Taking a Step Back and Making a Difference

Sometimes the answer is right in front of our nose. And sometimes it’s much more simple than we try to make it.

Have you heard the story about the team who worked for months on trying to develop a pen that would write in space? A lot of time and money was spent on these efforts. Another team, in another part of the world was also faced with the challenge of astronauts who needed to write in space. Their solution was much more simple. They just used pencils instead.

If you’re in the nonprofit world, I have to believe your goal is to make a positive difference in this world.

Really – why else would we be here? We’re a bunch of passionate people who often manage to step on each other’s toes. We get frustrated by too few resources to help too many people.

But there are children who are hungry, families who are homeless, people who want to learn but have too many obstacles in the way. We’re there to help.

Except when we’re not.

What’s getting in your way of having the impact you desire? What’s between you – and you helping all the people who need your help?

Is it volunteers? Is it community awareness? Skilled workers? Or is it money?

Sometimes when we take a step back we can see the forward more clearly.

This week I encourage you to schedule at least thirty minutes to sit and think. Don’t try to do anything else. Just think.

Then please, come back and share your insights with the rest of us.

I look forward to hearing from you!

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