With the start of the New Year, many people are thinking about the various personal and professional goals they hope to achieve in 2017. I am purposely not using “New Year’s Resolutions” because at times, those seem to be associated with breaking bad habits rather than creating positive momentum. Our lists may include, increasing donor engagement, eating better, launching a planned giving program, organizing your family photo or music library, getting to know your colleagues on the program staff better, etc.
In much the same way my colleague Susan championed development plans in her post here last week, establishing goals and associated benchmarks for your personal and professional development is absolutely the first step in bringing about positive change. Way to go!
Once those goals are in place however, the key to gaining the momentum needed to achieve your goals is many times the hardest part. You’ve got to Get Moving.
Noun: mo·men·tum \mō-ˈmen-təm, mə-\
“the impetus gained by a moving object”
Coming off the holidays and year-end, our focus may shift towards catching up, maybe cleaning up database files, looking ahead to an upcoming event or any of the other myriad of activities necessary for us to successfully execute our development plans. And those are all important tasks. However, if we fail to also make a concerted effort on our personal goals, they are destined to simply linger in our pile of good intentions.
We’ve got to get after them, right away. If you have more than one new goal for the year and taking them all on right now feels overwhelming, just select the one or two that you can act on immediately. Schedule those meetings with your board members, call your rock star event volunteers from last year (just to say, “Thanks again!”), take the stairs at the office / go for a mid-day walk every day or pull that book off your nightstand and spend time reading it vs. Facebooking.
Just like for those of us in the northern states (and apparently for some folks in the south this season as well) we know that a great way to stay warm in the winter is to keep moving. Consider that an added bonus to your efforts. Take it from a once serial procrastinator, your progress will fuel your desire and ability to reach your goals and the momentum you experience along the way will have a positive impact on your personal and professional life. Here’s to a great 2017!
by: David Gee, Associate Vice President, HUB Philanthropic Solutions