Michelle Sukow shares why you need to pivot in life.

There are a lot of reasons we need to pivot in life. It’s not always the easiest thing to do, and making changes is hard. I know! But pivoting is an amazing way to switch paths and discover success and happiness. 

If you’re dredging away down the wrong path and not getting the results you want, this blog is for you. Today, I’m sharing why we all need to pivot.

Getting Out of Your Own Way to Pivot

One of the biggest reasons you need to pivot is when your path isn’t serving you. How do you know you’re not on the right path for you? No matter how hard you try to make yourself happy, you’re not finding peace or satisfaction. When the way you’re living your life isn’t giving you the life you want, it’s time to stop and pivot.

It’s easier said than done, that’s for sure. And we’re usually our own worst enemies. Even I have to remind myself that I need to get out of my own way! Maybe it’s because I’m headstrong and resistant to change. Or, I don’t want to feel like I’m giving up. The thing is, pivoting isn’t about giving up. It’s about finding a better and more efficient way to get the results you want out of life.

For years, I continued down a path I should have pivoted from. So. Many. Times. 

I would tell myself, “If you just do this, or try that…” I convinced myself that things would get better. I was headstrong, and I kept thinking that if I worked hard enough, things would change on their own. And guess what? They didn’t.

Your path is what it is. You can’t change the way your life is going until you do something differently. That’s why you need to let yourself pivot. Getting out of my own way and allowing myself to explore a new path is the best thing I’ve done for myself. When I chose a different path and worked just as hard for what I wanted, I found the happy life I wanted.

When The Path You’re On Isn’t Meant For You

Another reason to pivot is when the path you’re on isn’t necessarily meant for you. You might think you’re doing what you should be doing in life. Maybe you’re busting your ass to make it work for you. But no matter how hard you try, it’s not the right journey.

Pivoting from the path you’re on lets you find one that’s meant for you. For me, the path I thought I was supposed to take was my marriage. I tried everything I could to be the good wife I thought my husband wanted me to be. I accepted my life for what it was, and I never felt the happiness, love, or respect I wished for in a marriage.

That path wasn’t the right one for me, so I had to pivot. I chose a different path, and in the beginning, it was challenging. But once time passed and the emotions settled, it became so clear that this is the path I was meant to be on.

I’m so grateful that I pivoted from my wrong path and found the one I’m on today. My new journey lets me help others. Life isn’t always easy, but finding my gratitude is. This new path I’m on isn’t as difficult to maneuver as the old one was, and I don’t have to work so damn hard to be happy. It comes easily to me now.

Pivot to Restart, Not Start Over

I know many people think pivoting is starting over, but I don’t see it that way. To me, pivoting is a maneuver that changes your direction. It’s not starting over because you’re using your experience and knowledge in a real way. When you restart, you take all you’ve learned so far and carve a new path for yourself.

I’ve restarted a few times, and I’ll tell you, it’s a mental game changer! No one wants to “start over” and feel like you’re wasting all your work so far or that it was pointless. Restarting sets you on a different path with a new mindset. You’re going to work hard, learn from what you’ve experienced, and make better choices. Restarts are fantastic if you can embrace them for what they are.

So, the next time you experience a significant change in your life, and you need to pivot, I want you to think of it as a positive event. Consider a pivot the same way you would buying a new home. You’re not giving up the memories of your old place. You’re restarting in a new home that suits you better. Embrace the pivot because you need to do it for yourself.


We all need to pivot from time to time. It’s inevitable if we want to move forward and be our best selves. Even though pivoting means giving up your way of doing things and facing challenges, you need to do it. Just remember to get out of your own way, find your new path, and restart–not start over. The life you want and deserve could be just one pivot away.

Live your best life,