Lawyers are strong, intelligent professionals.
Very often we’ve got the career, family, nice house, decent income, but experience failing mental health and a poor sense of well-being.
Have you spent years climbing the ladder, striving to be the “go to” person for your clients and the person your team looks to for answers?
But in clocking up all that chargeable time maybe you’ve missed school plays, dinner dates and family gatherings. Do you manage to have conversations with your spouses that doesn’t involve negotiating who’s paying the cleaner or picking up the kids from school?
Lawyers have a larger dose of the “perfectionist” gene than you’ll see in many other professions. We feel as though we must be the one who gets everything done, meets deadlines, gets the kids to school and has a week’s worth of frozen dinners ready? (Or feels like you should be doing all of that?)
This is leading us to higher and higher levels of burnout, stress related absence, ill health, not feeling able to pursue that promotion or new role, and even leaving the profession we’ve worked so hard to join.
I’m Hannah Beko.
A lawyer, corporate trainer, speaker, business owner, wife and mum to three amazing boys.
I know what it’s like to wonder what’s missing when on paper life looks pretty perfect. By the age of 35 I’d achieved more than I’d ever expected. The dream house, supportive husband, (then) two beautiful boys, and a successful legal business. But, I felt like I was letting everyone down, including myself. I thought I was living my dream, but I didn’t sleep well at night, was starting to suffer from the symptoms of chronic stress and I certainly didn’t feel happy.
So my search for better health and more happiness began. The answer doesn’t have to be heading off to an ashram or giving up on careers or businesses. By weaving some basic and manageable steps into everyday, I was able to start showing up happier and healthier, and even business grew.
I remember the comments from my legal colleagues about how calm and “zen” I was under pressure. It felt like a real turning point as I knew it wasn’t a front, I actually felt like that underneath!
Where I thought I would be leaving my legal career behind, I’m now more invested than ever and growing my property practice alongside my training and coaching. It’s my mission to provide bespoke personalised support to individuals, firms and organisations who value mental health and wellbeing.
Happiness impacts upon productivity by more than 12%. It’s certainly in the best interests organisations to have an authentic and powerful system in place for the improvement of mental health and wellbeing of everyone in the business.
I believe it will take a combined effort from both firms and individuals taking control of their own lives, that will make a difference to the health and happiness of our profession. That’s what Authentically Speaking is all about!
I’d love to speak to you about how we could work together to provide a training, coaching and support solution that suits you and / or your organisation or team.
What people are saying
“It all starts with happiness for me. When we take care of our mental health and wellbeing, we are able to be the very best version of ourselves in our private lives and our business and career. Happiness has a big impact on productivity, effectiveness and profit!”
Hannah, Lawyer, Coach & Trainer