What's Your Pivot for 2018?

"How limiting beliefs hold you back while pivoting can improve reaching your goals"


What is one thing you would have liked to do, complete or accomplish last year in 2017, that you didn't? What stopped you?


For many, the common barriers include limited time, not enough money, other people, changing priorities or one of numerous other reasons your plans got sabotaged. Although these reasons can and often get in the way of goal success, the primary challenges and reasons we don't reach our desired goals often come from our own limiting beliefs.


Limiting beliefs are those which constrain us in some way. As is described in ChangingMinds.org, "a key way by which we form our beliefs is through our direct experiences. We act, something happens and we draw conclusions. Often such beliefs are helpful, but they can also be very limiting." Over many years of work, education, personal relationships and life experiences we form a variety of beliefs some of which inevitably become limiting to our beliefs which impact reaching our goals. Without checking the assumptions often formed from our limiting beliefs, our perceptions develop in ways that are quite often unconscious to our thinking but exhibited through actions, behaviors and interactions with others.


These limiting beliefs can come from habit, fears, environment, group or team dynamics to name a few. For example, if early in your career you've worked in a highly ineffective team where conflicting views and discussion got in the way of team success, you may come to believe teams will always function like this. Without checking this further, when you are later asked to launch a new team, you might focus on minimizing any discussion which involves a degree of conflict to the detriment of finding improved solutions and gaining team buy-in.


If not reflected upon, explored and validated, limiting beliefs hold us back from goal success in our personal and professional lives.


Through a coaching approach, clients almost always gain some level of awareness as to what limiting beliefs they hold and how these might be impacting self in relation to goals. This usually leads to developing "pivots" in how they attain their stated goals. Pivoting is much more effective than throwing out thoughtful goals simply to replace them with new goals which can force a restart of the process requiring large-scale and often overwhelming personal change.