Why A “Pivot” In Life Or Business Might Be Exactly What You Need!
Change throughout our lives is inevitable. However, it’s how you handle the change that actually matters. How do you know when it is time to pivot in life and/or business?
What comes to your mind when you hear the word “pivot”?
Most of the time most people associate the word “pivot” with struggling and trying to get away from challenges and difficulties in their lives…
However, the reality is that the ability to pivot in life can be one of the most enlightening, inspiring, and easiest things you have ever done in your life, even though it may not feel like it in the moment. Making a pivot in life means change, and change usually makes us uncomfortable by nature because we don’t know what’s on the other side of that change.
Sometimes making a pivot in life is the best thing you can do for yourself.
Many people will wear themselves out trying to stay in the same place in their life or business, because it was part of their plan. However, when things start to get in a rut, there is probably a much easier path you can take if you just allow yourself to look. A good example of this is to think about water. When water flows, it almost always takes the path of least resistance (where the water can flow with the fewest obstacles), and something we should strive to model in life.
Another reason why so many people don’t choose to pivot in life is because they come to the conclusion that “This is how they have always done it, and they don’t know any different”… However, little do they know that if they just make a decision to change, that decision could possibly open up their world in ways they never thought possible!
How do you know it’s time to pivot in life?
In a single phrase – “Self Reflection”
You know it’s time to pivot in life when things don’t feel or seem right. You are simply not happy with your current life, you feel stagnate, you have hit a plateau or your perspective about things has changed.
A lot of “inner knowing” comes from listening to our emotions, feelings, and intuition about what is happening to and around us.
This isn’t always easy for many though because we are taught from a young age to push down or ignore our emotions and feelings, and to not think about them. But, when they start bubbling up regularly, it’s very likely that it’s time for you to make a pivot either in your life or business or both.
The first step YOU have to decide, is where the pivot needs to occur.
The Internal vs. the External
It’s important to remember that your feelings are coming up because of something that’s happening INSIDE of you, NOT because something outside of you is happening . Now, it is very possible that outside events may trigger some of these internal feelings, but the reality is the issue is with HOW you are being affected by the outside events. Pondering this can really help you figure out if a pivot is necessary, and where it might need to happen.
These feelings are often a result of you feeling that it is time to do something else or that you are no longer happy doing what you have been doing. Your passion is changing making it the perfect time for a pivot. When you continue doing what no longer makes you happy, you are pushing against change. But, when you move (pivot) toward your passion, you are being pulled toward it and it feels good, right, and most importantly easy. Additionally, you have excitement when you think about what you will doing and who you will be spending time with. The excitement turns into joy. With joy comes momentum and that causes things to happen quickly and abundance comes back to you tenfold.Are you unhappy or feeling stuck? Maybe it's time for you to pivot! Find out why, how and when to make pivot in business and life. Click To Tweet
Therefore, pivots create excitement. Excitement creates joy. Joy creates abundance… and life becomes a lot more fun again.
The “Happiness Factor”
There’s a phrase I came up with a few years ago that I called my “happiness factor”. It was at a time in my life where I was starting over in life, and I decided to only say yes to things that made me happy. It was something that I would look at almost everyday and always keep it in mind. I made “happiness” my compass in life, and I encourage you to do the same!…
If something doesn’t feel good inside for whatever reason (logical or not), don’t continue to do it. Allow the pivots to happen and choose to look at them positively even if they have an unexpected outcome.
Pivots can come in all sizes, so they don’t have to be major life-altering events in your life. They can be as simple as deciding to drink the recommended amount of water daily, starting or increasing daily exercise, or committing to drink a green drink daily.
Even these small pivots like making a decision to spend at least 20 minutes a day talking to your friend can increase your happiness factor!
How do you actually start a pivot in life?
There are different ways to do it. First, you can just do something “cold turkey”. You simply decide you are done doing what you were doing, and decide to change (pivot) it. This is probably the most simple kind of pivot to execute.. You make the decision to do it and there is no going back, (although actually sticking to it may be a challenge for you depending on what it is).
An additional option is to make a pros and cons list of whatever you’re deciding on for a life or business pivot. Although I do caution you on this because doing this can be a double-edged sword, because seeing it on paper will make you look at it logically when sometimes it better to do pivots from an emotional place.
So, make sure you don’t miss out on something potentially wonderful and significant happening that could bring you massive joy, just because you looked at everything logically.
Think about the end result…what would life look like if you did or didn’t make a pivot? It’s important in this process to not think about the “how”. How things will happen is a completely different thought, and doesn’t belong in the decision if it’s time to pivot or not. The “how” will come if you truly follow your happiness factor. Your happiness factor is a lot of the how anyway. When you allow yourself to be pulled toward your passion, success in business and in life starts to follow.
“Pivots” are the action required to change your life!
Remember pivots are the result of internal feelings. You can blame the people around you and external events, but they happen as a result of how you think and feel. You choose how you respond to everything. So, you can continue to respond the way you always have, or you can choose to change or pivot those responses and reactions to get a different and hopefully better result.
A perfect example of this is when you decide to forgive someone for something they said or did and decide to surrender and move forward leaving all those bad feelings behind. This particular pivot can dramatically change your life and massively increase your happiness factor.
Now that you see the value of pivots and why you need them, I would love to invite you to join my 14 Day Breakthrough Challenge.
This live challenge will help you find any hidden blocks that are keeping you stuck, and it will help you find any areas in your life where a pivot might be helpful for you!
Breakthroughs really help you change the way you think about things and provide clarity for you. Click the link below to learn more and I’ll even give you a bonus video training called the “Breakthrough Series” as a free gift for checking it out!
I can’t wait to see you over there!!!