I saw a great blog post this morning from a former coach of mine, Andrea Lee.
“If you have been complaining about not earning enough money for more than one month – not earning enough money isn’t really an emergency for you.”
Translated for the nonprofit world, it means if you’ve been complaining about not raising enough money for more than a month, it must not be a problem.
Because if it was REALLY a problem for you, you’d do something about it.
Think about it: there are lots of things we tolerate: a broken piece of office equipment, a slow computer, a volunteer who isn’t quite working out but we don’t want to have to fire them. We put up with it for months longer than we should.
A true problem or emergency gets our attention and we do something about it, fast.
Back to fundraising. Are you raising enough money? And is that a real problem or are you tolerating it?
This is some tough love, I know. But here’s the thing: the time you spend complaining about the situation is a waste.
How about instead, make an action plan and go DO something about it.
You’ll be much more productive with your time and you’ll likely see things start to happen.