Ask Yourself


Months ago my former boss and I were talking about fundraising and how so much of this profession revolves around the question, “what have you done for me lately?”. This has stuck with me, but in a different way. I wonder what would happen if we were to ask ourselves this question. So, what have you done for yourself lately? Big or small, taking time to do things that rejuvenate you is immensely important. In fundraising, when you do something for someone they are likely to give more in return for your cause. The same holds true to giving yourself what you need. When you can adequately take care of your emotional, physical and spiritual needs you will inadvertently give more in your job, relationships and other aspects of your life.

While talking about this concept is simple, implementation will require more discipline (but it will be worth it). It will take work, but after time taking just a few minutes for yourself will become apart of your daily routine and life entirely. Start by making a list of things that make you happy. Do you like to read? Do you have a television show you love to watch? Do you want to do more yoga? Whatever it is start there. List 5 to 10 things you wish you could do more of post it somewhere you will see it daily. Then, when you’re ready, add them in on your calendar. Actually block the time off to do it and commit. Like anything else, set goals and meet them. Ex.) read a chapter from a book once a day. Before you know it you will have read the entire book. You will find that in time these small steps will create a greater happiness than you could ever imagine and you will preform each day at a higher level. Taking care of yourself should be your full time job, after all, you cannot do your day job without YOU.


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