I love new ideas.
They are carefree and exhilerating. They promise exciting advancement and change. They are cute and fresh. Those new ideas are quite a contrast to the old ones cluttering up my brain and filling my day with commitments and just plain work. New ideas are free spirited race horses which are a big contrast to the plodding workhorses I follow down the furrows each day. It’s no wonder when I find a new idea that it attracts me. New ideas are fun and free wheeling, full of the easy promise of the unknown. ‘What if‘ is so much more enticing than putting in the work.
So you can see my problem.
I get diverted easily. A new idea penetrates my skull and I’m immediately ready to dart off in persuit, abandoning my plans and commitments. It’s amazing that I make any progress doing business on the web where there are so many levels of technical complexity to either master or ignore. I stumble along alternating between complete bewilderment and stunning overconfidence changing course along the way any time I find a new idea.
I call it pivoting.
So when the topic of pivoting came up last Saturday, I could relate. I’ve become a master pivoter- not in the sense that a business guru might appreciate where you cooly appraise a situation with all its complexities, evaluate the alternatives and twist your perspective to gain an advantage.. With me, it’s more looking at my hopeless situation and seizing the nearest escape route. The problem is the premature identification that the situation is hopeless without actually doing the work and implementing the plan. Rather than moving steadily forward and making progress on my plan, I am always looking for the shortcut or escape route. I want the quick fix; rhe instant success, the perfect plan. I don’t want the tedium of putting the pieces in place and resolving the details. When the going gets tough, I look for something easy. I pivot.
Right now I’m torn.
Should I master the path I’m on or shift the focus. How can I tell differentiating a new direction from quitting a bad one. Nobody yet has produced a cookbook for blog success- and I’ve spent some money looking. Nobody can tell me what will work for me and I have proven that imitation produces fakes. Do I shake things up and follow some new ideas or plod on hoping to master my current plan. What constitues success? How long before my planning and work pays off? Am I making progress? Am I in a dead end or a dip? I’m getting impatient.
New ideas, I hear you calling.