Tired of Being Stuck? Try Hopefulness Instead

yes no switchThis might surprise you, but every once in a while I come across a ‘no person.’ I think you may have met this person before (in fact I think I can occasionally be that person). But the trademark of this person is that, no matter what you say and no matter what you suggest, they’ve either tried it before or it won’t work for their group.

I know we all get to that place once in a while. It feels stuck and horrible and quite often we recognize that we’re there, but just aren’t sure how to move from that place into a mindset of hopefulness.

But the next time you find yourself in that place (and if you see me in this place I hope you’ll remind me), ask yourself: “aren’t you tired of saying no? What would it take for you to get to a place where you can say yes?”

Then, write a list of all the things you have in your life right now that you can be thankful for. Just this morning I wrote out a list of about 20 things in my life that I am grateful for. By reflecting on past blessings we can open up the door to thinking about things we can be hopeful about.

There are people (and animals and the environment) who need the help that your organization is providing. There are current and/or future employees who will be able to feed their families and pay their bills as a result of the ground work you are putting in to place right now. There are volunteers and donors whose lives will be changed as a result of becoming engaged with you organization.

They are depending on you. Don’t let them down.


Tired of Being Stuck? Try Hopefulness Instead — 2 Comments

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  2. Kirsten,
    We’ve all found ourselves in that place now and then, haven’t we.

    I often find, especially if it comes to fundraising, that the No may be coming from either a fear of doing or a fear of committing. Which are important emotions to work through — or find a way around.