2017 is starting off with a bang. December 22 I started a vacation that took me to Bangkok cooking classes, resting at the beach in Hua Hun, New Year’s Eve overlooking Antarctica and a foodie and museum tour of Singapore. I am grateful to Wendy Ong and Sanjeev Jayasinghe – fellow fundraisers and CASE Institute alumni – who moved part of my Thailand experience to the beach and for hosting me. I am grateful to be able to take a travel vacation. I’ve got a great life that has led exactly to where I should be in 2017.
Gratitude will be my theme. Enough with the “first world problem” complaints. Wendy and I talked about a Campaign of Attitudes at work and home. Our positive attitudes will shine on our colleagues and be reflected back. We have chosen not to go down the negative path or be drawn into challenges without solutions – immediate and thoughtfully. We’re calling it a Campaign of Attitudes and we will be leading by example.
Then on day one of 2017 Chris Brogan and Seth Godin posts appeared in my inbox at the same time. Their posts always show up when I need them most. Their timing is impeccable and I’m grateful for that.
Seth talked about choice –
Attitude is the most important choice any of us make.
Chris reprises his “My 3 Words” exercise.
Choose 3 words we can use to guide us forward to more success in the coming year.
I am grateful for the simplicity and ease of their suggestions and counsel. Less complication is good.
I am working on my 3 words and attitude. If I feel my choices and attitude can inspire or assist you, I’ll share them here and on my social media accounts.
For now I’d like to say thank you for reading and sharing my posts and wish you all you want in 2017 – knowing you can make it so if you choose.
Future plan no more than 6-12 months – focus on values clarification. Allows for more flexibility with opportunities, experimentation and see what doors open and people come my way.
“What we have to fight, the chaos of nature, per Gonzales, is this: our brains. Our ability to manage our impulses and also to be present mentally to find solutions even if they mean ignoring previous training.”
Clear boundaries and expectations.
Clear and coherent job descriptions.
Evaluation, weekly meetings, structure.
A positive and enthusiastic outlook. The job doesn’t get you down. You see the brighter side of things. You solve problems rather than complain about them. You have a “can do” attitude.
Pushiness is in the eye of the beholder. Generosity requires that we be aware of how the other person is feeling about the forward motion we’re trying to make.
Listening to donors and sharing a story they can feel in their bones….