My decisions factor context, rationale and emotion, but once I’ve made a call I’ve been very okay (almost too okay) pivoting in another direction. This style of pivoting with my gut–I’m not sure it’s the best way to make decisions.
There are a few reasons why.
I want to ensure integrity for my decisions and my ability to make decisions that promote confidence.
The integrity of a decision is dependent on your ability to stand with it. Making a call and pivoting dimishes the integrity of decisions. There are many situations where this is flexibility and is needed, but too frequently calls to question the integrity of decisions and your role as a decisionmaker.
Decisions and consequences provide data.
When you make one decision and stick with it the consequences are more recognizable. Consequences are tied back to those decisions. Everytime you make a singular decision it is easier to learn from, process and each adds value back to future decisions. Pivots tie multiple decisions together and muddy coorelations.
There are good reasons to pivot.
New data, new information and new circumstances are the reasons our decisions should readjust. Today’s decisions aren’t forever. New information calls to question old decisions. Today is today. Tomorrow is tomorrow. Building a business has taught me to focus on getting by today. Dealing with life has taught me to that surving the moment is the most sure way to get to the next moment.
There are bad reasons to pivot.
Uncertainty. Worrying about outcomes, not knowing if your call was the right one, dreaming the worst of the consequences, not wanting to deal with consequences and not wanting to be patient enough to stick it out and wait for the consequences. These are not amongst the best reasons for pivoting. These are all emotional triggers for changing decisions. It can suck.
Making the calls that get us through this moment to the next-that’s important. Sticking with those calls for as long as it makes sense, that matters too. Patience, young jedi. Patience.
“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.” Steve Jobs