I'm demotivated. I guess I have fundraising fatigue. How do I get back into the groove of fundraising?
Not a simple answer here, but rather two more questions and a tip:
- Can you identify what is specifically demotivating you? Usually, "fundraising in general" is not the problem. It is often phoning for appointments, searching for names or making an ask. Identify what demotivates you and "Cast your burden on the Lord" (1 Peter 5:7).
- Secondly, are you alone in funding? On Your Own Fundraising (OYOFR) is difficult even on good days! What fellow gospel-worker can you invite to partner with you? I recently heard of two mission-workers who watch each other on muted Skype while they make their phone calls. "Two are better than one..." (Ecclesiastes 4:12).
Set 60-90 minute time limit. For example, I say, "This morning I will spend 90 minutes getting my Top 25 Worksheet in order—no more than 90 minutes!" Or, "Tonight I will spend 60 minutes phoning. And then I am stopping!" Interestingly, I usually exceed my self-imposed time limit because God's Spirit energizes me—good things start to happen! I actually enjoy it.
Taking little steps of faithful obedience puts joy back into what feels like a dreary task. Try 60-minutes—no more! I dare you!