for more money can be a touchy subject for some lawyers. Money generally can be emotionally charged. In this episode, you're going to learn some tools to help you reign in the emotions and start making decisions that are in alignment with how you want to live and what you want your practice to look like Specifically, we're talking about rais…
 
On a scale from 1 to 10, how much do you believe that your services are valuable to your clients? Why? This episode is for lawyers who want to build their confidence in their practice. It's important that you believe in your bones the value of your services because that determines what you're willing to charge for them, how you talk to your potenti…
 
Whenever we judge someone, we want them to be different. When we want someone to be different, we wish we could control them. Who doesn't want to control all the people? Wouldn't it be great if we could tell adults how to behave, and they would just do what we tell them to do? It sounds horrible when I call it control, right? We think we should be …
 
Everything we have in our life is a reflection of what we believe. If you're not making the progress you want to see on your goals, you may feel our of control. Today I'm sharing 5 beliefs I needed to embrace to take control of my time and my life. I also want to invite you to my Calendar Masterclass for Lawyers happening this upcoming Saturday. We…
 
This podcast is for lawyers who feel a bit lost. They know they're meant for more, but they're not sure what. It's a bit of a workshop to help you begin thinking differently, create a vision for your life, and create a strategic plan to begin moving forward on getting what you want. RESOURCES I've create a guide that accompanies this podcast that y…
 
Our brain isn't great at predicting outcomes. When we're faced with decisions or new circumstances, our brain goes directly to doubt and fear to keep us safe. If we have doubt and fear, then we won't take any new action, which assures our safety. If we don't manage our brains instead of them acting from default, we won't get closer to our goals. RE…
 
"How do I stop feeling behind?" is one of the most common questions I get asked by lawyers. If you want to stop feeling behind, it starts with one secret: understanding how your mind works. Once you understand how your mind works, then you can begin changing the habit that has you feeling behind. The secret to how to stop feeling behind is great, b…
 
One of the issues that a lot of lawyers come to me with is they know that there's something tugging at them to do more than what they're currently doing, but they don't know where to start. There's so many things that they want to do, they get overwhelmed. In this podcast, I'm sharing an exercise to help you get clear and some mindset shifts to hel…
 
Going after any goal that we've never achieved before requires us to become a different person. We're becoming the person who has upleveled ourselves to accomplish it. I was thinking about how I've put myself in the position to achieve my goal of building a coaching business while working as a full time lawyer to the point where I could leave my la…
 
Chances are that if you're listening to this, you have something that gnaws at you. You may not know what it is, but there's something calling to you. There's this voice telling you there's something more. Maybe you don't know what it is, and all you know is it doesn't feel good to ignore that part of you. Or maybe you know exactly what it is, but …
 
When I talk to lawyers, many tell me they want to feel more confident in themselves. Today I'm sharing with you what I've learned about how to be more self-confident. I was able to change how I showed up in my business and in my life. RESOURCES Calendar Masterclass for Lawyers CONNECT WITH ME On Instagram @dina.cataldo On LinkedIn WORK WITH ME Lear…
 
Let's talk brain management, my friend. We don't get a booklet that tells us how to use our brains. We hear the phrase "common sense" thrown around a lot, but if there were such a thing as common sense, wouldn't it be more common? Wouldn't everyone agree on what needs to get done in the world much less a project at work? There's no such thing as co…
 
I want to invite you to join me next Saturday, August 28th 2021 for my Calendar Masterclass for Lawyers. We're going to cover the three fundamentals no one teaches us in law school. Want in? Sign up here: www.dinacataldo.com/calendarmasterclass In this bonus episode I'm going to: - tell you the three fundamentals to managing our time that no one te…
 
Releasing perfectionism isn't easy when you're a Type-A lawyer taught that perfectionism means you have it all together. What no one tells us is that perfectionism is the reason so many of us are anxious, overwhelmed, and aren't creating what we want to in the world. Today I'm unravelling the myth that perfectionism is something to be admired. I'm …
 
Everything we believe about ourselves is a perception. We create these perceptions based on what society has fed us including our family, friends, and even the other lawyers we work with in the office. Once we deconstruct the perceptions we have of ourselves and others, we can decide exactly who we want to be in this world. Ready to become a better…
 
If we allow ourselves to be trapped in our circumstances, we won't take the actions we need to take to make the change we want. Allowing possibility lets us have a tiny seed of a dream, and nurture it until we can build the capacity to have what we want. Our ability to open up to possibility directly corresponds to our capacity to have what we want…
 
Being a lawyer with big dreams and responsibilities can feel impossible. If we're not paying attention, we can drive ourselves into the ground feeling mentally and emotionally exhausted. Mental health is my #1 priority, and I'm sharing with you my favorite practices that keep me sane. Steal one or all of them to make your day easier. RESOURCES Cale…
 
Picture your brain as your home. Do you like what you see? In this episode, you'll learn what brain clutter is, and how it's impacting your practice and your life. You'll also learn how you can de-clutter your brain to make room for more energy and more of what you love in your life. RESOURCES Calendar Management 101 for Lawyers CONNECT WITH ME On …
 
"You should feel better than you do." It's easy to believe this lie in a world where we have curated social media feeds, so I'm breaking down a misconception that may be keeping you and a lot of others stuck. It's so prevalent, that you can't help but believe this until you see it. Today you'll get awareness around how this misconception is prevent…
 
When we don't have committed energy, we give up too soon on our goals. When we don't have committed energy, we wish and dream, and when we don't get what we want on the timeline that we want or in the way we imagined it, we become frustrated and think we made the wrong decision. And beat ourselves up instead of taking action on our goals. When we d…
 
One thing that stalls us out the most in pursuing our dreams and achieving them is fear. The problem isn't just that we're scared. The problem is that fear drives our decisions, and we don't even know it's happening. The clues are so subtle, we don't think fear is steering our decisions and actions. Today you're going to learn the unexpected ways f…
 
When you think about your debt, do you feel tight in your shoulders? If so, you're not alone. I used to be the same way, and I want to share with you how I unraveled my unhealthy thoughts about debt to create a healthier relationship with money, myself, and my business. RESOURCES Masterclass: Focus 101 for Lawyers CONNECT WITH ME On Instagram @dina…
 
Join me on June 17th for my new live Masterclass Focus 101 for Lawyers. Click here to save your spot. On June 17th, I'm going to help you blow your mind with what you're capable of. It's going to be my best Masterclass yet, so you don’t want to miss it. You're going to come away with a deep understanding of where your attention has been directed an…
 
If you're feeling stuck in your practice or your life, you've probably made a lot of rules for yourself. In this episode, we explore some of the rules we make up and how to begin questioning whether they're rules we want to live by. RESOURCES Masterclass: Focus 101 for Lawyers CONNECT WITH ME On Instagram @dina.cataldo On LinkedIn WORK WITH ME Lear…
 
What's it like building a business and practicing mindset while being a full-time lawyer? My client Aman Costigan dishes all in this candid conversation. Pay particular attention to a few areas we talk about because they're crucial to achieving any goal. Her experience learning how to make decisions while feeling uncertainty Learning how to have he…
 
Today we're digging into some of the mental drama that keeps us stuck. The drama that keeps us making poor decisions or no decisions at all, the drama that keeps us overwhelmed and working too hard, and the drama that makes us feel plain bad. Once we clean this up, we can move forward into a bigger and better version of ourselves. RESOURCES Calenda…
 
Feel unfocussed? You're not alone. I used to feel that way too. That's until I realized what I'm talking about in today's Be a Better Lawyer Podcast. Today you'll learn: The new rules to live by to create a focused mindset What you need to know to create change How to dial into your inner compass to make better decisions This podcast is from a mind…
 
Ever say to yourself you don't "have enough willpower"? No matter how many times you tell yourself you're going to change, you don't. The problem isn't having "enough" willpower. The problem is that we've been taught the exact opposite of what we need to do to make change. In this episode, you'll learn why willpower isn't the answer and what the re…
 
When we're deep in our problems, we deeply identify with how we feel. We say, "I'm overwhelmed." "I'm busy." Unfortunately, when we deeply identify as being the kind of person who's overwhelmed or stressed, we make it more difficult to change. What if we could make change inevitable? In this podcast, you'll learn two keys to making change in your l…
 
Us lawyers are taught to judge every case that comes our way. So how can we prevent these judgement from harming us in our day-to-day lives? In this episode, you'll learn what judging others and yourself reveals to you and how to overcome these thoughts to create the practice and life that you want. RESOURCES Busy Lawyer’s Quick-Start Guide to Gett…
 
There are two parts to having visionary capacity. The first is the ability to have a vision. The second is the ability to hold the vision. A prerequisite to both of these is to calm the overwhelm that we feel. Once we do, we open ourselves up to possibilities. In this episode, you'll learn what it takes to have both elements of visionary capacity. …
 
Whether you bill hourly or you set packages for your clients, today is going to be an eye-opener. Ignoring the 8 billing mistakes I'm talking about today aren't just costing you money. They're costing you mental energy, time, and they're really symptoms of larger problems in your practice, which is how you think about yourself, your clients, your p…
 
Is your focus trained on the right things for your life and your practice? What we focus on expands, so it's important to know the difference. Today we're taking a real-world look at how our focus -- when directed correctly towards our goals -- changes everything. I'll walk you through real-life examples of how focus can both negatively and positiv…
 
We need to shake up our belief systems, and this episode is going to do that for you. No doubt! If you've ever felt anxious about money or avoid looking at your finances, you'll want to listen to this episode a few times. The first time, your brain will probably want to shut off while it's hearing the new concepts I talk about. It's trying to numb …
 
If you've ever had a sleepless night because your brain kept running even when you were exhausted from a long day at the office, listen up. Ruminations don't have to ruin your sleep or cause you anxiety. I'll tell you exactly what you can do to stop them, and get the sleep (and sanity) you need. In this episode you'll learn: Exactly what is means t…
 
When lawyers ask me how they can be happier in the law, they don't always like my answer, but they always come around. Even the lawyers who think they're basically happy feel more fulfilled in their practice and their life once they learn the principles I'm covering in today's episode. Becoming a happy lawyer or reducing stress isn't about finding …
 
Let's talk about getting what you want. Sound like fun? It's easy to feel good when we get what we want, right? But what happens when we don't? You'll want to listen in if you: have interactions with other humans want more time want to create better results in your life overall This episode is courtesy of a lovely listener who offered up a great qu…
 
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