There’s a surreal sense of calm right now. The sun has broken through the clouds and the birds are chirping. But we’re expecting two storm fronts in just a few hours. The first, a warm front, will bring some storms. The second, a cold front, will cause the temperature to drop from the 70’s to the 40’s. A perfect setting for tornadoes. But right now, its calm.
I remember having a similar feeling in my first job as a development director. Every once in a while we’d be implementing a new idea or a new project. We would do all the ground work and prepare as best as we could. But I remember that feeling of excitement, apprehension and a little bit of dread as we waited to see the results. And each time, I would have to remind myself to keep breathing and take the next step. Sometimes against resistance in the organization’s leadership. And each time, we would see more advocates emerge, more donors, and an expanded opportunity to tell our story.
There was an alternative though – I could have stopped when I felt those feelings. I could have held myself back – and the organization I worked for – by giving in to voices that were expressing fear of change.
So the question is, are you ready to step out? Are you ready to give your clients, and your organization, a voice in the community? Are you (and your organization) ready to take a step into the community-wide conversation about the issue you’re addressing?
If not, what’s holding you back?