Category: Goal Setting

AOL 148: Law Firm Goals – Go Big or Be Realistic? (plus your other questions)

We’re with an episode of free coaching Friday, where I answer your questions live on Facebook. The main topic of conversation today was law firm goals and whether or not the right way to set law firm goals was to be realistic or to go big. I used to be a fan of realistic but aggressive law firm goals. I thought it was important to push yourself, but to also set something within reason, something you could actually achieve. Lately I’ve kind of changed my tune with this, and it’s because of a book I recently read called The 10x Rule by Grant Cardone. If you want to hear all about it, plus your other questions answered, go listen in. Christopher Small is the founder of CMS Law Firm LLC a Seattle estate planning law firm. He loves talking about the lessons he’s learned starting a law firm to help you do the same.

AOL 146: Law Firm Coaching Friday – Estate Planning Law Firm Advantages; Marketing an Estate Planning Law Firm; Subscription Legal Services; and Alexis Neely Estate Planning Programs

This is the first of what I hope to be MANY free law firm coaching Friday’s, where I hop on Facebook Live and answer all of your law firm questions (and anything else you want to ask). First things first, mark your calendar for Fridays at 10:30 a.m. Pacific time – that’s when this bad boy is going down (most of the time). Second, if you don’t have time to go live but still want to ask a question, hit me up at chris at and put “question” in the subject line. I’ll read your question and answer it right there. Third, there is no third! Listen to the show – it’s a good one! Fourth, okay, there is something. These are the topics covered: Estate Planning Law Firm Advantages Marketing an Estate Planning Law firm; Subscription Legal Services; Alexis Neely Estate Planning Programs; and Much Much More! Cheers, Christopher Small P.S. Tired of hope marketing for your law […]

AOL 145: Are You Committed?

Listen everyone. I can’t remember what I said on this podcast – I recorded it about a week ago. Here’s what I know – it’s amazing stuff. Instead of wondering, hit the play button or read the transcript below. Cheers, Christopher Small Are You Committed Transcript Hey everybody welcome to episode one forty four of The Art Of Lawyering Podcast. I’m excited to be here. I’m sitting out on the deck of my office. You can hear so much ever growing by. Beautiful view of the island big mountains and the Lake Washington and I’m here to talk to you today about something kind of fun. Before I get there, I want to remind you about my coaching program. So I have decided to reopen the inner circle which is my coaching program to ten people and before I get there. You know I want to, so I’m going to go back, and so when I started you know, I […]

AOL 142: Five Reasons Your Law Firm Will Fail

On this episode I talk about the five reasons your law firm will fail (or, read another way – do the opposite of what I’m talking about to have a successful law firm). I was sitting at my desk today thinking about what to talk to you about today and it dawned on me – I haven’t done a motivational talk in a while! And what better way to motivate you than to tell you why your law firm will fail. Don’t believe me? I don’t know what the statistic is on business failure as a whole, but I’ve talked to a lot of law firm owners and I can tell you a majority of them (over 80%) are struggling to just make ends meet. Why is this? Why is it so darn difficult to create a successful law firm? Here are the five reasons your law firm will fail: You will focus on the wrong things You will build […]

AOL 135: Law Firm Quarterly Report and 3rd Quarter Goals

It is time for one of my favorite episodes – the law firm quarterly report! Yes, we are a little late to the game, with the second quarter officially ending at the end of June, but better late than never! And, this specific report is doubly fun because I’VE GOT SOME EXCITING NEWS TO REPORT!! Law Firm Quarterly Report If you have been listening to The Art of Lawyering Podcast for any length of time then you know how much I love setting goals, going for big goals, and then reporting back to you on whether or not I’ve reached these goals. That’s what this quarterly report is all about. And that is a big part of today’s episode. Law Firm 3rd Quarter Goals BUT, that’s not all. I also let you in on what my law firm startup goals are for the 3rd quarter, and, maybe more importantly, I talk about how and why I arrived at those goals. […]

AOL 129: Unblocking Your Law Firm Vision with Eric Scroggins

Law Firm Vision. What is that? How do you find it? Where does it come from? And what happens if you want to find it so badly but unseen forces are in your way blocking you? That’s what Eric Scroggins, the author of Vision Blockers, and I talk about on the show today. Here are just a few things we talk about: Networking rule of 5; How to get financing through a bank; The biggest hurdle to unblocking your vision; How to deal with haters; and So much more! Show Resources: Book Recommendation – Put Your Dream to the Test by John C. Maxwell Cheers, Christopher Small P.S. – curious about what I do on a daily basis to create and build my successful law firm? Now you can find out first hand (and steal some of my secrets). It’s called the Law Firm Confidential Podcast, and you can get access to the first 5 episodes for free […]

AOL 121: My 2016 Law Firm Goals

As most of you know, I sold my law firm at the end of last year and started a new one in March, 2016. In just a little over a month I’ve made a ton of progress, and I’ve got a long way to go. I thought now might be a good time to share my 2016 law firm goals with you on a quarter by quarter basis so you can get an idea of the things I’m working toward and the order I’m working toward them in. As always, if you want to hear the details about my 2016 law firm goals you can listen to the podcast by clicking the link above or you can read the transcript below. Enjoy! Cheers, Christopher Small P.S. – curious about what I do on a daily basis to create and build my successful law firm? Now you can find out first hand (and steal some of my secrets). It’s called the […]

AOL 115: How Long Does Law Firm Start-Up Success Take?

Sometimes it can seem like law firm start-up success takes forever. But how long is too long? How do you know when you should keep going? That’s what we talk about today on the show… Hey everybody, welcome to episode 115 of The Art Of Lawyering podcast. I am your host, Christopher Small, I am out actually walking the dog tonight, figured I would mix up a little bit and give you some good stuff while talking them on a walk. Typically takes me a little bit but we’re probably not gonna take forever here. We’re doing these short bite sized episodes if you didn’t know that. Interesting question, had somebody that just wanted to join The Law Firm Confidential, and she’d been, has been at it for about three weeks. She’s been doing the stuff that’s in the program, and she hasn’t seen much success yet and she have a Facebook group and she was curious about how long […]

AOL 111: How Lawyer Anita Dhake Retired from Her Law Firm at 33 Years Old

Today’s guest has a story like none other before. Yes she is a lawyer, or should I say, was a lawyer, just like us. She graduated in 2009, took a big law corporate job, and started grinding away. Except, that she wasn’t like us. She had other plans. She refused to lead a life controlled by other’s expectations. One year after starting her legal career, all of her 100K plus student loan was paid off. And in August, 2015, at just 33 years old, she retired from the practice of law to chase her dreams and travel the world. Resources Your Money or Your Life: 9 Steps to Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence Book Rec: The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun Cheers, Christopher Small P.S. – curious about what I do on a daily […]

AOL 110: Techniques, Habits, and Rituals

This episode is all about the learning curve that we are all on. Have you ever started learning anything from scratch? Of course you have!! Here’s a hint – law. When you started law you progressed through a specific series of steps that I talk about today in the podcast. 1. Techniques 2. Habits 3. Rituals If you want to know more, you’ve got to listen to the show!! Cheers, Christopher Small P.S. – curious about what I do on a daily basis to create and build my successful law firm? Now you can find out first hand (and steal some of my secrets). It’s called the Law Firm Confidential Podcast, and you can get access to the first 5 episodes for free by clicking right here. Who am I? I am an expert on starting a law firm and law firm marketing. I’ve started two successful law firms (you can check out my current law firm here) and love […]
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