Thursday, January 02, 2014

And the word for 2014 is...

I played basketball for one year in seventh grade. (To be truly accurate, I played in A Basketball Game for 10 minutes or so in my seventh grade year.) So when my husband told me that the business buzzword of 2014 would be "pivot," the first thing that came to mind was Ms. Mitchell, my junior high basketball coach, yelling from the sidelines, "Pivot! Pivot!" 

Pivot. "To spin about a central point."  It sounds jargony. And lingotastic. And just vague enough/specific enough to have all the right qualities for a good buzzword. 

And the more I think about it, the more I like what pivot stands for: 
-to be both rooted and moving
-to have a core, an anchoring point, and yet always searching for new opportunities
-to seek out team players

To pivot means you're in a good position, but you are rotating to find a new perspective. To pivot is to see the same spot from many points of view. I am blessed in so many ways, and I feel centered (Usually! For the most part!) by these blessings. But like most folks, I could use a fresh perspective. I could be both rooted and rotating. I could seek out exciting new ways to do what I love, to search for avenues of improvement, to scan my surroundings and be AWARE. 

I could pivot. 

How about you? Care to share your word for 2014?