You may not know this about me but, I have a regular offering. I set aside one hour a month for anyone who wants my advice on building a nonprofit from scratch, community building and heart work.
I’ve been so well loved and supported in my vision. This is my best way of paying it forward.
I offer up my best advice while harnessing the kind of knowledge that comes from talking with individuals on fire for serving their community.
Over hot cups of coffee I’ve heard nonprofit dreamers utter the same phrase;
“I have no idea what I’m doing.”
It bothers me. Not because it’s insincere. I understand. I’ve said those words myself. I’ve said them under my breath, in meetings and I’m certain, I’ve gone on record as the woman who had no idea what she was doing but chose to move forward anyway.
I was wrong. I should never say that. If you have a vision and you believe you have no idea what you’re doing, you’re wrong too.
Let’s reframe that statement.
Here’s a real time example. I need to create an employee handbook because, guess what? We’re hiring!
My inclination is to say, I have no idea what I’m doing. I could use my self-deprecating humor or I could tell you the vulnerable truth.
I know what kind of culture I want to create. I want policies that are led by my organization’s mission, compassion and justice. I know how I want my employees to feel when they step inside my office – safe, respected and accountable to the expectations of the community invested in the healing of children.
I need help aligning my goals with the laws of the land and managing the risk involved with hiring employees.
Do you see the shift? You can hold fast to your vision while recognizing the help you need to succeed. Here’s how:
1. Get clear on what you want to build or create.
2. Define what you’re not qualified to accomplish.
3. Ask for help.
You don’t need to know everything. The cure to your fear of failure is vulnerability. Ask for help.
Hear me. You know what you’re doing. You can’t do it alone. Spoiler alert: No one accomplishes anything alone.
Give yourself credit for your vision. At worst, you gave thoughtful consideration to how you could make the lives of others better. That’s amazing!
PS – If you’re interested in meeting up, email me at Tashmica Torok at gmail .com or hit me up with a DM on Twitter @TashmicaTorok.