Let's be honest here - all of us in the private small and start up businesses, NGOs and public enterprises have moments when we seriously question the difference we are really making. Being on the front lines of economic and social justice means that we are constantly bombarded with injustice, challenge and scarcity at a level that few others know.
Of course our passion and love for our busineses and communities ultimately sees us through - but there is no denying that we are prime candidates for this type of despair. I am sure we've all had our share of doubting moments and until one decides that enough is enough - nothing will seem to move forward or change.
So what to do?
I want to share this note that have been shared amongst another one of my networks in hopes that it will also help as you run into those moments.
I know you are feeling doubtful today - so I need you to read this now, and remember just why it is you do what you do for others
If you have changed one life, you have changed the world. I know the world faces massive challenges, and they can seem overwhelming, but the fact is - if you change the path of just one life, you have changed the path of the world. Remember this the next time you think the world is beyond saving.
It is more about consistency than the amount of time. In economic, social and political work, you will often feel like there is not enough time to solve all the world's problems - and there isn't. It is a good thing that consistency is what really matters. So remember, whether you are choosing to spend an hour or 10 hours with a customer, supplier, partner, family you are serving, just be honest about what you can consistently commit to.
Focus on what you are best at. You need to be sure that in every way possible, you are seeking to serve others in your areas of strength. Far too many change people burn out because they try to e all things to all people. Don't do this. Know what you excel at, and serve your people, your community and the world in those areas.
Keep things right with yourself, so that you can be right for others. If you get burnt out by trying to be all things to all people, you will be no things to no people.
Keep it Real. I know at times it may appear that the struggles our families face are too great to be overcome - but this is marathon we are in, not a sprint. Be sure to laugh along the way, to sing, to cry, dance randomly and never take yourself to seriously. The people you serve will love you for this.
I love this note and I have been sharing it ever since.