Tired, Weary, & Ready to Quit?

Chances are at some point in your journey you will find yourself so tired you want to quit. It seems to happen to everyone at some point. It is then you start asking stupid questions like, “What would life be like if I just worked for someone else, showed up from 8-5, turned off my phone and refused to answer calls after hours, and did the very minimum to get by?” From what I understand, if you work for the State of California this could be your life!

For me, I was standing outside the Orange County Airport after a weekend of travel telling my friend and partner in our non-profit, “I don’t want to do this anymore.” It was a pivotal point in our journey. Feelings that are calling for your resignation are real and have the power to help build or destroy your organization. Even though there has been many bumps in the road, those moments of exhaustion have served our organization as a catalyst for growth instead of death.

When you hit the wall in the beginnings of your non-profit consider do the following:

Step out of your office (coffee shop) and throw a short tantrum then,

  1. Remember WHY what you are doing HAS to be done.
  2. Reflect on how the world will be different because of your work.
  3. Read a few thank you emails or success stories written to you about what you are doing.
  4. Recall the last time you heard the words inside your brain, “I absolutely love this!”
  5. Re-orient, Re-Prioritize, and Re-enter the cause.

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