I’m Kate Dewhirst.

My team and I write about legal issues affecting healthcare in Canada.

Kate Dewhirst Health Law - bringing the law to life. Meet Kate (in 13 seconds)

Resilience: You didn’t fall off the horse. You are the horse.

Posted by

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines resilience as an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change.

In my resilience workshops for lawyers, I often hear participants refer to a metaphor that resilience is our ability to get back up on the horse that bucked us.

Yes. Resilience is partly that.

It reminds me of a childhood chant “If at first you don’t succeed. Try. Try again.”

Resilience is about our ability to reengage with the source of our struggle. The thing that knocked us down. To look our misfortune or change in the eye and try again. Resilience requires that of us. Yes, and …

What if we use another horse metaphor to prepare ourselves for change and misfortune and set ourselves up to succeed.

What if we think of ourselves as the horse.

A powerful tool I learned from Joe Polish’s Genius Network was the metaphor of the racehorse. It goes something like this:

If you invested in a $1,000,000 racehorse, how would you treat it?

You would care for your horse. Feed it nutritious food. Challenge it. Practice the course. Test it. Rest it. Love it. Find the right coach. Exercise it. Maximize its strengths and advantages. Watch for its weaknesses and offer support.

You are your $1,000,000 racehorse.

Your life and your legal practice depend on you. Your readiness. Your energy level. Your mental preparedness. Your strengths. Knowing your weaknesses and offering yourself support.

In the good times of your legal practice – the metaphor of the racehorse helps you think about how to “maximize”. What habits are setting you up for success? How can you do even more of that? Find a coach that can see your success and reflect back to you – “See! That there! That’s where you are shining.” Look for opportunities to improve even more. Rest to prevent burnout.

In the dark times of your legal practice – the racehorse metaphor may help you choose habits and actions that give you confidence. Refocus on energy-boosting action. This may also be a time to rest. To walk not run. To find a coach. To reach out for help. To gather new resources.

When life or the law knock you down – yes, find a way to get back on that horse that bucked you. And … remember you are the horse. Re-examine the habits, the tools, the practice, the coaches and the love that support you to continue to be a horse to bet on.

Law2Life Coaching is for lawyers who want to unlock fun in their life and work and expand their space, impact and creativity. Join the community here.

If you enjoyed this article please share it:

Previous and next posts from Kate:

Some of Kate’s recent and upcoming events

Free healthcare privacy webinar - ask me anything!
the first Wednesday of every month

Free webinars - advance registration needed

Whether you're an experienced privacy officer or new in the field, pick Kate’s brain for free for an hour, in this live webinar. No charge, but you’ll need to register in advance.

Health Privacy Officer Foundations training
April 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25 2022

For Privacy Officers within healthcare organizations.

This course focuses on how to become a more confident privacy officer and gives you the tools to document your privacy program. Full details and registration here...

Join the Shush: a collective of health privacy officers
Annual membership 2021

For Privacy Officers within healthcare organizations

This is an annual membership program that takes theory into practice and tackles real life scenarios to build Privacy Officer skills.
Full details and registration here.

Primary care webinars: Employment Law Update & Legal Issues for EDs and Board members

Part of Kate’s monthly webinar series.

Our November program will address harassment and in December we discuss privacy.
Full details of the 2022 webinar series and registration here.

Team Privacy Training Events
November 1, 4, 10, 11, 12, 22, 24 December 3, 13

For Primary Care clinics, Hospitals, Community Agencies, Mental Health Teams, Public Health Units, School Boards, Police departments

Kate trains health professionals from many more health care organizations how being privacy-respectful can improve therapeutic relationships. More details...

NEW! Ontario Hospital Association Professional Staff Credentialing Toolkit

2nd Edition is now available for managing physicians, dentists, midwives and nurse practitioners in hospitals Read here...

Free summary of all PHIPA IPC decisions

Want to read privacy breach stories to learn how to improve your work? We have summarized all the Information and Privacy Commissioner's health privacy decisions for you Download here...

Part X CYFSA Privacy Designate Course - video course online

For Privacy Designates in the child welfare sector including children's aid societies and indigenous children's well-being centres

We focus on how to implement Part X of the Child Youth and Family Services Act in your organization.
Full details and registration here.

Kate Dewhirst Health Law

Kate says:

My mission is bringing the law to life. I make legal theory understandable, accessible and fun! I’m available and love to work for all organizations in the healthcare sector across Ontario and beyond.

Subscribe to my mailing list and keep up to date with news:

Latest Tweets

[FEB 3 – WEBINAR SERIES] Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (ONCA) update Register now:… https://t.co/ndWcZ3Qp5E

about 3 hours ago

Join The Shush, my community for Privacy Officers in the healthcare sector. Develop knowledge, skills and judgment,… https://t.co/wA6ZJ51hMx

08:00 AM Dec 7th

I appreciate all the testimonials people give us. This one made me really proud. This is what we can do when we wa… https://t.co/WBeQwD8Bku

08:00 AM Dec 6th

contact details

P.O. Box 97010 Roncesvalles
Toronto Ontario M6R 3B3

(416) 855 9557