Ever had one of those days? You know the kind I am talking about. One of those days when it seems that everything you touch turns to… something icky? It happens to everyone time and again, once in a while. Less frequently now than ever before for me, because I learned a really cool tool for keeping myself from traveling down the road to gloom.
In basketball that means to keep one foot in place while holding the ball and moving the other foot one step in any direction. So now, when I find myself faced with a series of things that aren’t looking so good, I pivot. I don’t have to go far, it doesn’t take that much effort, and I get a different perspective.
Instead of seeing more of what I don’t want (the kind of day I’ve been having up until that point) I know have the power to shift my focus, pivot and ask myself, “What DO I want?” (Usually it’s something decidedly more positive than what I have.)
I have trained myself to look at negativity – what I don’t want – as “contrast”, so I can use it to help define what I do want. You see, once you know what you don’t want, it’s easier to figure out what you DO want.
It’s an amazingly useful skill.
You get what you focus on – so use the power of the pivot to shift your focus when you don’t want to get more of the same old thing.