Here at Baylor Headquarters, we are working with a number of nonprofit founders committed to bringing their BIG vision to the world. They are ambitious and driven, and are committed to completing small, specific goals to create the change they want.
That being said, it's not uncommon for fear and doubt to creep in. Thoughts and questions such as:
1. Who am I to change the world for the better?
2. Am I really able to tackle this problem? It's so big.
3. I feel completely lost and overwhelmed about what to do. When I take small steps, it doesn't feel like I'm doing anything at all.
These doubts and fears are completely normal, and can be handled by asking yourself 3 important questions:
1. Am I willing to do what it takes to create the change I want?
2. What is required to create the change I want?
3. Do I have faith?
Let's deal with each question in turn:
#1 - AM I WILLING TO DO WHAT IT TAKES TO CREATE THE CHANGE I WANT?
In order to move forward, it is important to honestly answer this question. So many people go through life not following through on their dreams and desires because they are not willing to do what it takes make their dream a reality. The truth is, realizing a dream is hard work. It stretches us in unimaginable ways. When it comes to building a nonprofit, the challenge is the same. It is up to you to figure out the best way to tackle a problem, and to raise enough money and resources to make it happen. It requires endurance and creativity. It requires humility and vulnerability. You must be willing to do what it takes. Are you willing?
#2 - WHAT IS REQUIRED TO CREATE THE CHANGE I WANT?
In order to honestly answer the first question, one must first figure out what is required to create positive change. Nowadays, there are a number of resources to guide your steps. It's important to be relentless about finding out what you need to know and acting on the information you receive. Furthermore, flexibility and adaptability are required. As external situations change, how will you react to them? As a nonprofit founder, it's important to remain consistently curious about the next best steps, and to act on them.
#3 - DO I HAVE FAITH?
Yes, building a nonprofit is hard work, but you are not alone. By adding a mustard seed of faith, you open yourself up to the miraculous. We have so many stories at Baylor Consulting how nonprofit founders accomplished more than they could possibly imagine. They achieved this by working hard and never letting go of their faith. With a firm belief that they could create a successful nonprofit, they did.
Always remaining faithful to you and your powerful mission,
Erica & Bea