22 Things Unhappy Fundraisers Do

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Greg Warner is CEO and Founder of MarketSmart, a revolutionary marketing software and services firm that helps nonprofits raise more for less. In 2012 Greg coined the phrase “Engagement Fundraising” to encapsulate his breakthrough fundraising formula for achieving extraordinary results. Using their own innovative strategies and technologies, MarketSmart helps fundraisers around the world zero in on the donors most ready to support their organizations and institutions with major and legacy gifts.

unhappy fundraisersYou simply can’t raise more money if you are unhappy. A friend recently sent me this list of what unhappy people do.  So I thought I’d share it so you can make sure to avoid these pitfalls. 

 

1.Chronic complaining – venting is ok sometimes, chronic complaining isn’t
2.Pacification through purchase – enriching your life can’t happen simply by buying things
3.Binge drinking – leads to a wasted “day after,” poor eating decisions and lack of exercise
4.Worrying about the future – you can’t worry too much about what you can’t control
5.Waiting for the future – there’s never a good reason to put off finding ways to be happy
6.Lack of hobbies – your job, house cleaning and watching TV are not hobbies
7.Poor diet – makes you feel lethargic, guilty, depressed and just plain fat
8.Smearing others – talking poorly about others and gossiping is only a way to mask your own insecurities
9.Holding grudges – it’s like carrying a backpack filled with rocks and eventually your back will truly feel the pain
10.Becoming complacent – if you stop learning and doing, you start dying
11.Not following through – taking the first step is always the hardest… just do it! No excuses!
12.Hating your job – most people work to survive and end up hating their job 1,920 hours per year
13.Making yourself lonely – social stimulation requires effort from “putting yourself out there”
14.Allowing negative thoughts to enter your mind – be conscious of negative thoughts that sit and fester
15.Jumping to conclusions – if you automatically predict that things will turn out poorly, they probably will
16.Magnifying problems – blow small things out of proportion and you’ll make a big deal out of nothing
17.Minimizing problems – sweeping problems under the rug will only work for so long
18.Self-labeling – believe in yourself because, if you don’t, no one else will
19.Worrying about what others will think – your true friends will always be there (after all, it’s between you and God)
20.Letting strangers affect your mood – if someone is mean to you, don’t reflect that… instead just smile
21.Always wanting more money – you will never actually have enough and it will never make you happy
22.Avoiding setting goals – success is the pursuit of worthy goals… you know that!

 
 
Are there any other things unhappy fundraisers do? Or do you have a great way to stay happy? Sound off in the comments!
 

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