Knowing when to pivot

There is a popular saying goes something like ‘insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results’.

But what’s worth understanding is that sometimes you need to do the same thing over and over again.

Take meditation for example, it’s very rare that you get it the first time. It could take ten times, that doesnt mean you should stop.

Or, maybe you’re an artist taking your work to galleries, or a writer pitching to publications. Just because things don’t work out the first or 15th time, doesn’t mean you should stop. But, of course if you’re doing something that costs money don’t go broke trying to make things work.

I think it’s good to have the determination to keep going even when things aren’t working out.

But it’s also important to know when to pivot. The end goal doesn’t need to change but maybe your approach should.

Pastry and persistence

So, today I tried something new in the kitchen that involved shortcrust pastry.

My hopes were high but unfortunately the end result was pretty terrible.

I tried to rectify it but to no avail.

I found myself feeling a little frustrated because it wasn’t a complicated dish and I thought it was going well, until it wasn’t.

But once I got thinking I realised that it wasn’t so bad. I was lucky enough that there was plenty of other food in my house so I didn’t have to go hungry.

And then I moved on to thinking about what went wrong and what I could do differently next time in order to improve the outcome. I could roll the pastry thinner, I could cook the pastry for longer, I could use less egg for the filling or I could follow a recipe properly rather than just for the amount of butter and flour for the pastry.

The bottom line is that I tried something new and it didn’t work out how I had hoped. That’s something that happens a lot in life and I think the issue is that we consider it to be a bad thing when in fact it’s a normal thing.

It’s normal for things to not work out sometimes especially when it’s something you’re doing for the first time. It’s all just part of the learning process. And if you’re willing to try again, then there’s a possibility that things can get better.

Persistence, commitment and return

There are people that are incredibly persistent at what they do and they’re terrible at it.

I think about that alot when it comes to blogging because it’s something I started in 2011 which is quite insane because I’ve never really gotten much from it.

But one of the main reasons I’ve stuck with it is because I don’t really know what else to do with my writing. Plus I like the freedom of being able to write whatever, whenever.

With my lifestyle blog, I suppose I’d like to gain from it what all the other lifestyle bloggers do. But growth has been terrible and I’ve been finding it hard to do alot of things that would probably help my growth because I naturally play small and put myself in a corner.

But this blog despite being fairly new is growing (slowly but surely) and I don’t really play small here, the experience is unlike I’ve ever had in all my years of blogging.

Probably because I’ve committed to consistency and my focus is on posting daily instead of likes, comments and followers.