Week Three: Pilot
The primary goal of the Pilot stage is ignition and validation: generating ideas, testing them, then taking small, smart risks to eventually inform bigger decisions about what’s next.
Pilot Stage Tips
Pilots can be as simple as tweaks to your morning routine, personally rewarding such as spending time living in another country, or as ambitious as making a bigger career change.
A strong pilot should test the Three E’s: do I enjoy this? Can I become an expert at it? And is there room for expansion in the market or within my company?
Prepare to be wrong during the Pilot process. Oftentimes that “failure” or missed mark provides the next important clue.
What small experiments, related to my strengths, can I run in the next six months?
What small test can I pilot in the next week?
What one next action would make the biggest impact toward moving me closer to my one-year vision?
Action to take this week—choose one of the three (or make up your own!)
For your brainstorm lists above, break down the next steps into even smaller chunks. Add them to your to-do list and/or block off time on your calendar.
Choose one next step to take THIS WEEK.
Set-up a pilot challenge with a friend: what will you do by when, and how will you let each other know?
Optional Template Exercises to Jog Your Thinking
Travel Pilot Planning Template: Travel pilots are different from vacations in that they stretch us farther outside of our comfort zone to shake-up stagnant thinking. This template will help you brainstorm travel pilots and provides a framework for evaluating them based on factors like distance, cost of living, and time away.
Decision-Making Template: Weighing a big decision? Pro/con list not doing the trick? This template will help you break down fears/concerns and brainstorm next steps to move you forward.
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.