It is easy to begin and finish something when you know when the end will come, but the difficulty comes into play when there is no set limit to how long something will take or when you will actually get to the finishing point. That is often what happens when you are conducting legal research. Searching for a simple case or law does not require a lot of time, but if you happen to be researching on a topic that is unfamiliar to you or a complicated topic locating the necessary information can present a challenge to even the most experienced researcher.
There are no set in stone rules on how to research effectively. The best researcher is experienced at combining the correct words to locate on point cases, but when there is little to no case law, rules, or statutes on a topic the best laid out research plan and word combinations can become useless. In order to locate pertinent information for a case it can be difficult to determine where to start which can not only prolong a research project it can cause the most savvy researcher to lose focus.
Can you use some pointers on how to always find what you're looking for? Simply focusing on the end result will not only help with procrastination it will also minimize the time that it takes to figure out what it is your looking for.
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Have you ever attempted to accomplish a particular goal to discover that no matter how much or how long you worked you never quite seemed to reach the mark? At times you may have determined that all the effort was not worth it and considered giving it, but your desire to see the goal to completion never allowed you to give up completely. No matter where you are in life or how far you have gone in your career at some point you will reach this point.
The thought of quitting may provide some temporary satisfaction, but that nagging feeling in the back of your mind will nudge you to keep going further. This nagging feeling unfortunately does not provide you with the solution to how to reach the goal so you assume that doing more of the same thing is the solution to the predicament.
It is not how much of something that you do that determines whether or not you will reach a goal but taking the right approach. Consider when a person wants to become a neurosurgeon and he or she may need to complete a residency in order to become a licensed doctor. The fact that this individual goes to medical school and works day in and day out dissecting frogs does not mean that they will become a neurosurgeon. Matter of fact if this individual continues to spend all his or her time dissecting frogs they will never accomplish their ultimate goal of becoming a neurosurgeon.
There is an approach that will work for accomplishing every goal. The right approach may not be as simple to discover as the example provided, but even if the approach must be created there is an approach that will work. When you have been doing the same thing over and over again and are not seeing the desired result consider whether you need to apply a different approach to what you are doing.
Skills like muscles can atrophy by underuse. How you hone your skills is important to how well your career will develop overtime. It is never useful to be stagnate and to assume that what worked for you yesterday will work for you today and in the future. There is no better way to enhance your career, instill confidence in your abilities, and put yourself on the trajectory for a raise or promotion than to enhance your current skill set.
Skills can be enhanced a variety of ways including learning something new simply by doing it. As the saying goes practice makes perfect. Consider when you first learned to ride a bicycle as a child. When you first learned you may have used training wheels or where even a little wobbly, but as time went on and you no longer allowed the fear of falling to keep you from getting on the bike your once wobbly bicycling advanced to riding longer distances, turning curbs, and maybe even popping a few wheelies.
Don't let your career go stale challenge yourself to enhance your current skill set or maybe even try learning a new skill.
From jobs and careers to social and relational challenges occur in every aspect of life. It is always important to remember that challenges do not come to stay. It is not possible to be defeated by any challenge when you know that you can overcome it. No challenge that you ever face will be able to defeat you if you approach it as if you are undefeatable. It does not mean that you will never be fired, never experience set back or loss, but what it does mean is that whatever comes your way you are well able to not only cope with it but to overcome it.
Overcoming a challenge and coping with a challenge are two entirely different things. Coping with something means that you have resigned yourself to dealing with it whether dealing with it is healthy or unhealthy. On the other hand overcoming something means that you either remove it, correct it, or push it to the side. For example, coping with a bully means that you avoid going to the areas where you may face the bully, succumb to the bully, or complain about the bullying without directly challenging the bullying behavior. This is not only counterproductive it oftentimes heightens the same behavior that you may be trying to avoid. In this same scenario overcoming this issue would require facing the bully and making it clear that you will not tolerate the behavior, remove the person's ability to bully (moving to another department, reporting them to someone with higher authority with the intention of not only complaining, but with the intention of having the person reprimanded, or ignoring them). Bullies thrive on the attention that they receive from their behavior. When you ignore it and swat it off of you like you would a gnat the impact that they are seeking will be lost.
Triumphing over challenges requires facing them not merely ducking and dodging real issues. A mind set on overcoming will always allow for the attainment of personal and professional goals. Nothing will hinder you if you decide before the challenge arises that you will overcome it.
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