Erin Gerner | Overcoming Overwhelm

Erin GernerErin Gerner is an attorney-turned-life coach who now has her own practice, Erin Gerner Coaching. She helps female attorneys break out of the toxic legal narrative, redefine success, and build a life and career they love. 

In her early twenties, Erin landed her dream job at a law firm. However, she soon felt overwhelmed, anxious, and burned out. After seven years of legal experience, she redirected her career path to show others that their jobs are more than working the most billable hours, more than burnout, and more than feeling overwhelmed and overworked. 

For the past five-plus years, Erin has been diving into her own personal development journey and helping others achieve clarity, awareness, and purpose to live abundant lives. She’s been featured in podcasts and publications, including GOSS Magazine, Voyage Dallas, and Influence Digest

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Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn: 

  • Erin Gerner explains why she left her law career to become a coach
  • What’s the difference between stress and burnout?
  • Erin’s advice to her past self: it’s okay to choose a different path, and it’s going to turn out better than expected
  • Four questions to ask yourself when you’re feeling overwhelmed
  • How to embrace the ebbs and flows of life — instead of focusing on the perfect work-life balance
  • Erin shares productivity tips to avoid overwhelm
  • The power of intentional action and a positive mindset
  • Erin talks about the life-changing concept of giving yourself permission

In this episode…

Overwhelm and burnout are common themes in the legal industry. Lawyers often feel they need to do everything at once, which can be paralyzing and hinder the path forward. What can lawyers do to avoid this overwhelm and gracefully manage the ebbs and flows of the industry? 

Coach Erin Gerner says that although life in law will always be hectic, the right mindset and tools can mitigate overwhelm and help you thrive in all areas of your life. The first step in this journey is to take intentional action — even if it’s just a small step. One exercise Erin suggests is writing out your entire to-do list and choosing your top priorities each week. This way, you can focus on your most value-driven goals without stretching yourself too thin.

In this episode of The Lawyer’s Edge Podcast, Elise Holtzman is joined by life coach Erin Gerner to talk about actionable steps for avoiding overwhelm and fostering change. Erin shares the four questions to ask yourself when you’re feeling overwhelmed, advice for lawyers who are feeling lost or burnt out, and tips to shift your mindset and welcome change. She also speaks on the topic of coaching and how it can keep lawyers accountable to their goals.  

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