Change can seem uncomfortable because we often see it as overwhelming. After all, when other people change, they seem to do it in a big way. I’d argue that it is more likely that we didn’t see all of the steps they took in making that change. It was hair growth, not a makeover!
As you contemplate and test drive ideas, you will naturally move into preparation. In preparation, we assess our base to determine the starting point for our first pivot. Planning that first pivot is the second part of the preparation stage. Don’t get too caught up in making big plans at this point. I don’t advocate trying to plan your entire major life change at this stage.
Think about it as a river crossing. If you try to plan the whole thing, you will never leave the safety of the shore.
I prefer to view plans for change as stepping stones. I know I can cross the river by stepping on the stones. I can’t see all of them from where I am, but I can see my first steps. Once I take those, I will be able to see a few more. And then a few more.
Each pivot happens from a place that I’ve assessed. Sometimes I might try one that dead ends, so I backtrack.
Essentially, preparation and action are simultaneous steps. You repetitively assess, plan, and act.
I advocate this approach because I see two dangers with making detailed plans. The first is that we spend far too much time planning and not enough time beginning the first pivot. As well, because we can’t build a plan for every circumstance, we can get stuck trying to follow a plan that isn’t flexible.
We don’t want to be caught up in following our plan. We want to see and respond to opportunities as they arise. Remember that life will bring Future You opportunities that you can’t see now. If your plan is too detailed, you might see obstacles and miss opportunities.
If you know where you are and have an idea where you are going, you start. Pivot from by taking an action that moves you closer to where you want to go. Then assess where you are and pivot again. Remember that I mentioned I disliked the name ‘action’ for this stage? We do not TAKE ACTION singular; we take actions that lead to our major change.
As we pivot from stone to stone, we eventually cross the river.