3, 2, 1…Pivot

Hi there,
“Pivoting is not the end of the disruption process, but the beginning of the next leg of your journey.”
Jay Samit, Disrupt You!: Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity, and Thrive in the Era of Endless InnovationI love this word “pivot”!  I first heard it being used in the business context when listening to Vusi Thembekwayo speak at work.  If you have not heard of him, i highly recommend that you get hold of his videos on YouTube.  He is a brilliant speaker and i just love the way his mind works.  You can also start here: http://vusithembekwayo.com . I digress but i have to admit, like most women, i am a sucker for a good looking guy and if he has a brain that happens to fire on all cylinders…well, i am putty in his hands.  If this dude wasn’t married, I would probably be a groupie …lol
Anyway, moving right along…  at the beginning of this year, I realised that I am a bit frustrated with certain elements of my life. I had made certain decisions over the past 5 years that might have been the right thing to do for my son and I at the time but I have rested on my laurels and didn’t reassess those decisions or my environment often enough to understand when a change or tweak was needed to keep moving in the direction of my goals.  What’s important though is that I have now recognised that change is needed. I have started identifying new ways of doing things that will get me to my goals.
 The source of my frustration was that I felt like I had lost control of my finances (and let’s not forget what a control freak I am😜)  Don’t get me wrong, I am not broke but I have stopped growing my asset column in my balance sheet. I am not getting any closer to making my money work for me and am slogging for my money in the “rat race”. I was very disappointed in myself.
I could and, at some point did, blame the company I work for for this inability to afford the things I wanted and the people in my life but it is not true. In “Rich Dad Poor Dad” Robert T Kiyosaki’s rich dad tells him: “If you think I am the problem, then you have to change me. If you realise that you’re the problem, then you can change yourself, learn something and grow wiser.” He then goes on to say:”…it’s easier to change yourself than everyone else.”  I would add to that that it is also more rewarding.
So I have pivoted. I have started changing the way I do things.  It will take time to undo the damage that I have done. There will be a delay in achieving the goals I have set out to achieve but that’s ok.
I have also damaged a relationship that was very important to me. This is the hard part because I blamed this person for my mistakes and took my frustrations out on them.  Relationships are that much more difficult to fix but I will take it one day at a time, do what I can and leave the rest in God’s hands.
Before I leave though, I need to take a moment to just be grateful for what I do have for I have more than a lot of people and I have achieved it through my own hard work. So yes, I may have a taken a few steps back but I am by no means in a bad place and I am very proud of where I am in my journey. I encourage you to do the same ever so often. It creates positive energy that problems you forward on your journey.
Onward and upward (and don’t be afraid to pivot when necessary)
Have a great week!

Author: groundedafrican

Proudly South African mum to a bright and gorgeous young human. Employee. Life Coach in the making. Blogger. Fascinated with and passionate about people and helping them grow.

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