Just as any other business venture, Do-Gooders need to work on developing a plan of action that can get you clear on what you want to do, keep you focused when other priorities seem to complete with your goals, and can help you communicate your goals to potential funders and supporters. You need a good, well-thought out Strategic Plan!
It can be very frustrating to know that you’re called to do something Good for the world, but aren’t sure where to really put your energy. It’s sometimes hard to know where to start.
To explore the Good that is in you, and to discover ways to bring it to the world that don’t involve throwing everything to the wind and trusting completely in the Law of Attraction and affirmations to lead the way (great as those things are!), you first need to get away from the “finding your purpose” thinking.
Getting your first grant or major donation is an important milestone on your path to doing Good. But how do you get there? How do you take those first steps?
First, you need to understand how grants and donations work. The organizations that fund non-profit work are not sitting around with “free pots of money” looking to just dole it all out to a good cause to get it off their books. Not even close, unfortunately.
There’s nothing more wasteful than a lazy strategic plan in a Do-Good organization. After all the time, energy and love you spent trying to get it produced, your Strategic Plan should really be able to at least do its job of making the running of your organization easier! Wait…you didn’t know that your Strategic Plan has a job to …
When you are on a journey of finding your true Good and bringing it into the world, there are lessons for you everywhere. The whole world has things to teach you about how to become what you need to become. My car and I are definitely working in partnership now, and when I get stressed or in a hurry and revert to my controlling-self, I stall or shift badly and my car shouts at me to get my act together.
Up until the age of 26, I was a very “steady-eddy” kind of gal. I never got into much trouble, I didn’t go far from home, and I was extremely responsible. My whole life, people told me that I was mature for my age because I was the type that was ready to settle down by the time I was 18. I had a house, a bit of land, two cats and a steady office job before I was out of college. It was important for me to follow the beaten path and carve out my slice of the American Dream as soon as possible.
Imagine my surprise, then, when one day I found myself on an airplane, on my way to London, England. To get married. To a guy I had met less than a year before. And had only spent a matter of weeks with in person. I had given up everything I had – sold or given away all of it – and decided to move to another country and start a new life.
Nearly 13 years later, I can honestly say that that big leap of faith, trusting my intuition completely, was the best thing I have ever done.
Doing Good Things takes a lot more out of you than you might think. There are some whole days where I can’t do anything but stare at a television, having to remind myself to breath occasionally. Sometimes I don’t leave my house for several days in a row. Not every day, thankfully! But these periods of non-leaping ahead seem to …
You want to get busy doing your Good. (I get that.)
You have a sense of urgency, waking you up at night, reminding you that you have a lot at stake with this new venture, new business, or new idea. It’s too important to fuss with all the business-y stuff. (I’ve been there!)
You believe so much in the Good you can do, and so much faith in the universe’s ability and desire to support you in doing your Good Works, that you just want to Get. On. With. It. You’ll figure it out as you go. (Hey, trust is essential. No argument here!)
So if all of this is true, what’s the point in planning? Why spend time, energy, and potentially even money on developing a plan that might never happen?
If you’ve had these thoughts (and most of us have!) you’re missing out on the point of planning, altogether.
This week is all about the power of collaboration! Tracy Coan and I are collaborating to bring you the Do-Gooder’s Soul-Family Round-up – a very unique and collaborative retreat-style event being held in 10-13 October 2013 in Glen Lake, TX. So it seems only right to dedicate a bit of blog space to the idea of collaboration, partnership, and the …