Staying Motivated

Working in fundraising is all about staying motivated by your mission to help your cause. As I have spoken about in other posts sometimes you hit a wall and you have to keep pushing. Raising support for your organization can have some really great moments but it also takes a lot of personal will when things are not going the way you would like. Here are a few things I do to stay motivated.

  • Talk with one of your clients or program staff and get a story about your organization from them. This is a great way to reconnect to the mission (see Great Donor Stories).
  • Take a walk, grab a cup of coffee, or say a quick prayer. Anything that gives you a break from your daily work and allows you to take a deep breath and refocus. I often get so bogged down by the details that it helps to clear my head and then reengage.
  • Take a Lunch. This forces you to interact with other co-workers and get away from your desk.
  • Keep a paragraph from a favorite book or a verse of scripture at hand that reminds you why you do what you do.
  • Have a quick chat with a co-worker. If you like your co-workers take a couple of minutes to hear from them about their work. This can help you see momentum in other fundraising areas and, if you like your co-workers, is a great way to improve your mood.

Do you have any tricks or tools you use to stay motivated? Let me know I’d love to use them myself.


One Response to Staying Motivated

  1. Elain Evans says:

    Reviewing my work plan seems to motivate me. I like that by the year end our plan is dog eared and used – and some of those reviews are simply to get everyone fired up to come good on all we promised to achieve.

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