In this first “official” podcast, I introduce what a Conscious PIVOT is all about. I discuss how the constant need for innovation today requires us to be able to pivot well in every aspect of our lives. I then delve into the critical elements of a successful pivot, including the importance of the 360-degree view, the relevance of self-actualization to business mastery, saying goodbye to the status quo, the necessity of being offense-minded, and more.
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Intro To The Conscious Pivot
Constant innovation is the key to creating sustainable success. Sustainable is the key word there. What is innovation? Innovation is the reinvention of something in a progressive forward-moving direction. Therefore, the ability to reinvent or to pivot is critical to long lasting, sustainable, and meaningful change and success. Pivoting gives us the ability to make a 360 degree turn and to create 360 degrees of vision. This podcast is dedicated to increasing our vision so that we can increase our impact in the world and to create 360-degree vision and to be able to see the opportunities surrounding us on all sides. A successful pivot is therefore a conscious pivot, one which we use this 360-degree capability to expand our awareness, our awareness to create an even greater vision. With greater vision comes greater impact for ourselves and for the world that we are creating around us. The conscious pivot requires a more holistic approach to innovation and performance, and there are several elements that we’re going to be discussing.
One of them is the relevance of self-actualization to business and to personal mastery. It is our individual journey to becoming the best possible version of ourselves that leads to mastery in our lives. It leads to mastery in every area of our lives that we’re involved in. If we want to be more engaged in our business or we want to create more money in our lives, we want to create better health, and we want to have better relationships, it’s all going to revert back to, are we doing the work ourselves? Are we doing the work on ourselves to be able to manifest something greater in our results that show up for us in the world? That idea that our own self-actualization leads to the things that we truly want, to our piece, our prosperity, our health, it leads to love, it leads to all the things that we want more than anything else, which is for us to be happy. Relevance of self-actualization and how that translates into all the results in your life is key.
The second principle is the purpose of being purpose-driven. More than anything, it is so important that we are purpose-driven and that we are driven by some reason. Napoleon Hill has an amazing book, Outwitting the Devil. It’s a book that he wrote in 1937 it wasn’t published until 2011 because his wife and his family thought that if it was published during his lifetime, he’d be assassinated. A very controversial content in the book, because he puts many of the institutions of our modern world under indictment. He calls them to task, including religious organizations, public organizations, and governmental organizations.
What he says in that book is that people have an inability to plan their lives, that 98% the people in the world at the time that he wrote this book were failing in some way. They were unhappy, unfulfilled, not prosperous, struggling, and in pain even because they had this habit that he called drifting. They could not formulate plans that were purposeful. They had no intention and no purpose to create plans and to achieve something, therefore they lacked they lacked the ability to achieve anything, because they lacked that ability to plan purposefully. The purpose of being purpose-driven is another key element to the conscious pivot.
Throughout the sessions that we’re going to be doing together, I’m going to be bringing in certain guests. I’m going to be sharing my own view points, my own experience. I’ll even share some things, books that I’ve read and things that have changed my life to be able to create this more consciously designed life where I’m calling the conscious pivot. The third element is saying goodbye to the status quo and saying goodbye to mediocrity. Status quo is mediocrity, and mediocrity is an epidemic in our world. People are so committed to keeping things the same and to maintaining safety. My conditioned mind doesn’t work any differently than yours. I crave safety, I crave security, I crave things to be predictable for me to know what it will be like tomorrow, next week or next year. That is a recipe for suffering.
The law of the universe is that everything is in constant change. It’s a dynamic universe that we live in. To crave something that is antithetical to what the basic structure of the universe is not only foolish, but it’s also painful. The greatest thing that we can do together is to say goodbye to the status quo. Say goodbye to mediocrity, and welcome change. My wife, Randi, reminds me often, in any situation where there’s change and there’s change constantly, there are some changes that we like and some changes that we don’t like. They could be political change, they could be changes in your job, changes in your business, Randi will always ask, “What is the creative opportunity? Write that question down, ask yourself that question. Ponder that question, because there’s this freedom on the other side of that question, where you were you asked it and then you begin to allow spirit to guide you toward answers. What is the creative opportunity? That is a mindset that is offensive.
The fourth element was the necessity of being offense-minded and not living life on the defense, which is very similar to defending the status quo. Many people are living life just not to lose. Somehow or another they want to make sure they don’t lose at the game of life. They don’t want to lose the game of money, they don’t want to lose in the relationship, so they play things safe. They play on defense. If you play the game strictly on defense, can you ever win the game? Can you ever win the game if you play strictly on defense? The answer is no. You’ve got to be able to score points and score runs.
In life, when you are playing safe and when your conditioned mind is wanting to keep you safe and keep you the same, you’re playing those areas of your life very much in a defensive way, and you cannot win when you’re playing on defense. That question of what’s the creative opportunity is very much a question that is forward thinking. It is about the future, about things manifesting in your favor, about abundance, about opportunity, about infinite possibility, about infinite creativity, intelligence, and guidance. Those are the principles that Napoleon Hill was writing about and teaching about when he wrote the book Think and Grow Rich and when he wrote the book Outwitting the Devil.
The fifth element is how failing faster and succeeding faster are related subjects. Most people going through the school system when you were a kid, you realize that failing was something that was unacceptable. There were consequences that that came out of a failure. You got a D or an F, you’d get grounded or you’d get you get hit. There was corporal punishment, and there were consequences in school. You were ostracized, you felt stupid, and people might even make fun of you. Even the teacher might make fun of you and you might be bullied. There was a consequence associated with failing. What I’ve found in my adult life is that this is exactly the opposite mindset and skill set that you need to succeed.
I talked about what it takes to innovate, to be able to iterate new things in the world, and to be able to thrive because thriving is a byproduct of your ability to reinvent yourself, your business, your marketing and your sales. To reinvent your own personal way of seeing things and seeing opportunities in the world. What works against that is the training and the programming that we all have received some time when we were very little, that to fail was wrong, and that to fail would bring with that failure other negative consequences that nobody wanted. It has trained and ingrained and programmed most people to try to win, and if they can’t win, then they want to make sure they certainly don’t lose.
That’s where most people are staying in their lives, the idea that if I just play it safe or if I just try not to lose, somehow or another I’m going to get to the end of the line safely. Is the goal of life to get to the end of your life safely? To be safely dead? It sounds like a hyperbole, but isn’t that what many people are striving for? To get safely dead? The idea here is to learn how to fail faster. It’s not even so much about failing more often, although I believe that you must fail more often. The most successful people that I know are the people that have failed the most often and they’ve then gotten back in the game. Whether it’s in a business that didn’t work, they found a new business.
In the business that wasn’t working, they pivoted and changed the business model so that that particular business had a chance to survive or chance to thrive. For example, YouTube, when it was just in its inception, was a video dating site. That’s how it was started, as a video dating site. We know that YouTube is not a video dating site, had they kept that concept had they wanted to just play it safe and try to somehow be right. That’s another pastime of the mind, is to be right, because when you’re right you’re safe. It seeks to be right and it seeks to be safe, but the idea is the opposite. It’s not that you try to be wrong, but that you’re not attached to being right so that you can objectively evaluate what’s going on and pivot where necessary.
In that situation, you’re not pivoting because you’re reacting. You’re not pivoting out of fear, which is the underlying driver of all of these things that we’re talking about. It is the underlying fear that somehow if we fail, if we make mistakes, and if we’re wrong, that we die. That’s the ultimate consequence. When we were kids, the fear was, “It will go down on your permanent record.” The ultimate thing that we were scared about was getting hit by our parents are punished by our parents or embarrassed in school and in class, and that somehow it was going to end up on a permanent record. As we go and grow older, that’s no longer the fear. The fear in us is a fear that somehow we will be annihilated, that we’ll lose our money, that we’ll be destitute, that we will be thrown out of the tribe, and that ultimately our mistakes would even lead to our demise, so we try very hard not to fail. You must be willing to fail in order to succeed. You must be willing to fail big to be able to succeed big.
Oftentimes the universe is very interesting and maybe even has a twisted sense of humor when it comes to this, but oftentimes the people have great big visions to hold out in the world are often people that experienced massive failure in their life. Not because the vision that they have is wrong or that it’s wrong to have a big vision, it’s that in order to achieve a great big vision, you’ve got to be willing to have a great big failure as part of that process or many failures even, to learn the lessons. To learn as many times what doesn’t work is as valuable as learning what does work. In fact, it’s more valuable to know what doesn’t work or what you don’t want in life, as it is to know what does work and what you do want in life.
It’s important that we realize that failing faster and succeeding faster are related topics. The next element is serving in the marketplace. What does it mean to serve in the marketplace? At the root of all that we are looking is the core responsibility that we are serving some greater purpose in our lives. That we’re serving some greater purpose in the world, because when we’re talking about service we’re talking about serving ourselves. We’re talking about serving our families. We’re talking about serving our brothers and sisters that are out there that are waiting for us to share our precious gift so that their lives can be empowered, be better, happier, and healthier, because we’re living to serve.
The next element is right thinking and decision making. I’m going to share some of my own personal rituals. Some of them are spiritual rituals that are focused on what it means to create right thinking.
How do you cultivate spontaneous right thinking? Thinking that is right, meaning right thinking that leads to right decision making that is spontaneous. You don’t have to consciously think about, that you do unconsciously, but you do it in a way that is always exactly how you would direct it to be in your highest conscious state and in the highest state of your true self. What would you have happened? What would you decide to do? What would you want your outcomes to be? How would you reverse engineer that outcome back to your mindset and to your thinking?
It’s that right thinking that we can teach ourselves and that we can train ourselves and that we can practice. I’m going to share with you my own practice for right thinking, and that will hopefully make a big difference for all of you. It’s made a huge difference in my life. I still am a work in progress and needing the reminders all the time. It truly is a work. It’s a constant vigilance, hour to hour, day to day, week to week. I’ll share what I do to practice, because practice makes permanent. Practice does not make perfect. We are perfectly imperfect. What’s great about practice is it makes permanent. It makes the things that you practice and the rituals that you create to consciously practice become habits at a certain point. Once they’re habitual, you don’t have to think about them anymore.
The last element is taking conscious action. I was walking with a friend of mine and we were talking about some of the challenges that are going on, challenges in our business and in our personal lives, just sharing from a very transparent and vulnerable state with each other what’s happening in our lives and even talking about our kids. One of the things that we were talking about is how important it is, not only for ourselves, but in how we model for the world and how we model for our kids. If you have kids or for the rest of the world whether they’re related to you or not, how do you model for them the ability to take action from that place of your higher self? That you can take action from a place that is not coming from a fear based mindset.
Fear is the greatest debilitator of the human spirit. My own work involves just staying on a path of being tuned in and present to myself that is able to observe my lower self. When I’m in my lower self, my true self has the capacity to observe that. At that moment when I’m in observation of my lower self, I transcend my lower self. I go into the gap, as Deepak Chopra would explain, where I can experience spirit. Where I can experience the divine. Where I can be guided to better ways of looking at things and better decision making.
When I’m not in my higher self and I’m not in observation, I’m not on the path. I’m being run by my conditioned mind. I’m being run by my mind that craves certainty or crave security. I’m run by my mind that’s fear-based, that is in fear of the present and in fear of whatever it’s in fear of. The greatest fear of fear is fear. The moment you begin to look at it objectively and you bring your light of presence into that space of darkness, the fear disappears. It’s like a bully. Bullies are terribly intimidating until you face the bully, until you stand up to the bully in which case the bully becomes the bully and the bully is a figment. It’s something that disappears. It exists in your mind. The moment you’re no longer afraid, there’s no longer anything to fear.
The moment there’s no longer anything to fear, you are standing in your truth. You’re standing in the truth of your true being and your higher self, and in that in that moment, there is nothing that is threat. There is no bully and there is no being bullied. That requires that concept of getting to that place where your heart is open and it’s not being shrouded in fear, doubt and worry. That is a state of bliss, divinity, and peace that passes all understanding. It’s serene and it’s beautiful. Each of us can attain to that state of being in a sustainable way. That to me is what represents our highest calling for ourselves and for our community.
It’s that which this podcast is dedicated to, to creating in ourselves the highest states of being. In that highest state of being, it is my belief and my profound understanding of truth and my belief that we extend that energy. We extend that to the world. It is our gift that we give the world. The love that we feel for ourselves is a love that we feel for the world and for our brothers and sisters in the world. It’s the peace that we give ourselves and that we allow ourselves to have is the peace that we extend to the world. It’s the gift that we give the world. It’s the well-being and the prosperity that we will allow for ourselves, that we will receive and be open to receiving, is the prosperity and the abundance and that we will give then to others. As we feel these things, as we have the beauty, as we have the happiness that we most desire and most want, that is our gift to the world.
That is my highest calling for this podcast. It is my highest calling for spending this time in these sessions where I will share some of my own inner work. The good, the bad, the ugly, the learnings, and the experiences that I am still vulnerable about and still sensitive to my own pains and the thorns that I still feel, as well as the people that I will bring in to help train, facilitate, and teach from their place of truth and authenticity. I am so happy, I feel so blessed that you have joined us here and that you will get so much value out of spending time exploring The Conscious PIVOT.
Your greater vision will lead to greater impact for yourself and greater impact for the world. In every way shape or form, your personal impact, your influence, your ability to serve in the business arena or in your career, and the prosperity that you will gain from that greater impact in the world, that’s what jazzes me up. That’s what I’m excited about, and that’s what I’m so blessed and honored to spend time working with you and speaking to you about.
Blessings to all of you. This is The Conscious PIVOT. I am Adam Markel. I love you. I wish you all the peace, all the prosperity everything that your heart could possibly desire.