Just Get It Done!

Posted by on Mar 28, 2014 | 0 comments

Reposting a blog post from the past…hope you enjoy it!

I’m moving. And working. And stressing over both.

I’ve packed for 7 straight days. I just want to get it done.

As I was packing, while responding to business emails on my iPhone and scrambling to find 20 consecutive minutes to draft copy for a client, I realized that my current craziness is actually pretty normal for a fundraiser, or a leader, or a mom.

Aren’t all of our days filled with the critical tasks that must get done, the tasks that are the actual backbone of our professional efforts, and in between we field calls, answer emails and draft copy?

Fundraising is a whirlwind of thought, activity and production. It’s the tossed salad on the nonprofit buffet table. It’s a kaleidoscope of actions.

And that’s what keeps us on our toes. The fact that we cannot stop, we cannot forget, we cannot miss one donor, one dollar, one touch, one outreach, one opportunity without possibly missing out on a great partnership.

And that’s the bottom line, isn’t it? We never know. We never know who, or what, will lead us to that next great collaboration with a donor.

Right now, I am not sure which box has exactly what in it, let alone which action will introduce me to a new friend and lead me to a potential donor. But I know the process, and I follow it. I am watching and tracking and communicating. I am paying attention. I am listening.

And I will unpack every box and I will contact every prospect. Because that’s what I do. I dig to the bottom, I cross every “t” and dot every “i”, I cover every base, I send every thank you and make every call. I get the job done.

Because at the bottom of a box, in the copy of an email, at the end of a call, I will find what I’ve been looking for. And everything I have done will have been worth it.

That’s why I do what I do.

That’s why we all do what we do.

We dig to the bottom, we pay attention, and we get it done!

We are fundraisers. We are leaders. Hear us roar! 🙂

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