Day One: Plant

Off we go! Today’s focus is on the Plant stage of the Pivot Method: doubling down on what is already working and identifying what success looks like one year from now in your chosen focus area. These are the known variables of  your pivot, and will set the foundation for all that follows.

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Plant Stage Tips

  • The most successful pivots start from a strong foundation of your core values, a clear understanding of your strengths and interests, and a compelling vision for the future.
     
  • Ignoring your existing assets and looking too far ahead will leave you working hard but stuck in place.
     
  • If your mind jumps back to what isn’t working or what you don’t want throughout the exercises, ask what the opposite would be. What do you want to aim for instead?
     

Reflection Questions

  • For your sprint focus area: What does smashing success look like one year from now?
  • What is currently working best?
  • What can you drop or delegate?


Action to take today—choose one of the three (or make up your own!)

  • List 10 types of tasks or projects that make you feel most “in the zone” where you lose track of time
  • List 5 of your biggest strengths; what people come to you for most often?
  • Write a detailed description of your one year vision, as if it’s already happening


Optional Template Exercises to Jog Your Thinking

  • Ideal Day Madlib: Fill-in-the-blanks to articulate what your ideal day looks like.
     
  • Financial Modeling Template: Side-hustlers and solopreneurs, get a bird’s-eye view of your business model, and identify baseline expenses. It includes simple financial modeling tables to map out potential income sources, such as the number of clients needed at specific rates.

 

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P.S. Don’t forget to tweet your #PIVOTsprint progress with the hashtags #PIVOTsprint and #nextmove! For a complete guide to planning your pivot, check out PIVOT: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One.