Q: I don’t think I’m cut out for fundraising. I love my organization and I want to help get the funds we need to survive and do our work…and I even know what I *should* be doing, I think. But when it comes to picking up the phone and calling donors, I can’t. I am stupidly panicked and get anxious and just can’t pick up the phone. How do I get past my fear? I don’t want to keep letting people down.
A: I have a friend who posted a quote on her facebook wall recently, and I’ve been chewing on it such that it made me fish your email out of the ol’ mailbag. Here it is:
“Are you paralyzed with fear? That’s a good sign. Fear is good. Like self-doubt, fear is an indicator. Fear tells us what we have to do. Remember our rule of thumb: The more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it.
Resistance is experienced as fear; the degree of fear equates the strength of Resistance. Therefore, the more fear we feel about a specific enterprise, the more certain we can be that that enterprise is important to us and to the growth of our soul.” –Steven Pressfield
I want to like this quote. I really do. But the more I think about it, it’s hooey. The only thing I actually agree with is that fear is good. Read more