We’re at the time of year where everyone is (even if they say they aren’t) counting down. It’s August and if you set goals for yourself at the start of the year, you know this time of year is crunch time. But don’t freak out. Celebrate your progress. Whether you reach one or all of your goals you’re in a better spot than you were a year ago.
If you’re looking at your goals and thinking you want to make a change or see an area of your life that you want to do something different, it may be time to PIVOT.
When I think of the word PIVOT, I think of that episode of Friends where Ross is yelling this word annoyingly at Rachel and Chandler as they try to move a couch up the stairs. It’s hilarious and one of my favorite episodes.
What if we want to PIVOT? Sometimes it’s the small tweaks and changes that are the hardest. There’s nothing drastic about this type of change in our lives and that can be why most of us don’t know where to begin. If you’re at a loss on how to make your own pivot, here are 5 tips to help you get started.
#1 Acknowledge Your Bear but Stay Positive
Fear is a hater. Seriously, it’s always showing up when we’re doing something that’s good for us or that will pull us out of our comfort zone. Acknowledge the fears you’re having is the first step to helping you make the pivot. The best way to do this is to write them down. Write down all those what ifs, doubts and fears that you have about making this pivot. Then next to those fears write down all the positive things that will come when you make this pivot.
#2 Identify Your Road Blocks
You know you best so ask yourself, what’s going to hold you back? What’s going to be your biggest roadblocks to making this change? Is there a habit or routine that needs to change? Once you identify these things, it will make that pivot you want to make a little easier.
#3 Be Flexible
It is rare that anything goes according to plan. If you are someone that always has your plans work out you are truly blessed. Now, if you’re plans don’t always go the way you want, hoped or thought, it’s ok. It’s just a call to be flexible. Keep where you want to go in your mind and be flexible with how you get there. Sometimes we have to do things we never thought we’d do just to make the changes we need to make.
#4 One Step at a Time
Making a pivot can be overwhelming. If it’s outside of our comfort zone, there will be a lot of new things, processes and steps to take just to make that pivot or change. The best way to ensure that overwhelm doesn’t consume you is to take things one step at a time. Yes, change can be exciting but if we do too much too soon or quickly, our chances of making that pivot and sticking with it could get hard. By taking small steps (figuratively and literally) we can eliminate the overwhelm that can come when we pivot.
#5 Be Patient
We live in a time of instant gratification. But nothing changes that fast. Making a pivot can be hard and take time. Be patient with yourself and the process. You will get there but give yourself the time to make this pivot.
I know a lot of these steps aren’t going to be new to you. Consider it a reminder or confirmation of what you already know. I’m right there with you as I’ve been making my own pivots this year in all areas of my life and business recently and these steps have been helpful for me too.