A key step in opening your organization to receive all the abundance — of money, people, influence, and power — you need to achieve your mission is fully embracing what is not working.
My guess is that you don’t like something about yourself as a leader and/or your organization. You might be the most successful, effective social change organization out there, but something makes you wary, ashamed, or embarrassed.
Perhaps your program delivery model has some warts. Maybe you’ve never evaluated your programs, so you can’t fully claim their successes. Perhaps you have an errant board member, an ineffective staff member, or a derelict website.
Be brutally honest: what is limiting your organization and your mission?
Whatever just jumped in your mind is worth exploring. Resist the temptation to tamp down that voice and to do what nonprofit leaders are so often told: “just make do with what you have.” Instead take a hard look at what isn’t working and move toward compassionately fixing it.
Because one of the ways we stop abundance from showing up on our doorstep is by blocking part of who and what we are.
This may be the most challenging thing I am asking you to do, because who among us wants to admit what we don’t like about ourselves or our organizations? Here is where self-compassion is so critical.
When you fully embrace your humanness, your imperfection, and your faults, you start to fully embrace all that you are. And when that happens, you begin to let in more abundance. Because if you are resisting part of who you are, or part of what your organization is, you are resisting part of the abundance trying to reach you, as well. When you defend yourself or your organization from what you don’t want to admit, you also, unknowingly, protect yourself and your organization from what you desperately want and need.
So fully admit that something (or perhaps many things) aren’t perfect. Once you have fully acknowledged an imperfection, you can figure out, from a compassionate place, how to address it. You may need to put together a plan to fix it, or you may decide to simply let it go. Because if it isn’t impeding your social change goals (like a typo, or a meaningless mistake), give yourself and your organization permission to be imperfect and instead focus on all that is going right.
Because you can choose to see the limits in front of you, or the opportunities. And in seeing the opportunities—really, the abundance—you can accomplish so much more.
There’s plenty more about how to stop resisting the abundance that desperately wants to reach you in my book “Reinventing Social Change“. Grab your copy now. And don’t miss our monthly free training series that takes a deep dive into how to move your social change work from scarcity to abundance. Our next training is August 25th. Register here.
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