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Episode 57: Remembering WHY Keeps You Going

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It looks like the pandemic is still around and we’ll be affected by it for a while longer. School is supposed to start, but will it? Did you go on vacation or was that put-on hold?  How are you handling your days? 

As a nonprofit leader your focus is usually on the people you serve, your donors and your volunteers. But in this crazy time, have you gotten distracted by masks, going virtual, or all the other distractions?

It’s a stressful time for so many people - and it might be a really hard time for you too.

It’s fire season and my husband who is a wildland firefighter isn’t home much, which is hard for me.  But it also means I get to watch whatever I want on TV… so I’ve been watching a lot of Hallmark Channel. Hallmark Channel has their Christmas in July thing going on where they play Christmas movies throughout the month of July.

Watching all these Christmas movies reminded me of an episode of this podcast from last Christmas where we took a step back and reflected on the people you’ve helped.   In times like these, it’s helpful to remember all the good that you’re doing, how many lives you’ve helped make better because there are a lot of reasons to feel anxious or uneasy these days.  It’s easy to feel like a spinning top that won’t stop. It’s easy to compare yourself to others and do what it seems like everyone else is doing. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed to the point of asking, “What’s the point?” 

Now is not the time to give up. It’s time to remember and then decide what’s working and what’s not.

Remember the people you’re helping. Remember your “why.” Remember why you got started. When you know deep down why you’re on this mission, your courage begins to shine through. Then you begin to look at things in a new way with faith and hard work and start moving forward. Memory and imagination work together to create new things, a brighter future for you, your nonprofit, and the people you serve.

I just want you to take the next few minutes and listen to this episode from last Christmas. It will help you remember why you do what you do and inspire you to keep bringing good into your part of the world.

Enjoy… Merry Christmas in July.

If you have any questions – I’m right here for you! Ask away! Send me a message on Facebook or Instagram or send me an email and I’ll happily write you back with an answer!


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