Institute for Charitable Giving

Wait to Worry

It’s probably the best advice you can follow in life— from both a personal and a professional standpoint.

The great fundraisers are concerned about everything in their professional life. The quality of their work. Their relationships with donors and prospects.  And meeting high objectives.

Concerned, yes! But not worried.

Here’s what I know. Most of the things you worry about simply never happen.

Worrying is the single most unrewarding of all human emotions. It tears you down.  It tears you apart.

And worst of all, it doesn’t accomplish anything. If you’ve come across a problem with a probable donor, you have to deal with it.  Head on.

Worrying won’t solve the problem. If it doesn’t look like you’re going to be able to meet budget, worrying won’t help. If you’re not going to make the campaign goal, worrying won’t help you reach it.

Life is like a grinding wheel. It can break you into pieces and chew you up. Or it can polish you to brilliancy. The decision is yours.

What is required is some creative problem solving. And in most cases, wrapping up your sleeves, getting out of your chair, and doing something about it.  Worrying won’t help. Let your spirits soar.


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