You’re probably hearing the term “pivot” a lot, and it simply means moving in another direction. With the current situation and our businesses, a lot of us are having to ‘pivot’ and try something completely new. Add a hint of urgency, a splash of financial pressure and changes to day to day life… it’s a recipe for challenging times. So, what do we do?
Throw ourselves into the next challenge.
Throw ourselves into the deep end.
Liam, a trainer at PopUp Business School, recalls;
If any of you have heard me speak at events, you probably know before PopUp I worked for a small insurance broker. I spent 3 years bouncing around the company learnings skills and the industry like the back of my hand.
However, joining PopUp was me diving in the deep end. I’d never worked in Project management or had so much freedom or even that much responsibility. I had to quickly learn how to swim and strive or go under. Along the way I learnt some lessons through my mistakes which I want to share with you now.
Here are five reminders that during these tough times, when we have to change how we run our businesses and dive in the deep end, will help us keep swimming and pushing forwards.
You're not the expert… yet
Whether you’re moving your business onto Facebook Live, or creating YouTube videos. Maybe even creating products to sell on an online store! Chances are you’re doing something that’s completely new to you. When we run businesses based around a passion and a skill, we are the experts in what we do. But we are now trying something we’ve never done before…
It’s okay to not be the expert at this new experiment! Remember back to when you first started learning. Did you walk into School an expert? No! We need to try these new things to make mistakes and learn from them.
It's okay to ask for help
Be damn sure you’ll need it! Remember YOU’RE NOT AN EXPERT in this, but someone else might be. We can sometimes feel like we need to prove something (either to others or even ourselves), when actually getting support can get the job done ten times quicker.
You’re never alone when it comes to running a business.
Do you have employees? No…
Do you have co-workers? No…
Do you have a community of thousands of other small business owners? F*ck yes!
Remember to reach out for support no matter how vulnerable it makes us feel – then offer that help and support back once we’ve learned it. The more we give the more we get!
What was this designed to teach me?
When something goes wrong, we have two choices in how we react. We can consider it a failure and decide that route isn’t the best thing to try. Back to the drawing board!
Or we can stop and ask ourselves – "What was this designed to teach me?"
Finding a learning in a mistake can be tough when we are in the moment and the red mist is in front of our eyes. But when you learn it, how much more you’ll progress and learn is invaluable!
Don’t give up if you fall down… figure out why you fell and try again a little differently.
One Step at a time
We know this isn’t going to be easy, and we aren’t experts yet. But we have a goal and that’s going to push us forwards! But actually, that goal seems really far away and is a little bit overwhelming, right?
The easiest way to eat a big meal is one bite at a time! First of all, we need to break down the task at hand into little bitesize actions. Be really specific! It may feel like you’ve now got 100 things to do, but you’ll be powering through them in no time. Just pause, break it down into little tasks, and then GET ON WITH IT !
Trying something completely new and pushing yourself WAY out of your comfort zone is really tough! You’re probably putting blood, sweat and tears into making this work and yet a lot of people don’t know how much work you’re doing. This sh*t is difficult too!
Make sure to reward yourself for the hard work – because nobody else will. Having to adapt, throw yourself in the deep end of the pool and learn to swim is monumental. You’ve got to feel the sense of achievement – celebrate it! Then use that positivity as rocket fuel to launch into the next task.