Pivoting is a word I have heard being used a lot lately. And in really cools ways, in my honest opinion.
No pivoting isn’t just a term used in basketball. Nor is it a piece of farming equipment-I learned that fun fact when looking for pics for this post! Making a pivot refers to making a big and/or small change in life that redirects your path in some way.
Since I am in a phase of life where I am doing a lot of pivoting, I felt it was a great time to write up a post about this experience and what a pivot looks like for me.
I look at hustling as a pivot. Why? Because engaging in various side hustles for me is a pivot away from my norm. It is also a pivot in a great new direction for me. Getting outside my comfort zone and diving head first into multiple things has given me new motivations as well as new passions. I look at my side hustles as pivot #1. Even though they didn’t necessary occur as my first pivot, they definitely are one of my most recent.
Let’s dive a little deeper into why I consider adding a new side hustle (or 2 or 3) as a pivot. For me, tackling what is essentially owning my own business is a major milestone and new direction. As I’ve mentioned both in various posts and on social, I have become a Poshmark reseller which is quickly becoming both a passion and a lucrative side biz.
A pivot in this direction has done numerous things for me. It has allowed me another stream of income, introduced me to a new community of great people, gave me added motivation and has become as I mentioned, a strong passion already. I look at this pivot as one in the right direction. Will I do this for years to come? Who knows! Will I slow down or dive even more into it? Most likely one or the other. Regardless, it has been a current life pivot that is working out really well. It’s a semi-small side step in a new direction which is turning in to what may be a much bigger pivot in the future!
Another pivot I’ve made over the past few months is warming up to the name, influencer. For awhile, I despised this name and what I thought it represented. I now see being associated as and/or called an influencer is not a bad thing but rather, a great way to add to my side hustles. I’ve pivoted into blogging (obviously) over this past year and along with that came the immersion into the world of social media. So really, this pivot is a 3 in 1 because it involves my new role as an influencer as it pertains to my pivot into blogging and social media.
Let’s start with blogging. As I’ve written in this post (and this one), blogging was something I always wanted to do but didn’t know where to start or if I should even try. Boy, am I glad I decided to pivot down this path. It has opened numerous doors for me while also becoming a passion. Blogging has given me a freedom of speech, a new outlet and a way to tap into the creativity I’ve had but didn’t always know how to express. My pivot into blogging has been beneficial in a multitude of ways and I am eternally grateful that I didn’t let fear get in the way of that!
The pivot into social media actually came pretty long before the one into blogging and definitely before ever embracing the title, influencer. My break into social media has been life-changing in several ways. Like the other pivots, it has become something I adore. It has become a passion and dare I say, it’s starting to become a bit of a strength of mine. I am nowhere near an expert but I am learning daily and really embracing the benefits that come along with it.
Social media like blogging gives me an outlet for self-expression and is even giving me access to opportunities that I would not have had otherwise. What I love most about social media though is the community! Blogging and becoming a social media content creator has thrust me headfirst into an amazing community of people with the same goals! It is a community I would not have virtually met otherwise and is one I learn from daily! Now that’s what I call a successful pivot!
Saying no is a HUGE deal for me! Like really big! I’ve always been that yes person whether it be at work, when someone asks if I can do them a favor, with my volunteer gigs and otherwise. But as time has gone on, I’ve realized that being the “yes” person has actually done more harm than good. So, I am making a conscious pivot. This isn’t happening overnight. It is something that I have been trying to do for the past 6-8 months or so. My pivot doesn’t mean that I am going to start saying no to everything. But it does mean that I am stopping to evaluate the things that I say yes to.
Does saying yes truly help someone in need? Will saying yes fulfill a passion or goal of mine? Do I have the time, ability and energy to say yes and commit to it whole heartedly?
These questions and others are now what is helping guide my decision-making process when it comes to saying yes or no. And let me tell you, it’s making a tremendous difference. I plan to do another post specific to this topic but for now, I encourage you to start pivoting and ask yourself why you say yes or no to certain things.
In conclusion, I don’t think there is a right or wrong way to pivot. Sometimes I think we pivot on accident while at other times, we purposely change course. Making a pivot doesn’t have to be some huge life changing turn you make. We make minor pivots every single day. The pivots I have been making are leading to new and exciting things and for that I am so thankful. I have embraced the act of pivoting and look forward to all it will bring!
Have you pivoted? Considering making a pivot or two? Drop a comment below and let me know your experience or thoughts on pivoting!