I was pinned under a 200-pound guy, and he had scissors. The volunteer assignment was simple: help a young man with developmental disabilities to learn a new skill, one-on-one. We were working on learning scissor use.
How did I end up flailing on the floor needing assistance?
I had a clear goal for my college volunteering experience: Explore different ways to help people reach excellence.
What I didn’t anticipate were my physical limits. I am what fashion designers call petite and too small to work with an enthusiastic football-team-sized partner.
You get stuck like this, too. You begin a new idea. It goes well for a while until you get flattened under roadblocks or stuck behind barriers that stymie forward movement. A clear path to your vision eludes you.
You have vision block.
Suddenly, what seemed brilliant gets crushed under a semi-truck of challenges. It’s disappointing. It’s frustrating. You might even ask: Is my goal possible? (See “The Gap Between Now and Your Vision” for how alternate strategies work to reach your vision.)
After years of focusing on my lifetime goal of helping people reach excellence, I’ve come up with a dozen techniques that blow vision blocks to smithereens. Here’s are three:
For example, a client wants his board members to identify prospects for sponsorships. Instead of pushing at all of the board members to help and getting crushed under their resistance, after some coaching, he approaches two of his board champions. Together they identify three possibilities. Then, with this as an example, he approaches a third and board member.
In six months, the client increases the organization’s sponsorships by 100 percent.
In 7 Nonprofit Income Streams, read about Bok Tower Gardens rule toss. Staff was stuck about how to fund a 1929 mansion. So instead of following the “get a grant approach,” they changed what happened when visitors arrived at their site.
And, they increased the mansion’s income by 300 percent.
A CEO is called for jury duty. But, instead of a hardship, she sees the day as an opportunity to educate people about her mission.
Early on the first day of jury duty, she began a relationship with a person who is six months becomes a favorite board member.
Some people give up on their vision.
You reach out to grab a hand. You struggle to wiggle free.
Let me know what you discover using these techniques or if you want to talk about what else is possible to blow your vision blocks to smithereens.
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