Pivot points are those challenges and/or moments we face throughout our lives that cause us to take inventory and consider which direction to head into next.
Pivotal moments are usually those times when we are faced with a great loss or the potential of something that could lead to causing us pain.
- Birth of a child.
- Death of a child (yes, we experienced that).
- Job loss (yep, that too).
- Marital breakup.
- Mid-life crisis.
This list could go on and on.
When we are faced with a pivot point, we are forced to make a choice. How will you interpret the experience? Catastrophe or opportunity? Now you have to make some decisions on what to do next. That choice will lead you to the next pivot point. Life takes so many turns, there is no way to predict where you will end up.
It’s like when I was a kid and we would all load up in the car. Dad would start driving and we would each take a turn on which direction to take next. We never knew where we would up! Could be the countryside and enjoying the scenery or could be the local dairy for ice cream. Somehow, I think Dad managed to have us choose the “right” direction!
Like life, it was more about the journey, not the destination. There was excitement in not knowing where we would end up!
In your business.
Think about this like “chunking”. Your business is one area of your life. Looking at that, it too has pivot points.
Let’s say you are in marketing. In years past, it was about pushing your message out to the masses. Then along comes social media and not as many people or companies are looking for print ads or TV commercials. This is the time of attraction marketing. You have reached another pivot point in your business. Will you give up and walk away or will you do what it takes to shift your focus to the new way of doing things?
Your business is like each component of your life. Each comes to different pivot points at different times.
What will you choose?
- Will you treat every misadventure as catastrophe or opportunity?
- Will you accept that the result is because of your choice, not what someone else did or said?
- Are you willing to let God guide you in making your choices?
We are all given free will. With that comes the responsibility for your actions. Yes, “stuff” happens. It’s what you do when you reach that pivot point that makes all the difference.
This video has a great piece on this subject. Amazing how much of a parallel there is between business principles and the bible! Listen to how Carey Nieuwhof explains Pivot Points.
Make it a great day!
P.S. What am I thankful for today? I’m thankful for open minded people. I’m thankful for every new opportunity. I’m thankful for the support of friends and family.
What are you thankful for today?
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