A Single Tip on Overcoming Organizational Obstacles

a tip to overcome organizational obstacles

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Strangely, this topic is on my mind as a result of listening to a health, wellness, and fitness podcast on overcoming obstacles (The Model Health Show with Shawn Stevenson).

Shawn offers up 5 tips to overcoming any obstacle, regardless of the area of life or business.

When I’m struggling with focus or with obstacles, it is usually because I’ve gotten ‘off message.’

I’ve allowed myself to get distracted or made decisions around tasks or projects that are not in keeping with my chief priorities and goals.

This can happen with me as an insurance salesperson.

It can happen with me as a dad and husband.

It can happen in my faith or with my health.

I forget how I want to fulfill the particular role that I fill, and this inevitably leads to obstacles.

The same situation can happen organizationally.

The One Practice that Leads You Past Obstacles

When obstacles and distraction throw us off organizationally, there’s one habit – a keystone habit – that helps us navigate back to the right path:

Reconnect with your ‘Why’. 

If your nonprofit has a clear mission and you feel like the whole organization is drifting, be diligent about pulling yourself back by reengaging that mission and the associated core values and principles that your leadership has documented.

If your nonprofit has been clear on these things, then you have what you need to make your way through any obstacle, even if you get bloodied along the way.

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Even if those obstacles are supremely complex and difficult, you can start unraveling the details through the filter of your organization’s primary ‘Why’ and the subsequent principles and values.

Why the ‘Why’ Protects Your Vision

Insurance can only do so much. There’s only so much that a policy can protect you from or provide assistance with. Ultimately, remaining true to why your organization exists is the most thorough risk management practice.

And when I place coverage for a client, it is unbelievably fulfilling to help an organization that is clear and passionate about its mission.

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