Have you been thinking about your career path and goals for this year? Feeling a little stuck on how to advance from your current position? Sometimes all that is needed is to re-frame our mindset to make real change happen.
In her book Pivot, Jenny Blake talks about the different types of career changes (making a Pivot) and the “aha’ moment in reading her book was that you don’t have to make a career move to make change happen. Instead of thinking about not having a choice where you are-forge your own blue ocean and create a far reaching plan that really stretches you. Here is a little wager- you will attain the New Year’s resolution goals in the process.
5 Steps to planning your next Pivot
1. Plant-this is the idea that you need to figure out where you are currently on a scale of satisfaction before taking action. Write down (it helps if you do it on paper) what your ideal day would look like if you could do anything- start to end how would you spend your time? What did that feel like? Here is a link to templates to help you journal core values and take you to your happy place.
2. Scan-Once you have the foundation from the Plant exercise, it’s time to look around you for support. Find the right people, skills and opportunities that will take you where you want to go. This is when a mentor and sponsor will really help. You can also use these resources.
3. Pilot-one of the easiest things pitfalls in making a change-is to think your idea is brilliant and take action without vetting the idea first. This step is so important and will validate if your line of thinking is going to take you to where you want to end up. All the people, connections and conversations you built up in the Scan process will help you here. For easy to follow steps go here.
4. Launch-Now it is time to make your move. And this move can be an internal one-so often people think if they want to make a change they have to leave the company they are currently working for when in reality your current place of work may be the perfect way to launch your big idea. This a biggie-move past the fear of the unknown and to help try out these preparation lists to get you pumped up and take action.
5. Lead-If you have reached this step-you are fully on board with the idea that your pivot-stretched yourself, helped you to spread your wingspan and do something. Now what? It is time to share your experience with all the great people you have met along the way. You have the power to help others-not only set goals but crush their plans and achieve unimaginable growth. How great is that?
Do you have a big idea but weren’t sure how to implement it? One of the biggest lessons is that you don’t have to go from 0-10 the first day. As Gary Vanyerchek talks about-go from 0 to 1. Take that first step and don’t set a new year’s resolution, make a pivot plan and great things will happen!
Share below how a Pivot could help you reach your goals in 2017.