The Power of the Pivot


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“All airplanes are off course 99% of the time. The purpose and role of the pilot and the avionics is to continually bring the plane back on course so that it arrives on schedule at its destination.” Brian Tracy

There are too many variables in life to devise a perfect, flawless plan. Unexpected consequences, good or bad, are the byproduct of taking action. No matter how well thought out a plan is, something invariably will happen that you did not and could not expect.

The self-made millionaires in my study all experienced unexpected consequences. They even learned to expect unexpected consequences. It’s just the nature of taking action. What makes these individuals so special is their ability to pivot when something unexpected happens. They don’t panic, they don’t go negative and they don’t respond reflexively.

They stop and think. Then they think some more. They keep thinking until they believe they have come up with a solid plan to respond to their changing circumstances. In other words, they make a habit out of pivoting.

Pivoting is the act of changing what you’re doing in light of new facts or new realities. It is the secret sauce to success. The most successful individuals are the ones who are able to pivot over and over again, while staying focused on their ultimate destination – realizing their dream.

You are the pilot of your life. Pivoting is all about changing what you’re doing in order to get to where you want to go. When you fail to pivot, your life will continue to be off course and you’ll never realize your dreams or goals.

Embrace those unexpected consequences and make a habit out of pivoting. That’s where learning happens. That’s where growth happens. Unexpected consequences force you to think, learn and grow. That thinking, learning and growth changes you. It transforms you into the person you need to be in order to realize your dreams and achieve your goals. Plan, take action and pivot. That’s the formula for success.






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Thomas C. Corley About Thomas C. Corley

Tom Corley is a bestselling author, speaker, and media contributor for Business Insider, CNBC and a few other national media outlets.

His Rich Habits research has been read, viewed or heard by over 50 million people in 25 countries around the world.

Besides being an author, Tom is also a CPA, CFP, holds a master’s degree in taxation and is President of Cerefice and Company, a CPA firm in New Jersey.
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