“Do not be afraid to turn in a new direction . You are inventive, and your circuits pick up on signals not all of us do. Utilize this in your life today.”
This was my horoscope yesterday. Hmm. Now to be honest, when I read a horoscope I like, I think great, but when I don’t like the predictions, then I determine that horoscopes are too “woo-woo” to be true.
As I read the horoscopes for other signs of the zodiac, several hinted at new ideas, new directions, or being in pure survival mode. Clearly the astrologist is in tune with what people need to hear right now.
But what if she is right, what if this is the time to think differently, what if this is the time to make changes? One thing I know for sure, the world is going to have changed as a result of this pandemic. The world we knew is not likely to return, and that is not totally a bad thing. With the slow down created by social distancing, we may find we don’t want to return to life in the fast lane, even if we could.
With the time we have at home, it is an opportunity to reflect, re-evaluate and revise what we want.
It’s a time to pivot.
So how do you start to do that? Start by looking at what you currently do (or did) and evaluate what worked, what didn’t and what you enjoyed doing. The latter is important, because we want our work to bring joy.
Next reflect on what is going to be needed when all this is over? How could you help? How could you be of service? Who could you partner with to deliver the new product or service? Or how can you tweak what you currently do to make it more relevant? Or perhaps there is a passion you have always wanted to pursue as a business. This time we have to reflect on all this is actually a gift. In the past we have always been too busy to stop and ask ourselves these questions.
Having said that, I recognize that for many this is a luxury they cannot afford. Their basic needs like food and accommodation are at risk and that’s where their focus has to be. But perhaps that’s where our focus could be, both now and in the future, on helping others get through this situation to make sure they not just survive, but thrive.
What are you doing to pivot? Let me know, I’d love to share your stories.
Company of Women
I have had an eclectic career from running non-profit organizations and being editor of a national magazine, to working for government on women’s issues. In 2003 I launched Company of Women, an organization that supports women in business. A prolific blogger, I also write for the Huffington Post, and several other online publications. I am the author of five books on women and entrepreneurship, and co-author of Good Enough. Embrace who you are. Unleash your brilliance. which is available on amazon.ca In June, 2016 I launched Full Circle Publishing offering one-stop services to get your words out into the world.