Money Will Try to Turn You Around
Yesterday, I was asked a fundraising question. It indicated that, although the questioners normally have extremely good judgement, they were being “turned around” by money. I’ll tell you the question farther on in this post.
How many people in RAISING CLARITY’s neighborhood of the Beloved Community are being turned around by money?
Probably several. 🙂 Whether you’re reading this as a fundraiser, entrepreneur, wage-earner, or simply a would-be peaceful and ethical money manager, you may be letting money “turn you around.”
Even fears about livelihood have to do with being turned around by money! That’s why my most recent livelihood post zeroed in on freedom from fear when it comes to livelihood, after some really juicy comments to our first post on livelihood.
Three of the Ways Money Tries to Turn You Around
- If you’re in a nonprofit, money will make you ask a question like I was asked in the opening of this post: Our program is running out of money. Our largest donor is going to stop giving. Where can we find more “deep pockets”?
- If you’re in a short-term bind financially, money will try to make decisions for you that have nothing to do with money and are not short-term.
- If you feel you are “too young” or “too old” for the work you want to do, money may try to tell you to think about money first, ahead of the work you really want to do. And get this: it will claim it is being “practical!”
Don’t Let Money Turn You Around
What is wrong with this picture? I mean the “picture” I am drawing with the three examples above and the picture accompanying this post.
You can look in many directions but you can only GO in one.
Don’t go the way money tells you to go. Money hasn’t the faintest idea where to go! If you doubt me, watch the stock market. Money has no direction we don’t give it.
Turn Money Around
You and I give money its direction. It’s up to us to turn money around.
- In a nonprofit, just like in life, every relationship is personal. Donors know their job is to support your work. That doesn’t mean treat them like an ATM, and replace the ATM when it wears out. It means building relationships as part of your work. Be honest about what it costs to do your work and how donors can help. It is important to justify what you need and why it’s important; they are people with minds and hearts. Consider donors part of your team, forever.
- In a short-term bind, it is normal to think about where to get more money. (The operative word is “think.) It’s not normal to listen to money telling you where to get more of it. Notice that nothing money says makes a lick of sense. Don’t go cheap for money. Go ahead and make wise decisions about reducing expenses, working more for the short-term, borrowing from a friend, or negotiating for a discount, donation, or reduction. Let your mind help you out of your bind.
- In the work you want to do in the world, don’t listen to money. It has no idea which direction you should take. Again, make intelligent decisions that allow you to stay on your livelihood path but who cares about money for its own sake? Why would that be practical?
Turn money around. It will go the direction you are going.