Michelle Sukow's 3 Biggest Pivots

I’m ending this month’s topic of the Power of the Pivot by sharing some of my biggest pivots with you. They’re the pivots that led me to where I am today. And while they might not have been fun or easy, they got me to this amazing place I’m in now. 

Pivoting to Choose Divorce

My most significant pivot of all was choosing to file for divorce. That choice was the absolute hardest decision I’ve ever had to make. At the time, I couldn’t have imagined that it would ultimately be the best. Today, I look back and know with 100% certainty that filing for divorce was the most important change I could make for myself.

I loved my ex-husband. But I didn’t love his behavior or the way he treated me. Finally, I realized that it wasn’t up to me to fix it all. It was up to him to make those changes, but he chose not to. To give myself the life I know I deserved, I knew divorce was the pivot I needed.

Choosing to divorce my ex wasn’t a decision I took lightly. But I found the strength to do it. That strength carried me through challenging times, and thankfully, I’m on the other side of that situation. The people who love me treat me with respect. My life is free of chaos and drama. It’s easy for me to find happiness. It’s just there. I see happiness all around me, and I embrace it. 

From my experience, I want you to see that even if a pivot is the hardest thing you’ll ever do, it’s what you need to get where you want to be. Find the strength to do it — I know you can.

Pivoting to Strengthen My Inner Circle

Making changes to my inner circle is another major pivot I’ve made. I wanted to make sure that I surrounded myself with people who are good for me and who are supportive, kind, and generous like I am. I had to pivot and decide to remove some people from that group.

During my biggest struggles, I needed people who would build me up, help me, and not take advantage of me. Removing people who weren’t positive helped me create the strong support system I have now. I’m grateful for that pivot because I’m confident that the people I surround myself with want the best for me, just like I do for them. 

Now, my inner circle is made up of people I love and trust. I know I can be myself and tell them anything. We have each other’s backs. And while removing people from that group might have been hard, it was a pivot that made my life so much better.

Pivoting to Take Over Ownership of My Businesses

I've learned the importance of pivoting in business

There is a lot of pivoting that comes with running a business. Still, my biggest by far was becoming the sole owner of my businesses. 

I put changes into motion that made my businesses more successful. And you know what? We’ve created a fantastic work culture along the way. Now, my team communicates wonderfully. I’m so proud of everyone I work with at my businesses, because they’re playing a part in building a more positive and encouraging atmosphere.

I know many people didn’t think I could handle being the sole owner, especially in the industry I’m in. But I’m doing it. My team and I are working together to create an amazing place to work. And while pivoting to take it all over on my own hasn’t been easy, I couldn’t be happier or more proud of my team and what we’re accomplishing together.

You Can Pivot, Too

I’ve made a lot of pivots, big and small, in my life. These are just a few examples of the ones that got me to the happy and positive place I am today. I want you to embrace the pivots in your life. Know that you can pivot as many times as you need to find the right path to your happiness. 

I’d love for you to share some of your biggest pivots. Leave me a message, email me, or leave me a comment on social media. I hope that talking about pivoting this month has inspired you to make pivots in your life. And if you need someone to encourage you and support you in those pivots, you know where to find me.

Live your best life,