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Action Memo:

Wins, wins and more wins!

Today we’re integrating three of my favorite things.

In case you haven’t already noticed, I’m a major fan and tireless proponent of : 

💗 Solutions-Oriented Optimism
🎯 Sustainable Systems
🎉 Celebrating Wins

And if you’ve participated in the Open Rivers Appeal Challenge, you know that when it comes to fundraising, I prefer to focus on what will uplift people and give them a sense of renewed purpose or radical hope, rather than scare the hell out of them or utterly bum them out. Because honestly, there’s plenty of that abound on the airwaves already.

Now to be fair, this approach doesn’t work for all types of fundraising. I’m not suggesting that we go all Pollyanna full-time here, simply that we keep a healthy balance between what’s wrong and what’s working. In that balance, I believe that we can, and should leverage fundraising to shine a light on the latter. 

(By the way, the Open Rivers Appeal Challenge is a totally free training and you can dive in at anytime. With the year-end flurry of annual appeals, now’s the time – Head here to get started!)

Anyway, back to today’s Action Memo. You’re going to make a Win List. While on the surface it seems simple enough, it has two important effects in the long-term…

✔️ It will make it that much easier down the road for you to brainstorm and pull content for any of your fundraising materials.

✔️ It will give you a resounding sense of affirmation that the work you do is worth it, especially on days when things are particularly tough or downtrodden. 

So, with promises like that, let’s get right to it… Action! 🎬

Step 1

Set the timer for 20 minutes (when you’re ready to go, click here for an online timer at the ready) and grab something to document with (text doc, pen and paper, voice memo – however you take notes).

Step 2

Create a list and title it WINS. This list can be a dedicated page in your journal, a piece of paper tacked to your wall or a digital file on your drive. The format is up to you, but the important thing is that you have this same list on hand for easy access once a week.

Spreadsheet-geek here, so feel free to download the exact one I use for this purpose! Two options:

Step 3

Take 5 minutes and think of one thing that was awesome this week. Whether it is a small step forward or a significant breakthrough, note it. And don’t worry if it is a programming win or a personal one. It all blends together over the long haul.

Step 4

Now, this last step is key: Make a standing date with yourself once a week for a brief reflection of weekly wins. We’re talking 5 minutes here, so I’m sure you can find the time. Schedule it in your calendar if that’s helpful. I personally just batch it with other weekly tasks that I need to get done (added bonus that this makes the more boring weekly tasks way more fun!). Whatever works for you, as long as you commit to your weekly win list date.

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