If we achieve what we measure, then is it true that we become what we think about most of the time? Philip E. Humbert, Ph.D., wrote, "The human brain is a goal-seeking, problem-solving machine, and the things we think about, focus on and worry about inevitably shape our destiny."Let's take this down to the reality of a managing partner. What do you focus on and worry about? If your answer is everything, you are filling your mind with too much stuff. No one can worry about everything. However, there are a handful of things you should be worrying about when it comes to the health of your practice.

Refuse to fill your days with all those other worries. This is easier said than done, but there are ways to focus on what is truly important for your firm and for you. That's why I firmly believe that managing partners, more than anyone else in the firm, need to have specific goals that are shared with the firm's other partners and family members.

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