The Self-Instruction Pivot Practice

with Aviv Shahar

April 13, 2023

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How do we update our perception self-view, and behavioral operating system? How do we pivot and rewire from reacting to our desired chosen response?

The Self-Instruction Pivot practice demonstrates an agile way of spotting incidents where we are not applying the updated version of ourself. It helps us retether to our chosen response. The practice summons us to witness our behavior, and free ourselves up to even be amused rather than terrified by an old, outdated critical inner voice. In this place of witnessing we are empowered to turn setbacks into development and self-evolution opportunities. We then frame a self-instruction code in a story we create, to inspire and remind us of our self-authoring choice. It’s both liberating and powerful.

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  • 1: Clear a physical and mental space for listening
  • 2: Settle and center yourself where you sit and follow the story of the recording.
  • 3: Experience that moving through a situation, with full awareness, may allow new learning.
  • 4: Find your own pivotal moments and form them into a story with an effective and pithy self-instruction.
  • 5: Realize that we are the painters of our own portraits.
  • 6: Instruct yourself to catch yourself in real time and empower yourself to pivot from an undesired to a chosen response. Codify the experience with a self-empowering story. A tip related to the examples in the recording: Do not negate or fight negative self-talk. Be humorous and agile to redirect the energy into your chosen behavior.

Learn to witness yourself responding from a lesser part of you, to not identify with it, and instead insert a self-created reminder that you always have another option.

Aviv Shahar

Aviv Shahar

Aviv Shahar

Aviv is the Founder of Aviv Consulting, helping leaders unleash strategic innovation, and is the author of Create New Futures: How Leaders Produce Breakthroughs and Transform the World Through Conversation.

Visit: Aviv Consulting