Who loves a challenge?
Not really a dare, which is usually reckless, but a challenge to make myself grow and stretch just a little bit. Like the time I challenged myself to make it down the river in a canoe with my husband. Did that, but won’t be doing it again. Ever!
As grant writers, we have to accept challenges all the time. Challenges like how to spin a project to capture the interest of a potential funder. Or where to find the data we need to support our needs statement. Maybe its how to explain to a client that they aren’t ready to apply for a grant.
My biggest challenge was when I wrote a proposal for a client and then found out they weren’t really grant ready or grant worthy. (Lesson learned-do your due diligence before accepting a new client.)
Well, they got the grant and then for a year I was challenged with sending in reports for the grant they never should have received.
This month, I’m participating in a “Stretch Yourself Challenge” with Kelly McCausey. It really has nothing to do with grant writing, but the challenges I’ve accepted to work on will help me grow.
The challenges I’ve chosen to work on are to re-energize my Jump Start Your Grant Writing Career Facebook group to make it more helpful for the members, and to reach out to make meaningful connections with individuals who are respected in the grant writing field. I’ll later ask these new connections to allow me to interview them for my Grant Box subscription program.
Do you love a challenge? If so, maybe you’d like to take a look at the “Stretch Yourself Challenge” I’m participating in. You might find a challenge you’d like to try.
Go challenge yourself to stretch and do something that makes you a little uncomfortable. I promise that when you complete the challenge, whatever it is, you’ll be proud of yourself and you’ll be ready to take on another challenge.