So you want to ‘pivot’ but you don’t know how!

We’ve all heard the term ‘pivot’ alot lately, which isn’t really anything new…

It’s just that more people are thinking about how to do it right now as a result of everything that’s been going on.

But in my experience, one of the biggest challenges with trying to ‘pivot’ is that if you’re not clear on where you’re headed, then it can be confusing to figure out how to get there.

And that’s because knowing what you DON’T want…and knowing what you DO want are two very different things.

Knowing what you DON’T want e.g. your current scenario, while it might no longer be viable (or comfortable), is still the thing you’re most familiar with so it’s often easier to focus here i.e. better the devil you know!

Add to that the fact that from a young age we’re all trained to problem-solve as our #1 strategy for fixing things and it’s not hard to see why most of us take this approach.

But there’s a better way…

Because the truth is that what you’re really seeking when it comes to pivoting is a momentum change, which is also why it’s more challenging than other types of change i.e. it’s always more challenging to turn the ship around then to decide to go left or right

Did you know that professional racing drivers are trained that when they start to lose control of their car and it’s veering off the track towards the wall…that the best thing they can do is to steer AWAY from what they fear the most i.e. the wall by re-directing their attention back out onto the open track?

Or in other words, they’re trained to focus on what they DO want (life) – versus what they DON’T want (death).

And it’s the exact same principle when it comes to pivoting, which means that rather than focusing on whatever’s not working now, you need to train your focus towards your new & improved situation i.e where you want to go

But there’s a catch…

Because you might not be 100% clear on that just yet, but remember this is not so much about setting goals and trying to reach them…that’s still problem solving!!!

So what you’re really looking for instead is a way to change your perspective so you can define ‘the shift’ you’re trying to make – and that’s more about visualising the open-track!

And then you’ll need to train your focus to start stepping into your new vision for the future as if it’s already happening NOW!!!

Want to get creative?

Try writing yourself a letter from the future where everything you could possibly imagine has already come to pass. Take out a pen & paper and write to yourself (5 years from now) to describe everything that’s happening including how it feels, who’s there/who’s not, what impact it’s had on you/your family etc.

Or a more practical approach is to picture yourself achieving something you REALLY want (that makes you feel super-excited) and imagine how you will feel AFTER you’ve achieved it.

And in both cases, once you start to create this new type of clarity about what you DO want (versus what you DON’T want) you will create a new point of reckoning and then you can ask yourself ‘what’s one small step I could take today to move me ever so slightly in this new direction?’

And then guess what?

You’ll be pivoting!

Nicola x

ps. and if you’re ready to pivot and you’d like some help, please reach out via the links below as this is one of the things we work on in my 12-week intensive where we work together 1:1 to help you to re-align with your purpose and transition from your current scenario to whatever’s going to be the best fit for this next stage of your life!

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