Occupy Sanity Tool (OST): Pivoting

I have a friend who introduced me to a concept called pivoting that I’m now cultivating as a new practice in my daily life. Before I explain further, let’s review:

The Definition of Pivot

Noun: the central point, pin, or shaft on which a mechanism turns or oscillates.

Verb: turn on or as if on a pivot.

Synonyms: rotate, turn, revolve, spin, swivel…

A Lesson On Pivoting From Netball

My initial experience with pivoting came from learning about a game called Netball from a friend. The sport began in England in the 1890s and by the 1960s it gained enough interest to create an international federation. As of 2019, there are 70 national teams throughout the world.

Unlike its cousin Basketball, the players are not allowed to dribble or bounce the ball. In fact, players are not allowed to move their feet with the ball, rather they can only PIVOT to find another teammate open to receive the ball.

As my friend and former Netball player noted, that requires a great deal of coordination between the body and the mind as the ball carrier remains in place while choosing the teammate closest to the basket and of course, the ‘goal’.

I began to wonder how this action could be used on a daily basis to better manage the negative side of my mind. I started experimenting with pivoting.

My Experiment as a New Practice

Sometimes I wake up with the first thought in my mind being ‘Oh Shit! Another day’. After that comes the barrage of thoughts like ‘Oh! How awful that I feel this way! What kind of person am I for thinking such a thing? There are people worse off than me…etc., etc.’

That avalanche of thoughts darkens my mood even more, which of course can adversely influence the rest of my day. Plus, as a believer in the Law of Attraction, I have learned that I attract what I put out there!

As I continued to observe my mind, I decided to implement a new practice. When I noticed I was being negative about ANYTHING I used it as a signal to stop, and pivot that thought from thinking/speaking about what I don’t want to what I do want, and even more importantly why I want it.

In the case of waking up with negative thoughts I pivoted myself by saying: ‘Wow, this IS a comfy bed. Still, I’m looking forward to getting up and having my first cup of coffee because this is one of my favorite times of the day’.

Other examples of pivoting I’ve used:

1. I don’t have enough time to do everything I want to.

  • Pivot: I want to feel like I have the time to do the things I want to do because I’ll feel less stressed.

2. I hate this traffic!

  • Pivot: I want to feel that traffic flows freely for me because I would feel more relaxed during my commute.

3. I don’t have enough money.

  • Pivot: I want to feel abundant and that I have more than enough money because I will feel safe and secure.

Pivoting as a Way to Raise Your Vibration and Get What You Want (Bonus!)

The act of pivoting also shifts my energy to a higher frequency which is part of attracting more of what I want. As Abraham Hicks notes:

“A very simple process of pivoting would be to say: ‘I want to feel good.’ And if you will offer that, then thoughts will begin to come to you on the positive side of the equation. And as one thought attracts another, attracts another…you will very soon be vibrating at a frequency that is in harmony with your greatest knowing.”

As I continued to use this tool, I discovered that whenever I focused on the positive statements, I felt a slight shift in my vibration and to my surprise: RELAXED. It is from that place, that connection to my ‘…greatest knowing.’ (aka Higher Self) that all things are possible.

Give pivoting a try on…well…EVERYTHING. I’d love to hear about your experience.

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