When reaching new milestones in your business, you’ll spend a moment celebrating, then the next challenge presents itself that seems even more grand and further to reach! Short lived celebrations for a milestone that may have taken you months or years to reach. Interrupted by inevitable, unplanned changes and you’re forced to pivot. This is the reality that when in business, you are constantly learning, and your business will continue to test you. There is no end destination, and the day you decide to be an entrepreneur is the day you’ve committed yourself to life-long personal development.
Now let’s paint a picture, you are making strides in your business, you’re checking all the boxes, you are ambitious and committed to your work. But then an unforeseen event happens that puts a stop to everything and shakes up all your hard work. You sink into doubt and the overwhelming emotions come swelling in. You become absorbed by the what if’s, the missed opportunities, or the ‘doom’ that you believe is inevitable.
Take the time to reflect on this: Have you thought about how you’ll react when faced with change or challenges that may threaten your business? Did you calculate what that will look like or even include any mishaps in your goals or game plan? —— Likely not.
Change is inevitable, but it’s how you react and respond to it that matters.
- Here are 3 P’s that can keep you grounded when faced with change.
- 1. Process
- 2. Pivot
- 3. Persevere
“The journey is the destination. The process you’re in is the goal. Success is never defined by the outcome but by the process.”– P. Young
Processing the situation and allowing yourself to feel these emotions is key. Be mindful of your emotional reaction, acknowledge it, breathe and then make an informed decision on how you will act. The mere act of you taking time to process is important because this moment will propel you into your next stage with confidence. Processing is the pivoting point.
“A pivot is a change in strategy without a change in vision.”– E. Ries
The meaning of pivot, is leaning into future possibilities all while remaining in a stable place; the center point. The center point is your vision, your foundation and mission. When you are grounded you keep the vision in mind and consider the lessons you learned and the facts about your business and its environment. So when you are standing at the center point; you can pivot to where the action is with informed and confident decision making.
Imagine a compass, your vision is the magnetic needle that aligns you, while the dial will turn when there is a change in direction. But your vision, the needle, will lead you in the right direction. When you deter away from your vision, the weaker your compass becomes and the further you move from the direction you need to go.
Pivoting is not redefining or recreating, but simply requiring you to take action with integrity. Pivoting will put you in motion towards a new idea or growth in a direction you may have never imagined.
You processed and defined your pivoting point now it’s time for you to persevere. Perseverance is refusing to allow unforeseen challenges to shake you. Instead, you are looking for ways to move forward and act on it. It’s having the courage to accept what you cannot change but moving forward with what you can change. Accepting the challenge in persevering against change itself is powerful, usually wonderful things happen with change. Change can open the door to new opportunities and growth, all while transforming you in the process.
“Transformation is a process, and as life happens there are tons of ups and downs. It’s a journey of discovery – there are moments on mountaintops and moments in deep valleys of despair”– R. Warrern
Feeling like you don’t know the answers is normal. But you should have the feeling of not knowing every so often because it means you’re growing instead of staying comfortable and complacent.
When you’re faced with change, keep the 3 P’s in mind; process it, pivot and persevere!