Eat Pray Love Lessons For Nonprofits -solid converter

Positive-Attitude In the motion picture Eat Pray Love, Julia Roberts brings to the screen the real-life story of Elizabeth (Liz) Gilbert, a journalist who embarked upon a year-long journey of self-discovery and spiritual enlightenment. After conjuring the strength to end a loveless marriage, Liz eats in Italy, prays in India, and learns to love again in Bali. So, what does this clearly resourceful woman with disposable in.e""or accessible savings""have to do with our mission here at Yancey Arts Consulting (YAC)? Well, we know that she does not reflect the profile of our clients or .munities, and that few organizations have the financial resources to replicate even a modest version of her spiritual journey. YAC"s goal is to help organizations first achieve sustainable practices and then establish a plan to "Move Beyond Sustainability" with growth revenue strategies. There are lessons Liz learns, however, that we all can apply to both our personal lives and nonprofit organizations. We believe that we are all actively or casually on a quest to live a balanced and fulfilling life. Let"s explore how we can apply Eat Pray Love to the operational culture and growth of our organizations and perhaps even ourselves. PLEASURE. When in Rome, Liz discovers the pleasure of indulgence. Food, friends, language, architectural history were all decadent pastimes. Even crossing the street"""Attraversiamo" "" provides the most intense pleasure. When was the last time you indulged in the pleasure of your work? Because our work is mission-driven, there is an inherent pleasure in what we do, but sometimes our day-to-day activities impede our ability to relish it. When was the last time you gave yourself an extended moment to indulge in the pleasure of your work or efforts before moving on to the next thing? Without these moments, how can we sustain our excitement? We can be certain that our sustenance doesn"t .e from nonprofit salaries or the ability to climb the corporate ladder. Instead, we who work in the nonprofit sector, primarily find fulfillment in work that benefits others. If we stay connected to the pleasure of our work, that work can in turn, enhance the quality of what we deliver, which is a critical .ponent of organizational sustainability. MEDITATION. While living in an ashram in India, Liz learns to quiet her mind and meditate, gaining insight and enlightenment in the process. It took time "" a lot of time "" and dedicated focus. When was the last time you were able to quiet the day-to-day grind to meditate on things like the impact of your work, ways to better connect with and expand your constituency, opportunities to improve your office culture and enhance staff appreciation? When was the last time you thought about how to better engage your board or develop a plan to diversify your revenue streams? Whatever it is that you or your organization needs, when was the last time you were able to quietly focus on clarity and answers? Of course, we can"t all travel to an ashram, wake up at 3:00 a.m. and meditate in a .munity of other enlightenment-seeking individuals, but perhaps we can dedicate 10 to 15 minutes or more each day, or every other day, or once a week, for quiet time and intentional contemplation. We too, may find that the answers we seek are right in front of us. LOVE. Finally, in Bali, Liz realizes the importance of love. How many times have we heard, "Do what you love." Arguably, one may say that the ultimate find in our life"s journey is love. Love of who we are. Love of what we do. Love of the difference we make in the world around us. Love in our relationships. The list can go on and on. This cultivation of love extends to the sustainability of our organizations. If our targeted constituents love our work, they will .e, participate in, and support our activities. If our donors, sponsors, and supporters love our work, they will continue to fund our programs, capacity and general operations. If our staff loves what they do and where they work, they will surpass performance expectations. There is a lot of leverage in love. So, there you have it""Eat Pray Love lessons for nonprofits. We are sure that you have more to contribute to these analogies. Have you ever taken a journey of self-discovery like Liz? If so, what did you learn? What do you love most about the work that you do? How are you best able to balance your personal life and work life? What would you re.mend as potential ways one can realistically apply some of these te.s? And, most importantly, do you have any great Italian recipes that you"d like to share? Food is something we can all find pleasure in, meditate over and absolutely LOVE!! We"d love to hear from you! YAC ~ Being transformative while keeping it simple. About the Author: 相关的主题文章:

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