I’m not always able to work at full capacity. It’s important for me to be honest with myself about that. I am a social entrepreneur because I consistently show up. Not because I’m good at it, not because I can raise millions of dollars over night or that I have some outrageous following. I’m a social entrepreneur because I consistently care, show up, and adapt.

I’m no business guru but I know that burn out is a huge issue in the non profit sector. According to Tiloma Jayasinghe who wrote an article Avoiding Burnout and Preserving Movement Leadership in the Nonprofit Quarterly

Nonprofit executives in particular face a high risk of burning out, and this is even more true for leaders of color

Further in the article she gives advice on how to manage yourself while you’re burned out. She says “do the things that feel selfish and indulgent.” I believe self care in nonprofit work is a necessity for sustainability. Burn out can cause all sorts of negative feelings, emotional and physical both of which if unchecked can lead to suicidal thoughts and ideations or ultimately suicide.

Consequently, about 30 percent of nonprofit workers are burned out, with an additional 20 percent in danger of burning out. That’s 50 percent of the nonprofit workforce at the end, or near the end of their tether. That’s half of the humans who drive this nation’s third-largest employment sector not being able to sustain a long-term career without compromising their health, resilience, and security.

I need reminders sometimes about why it’s ok to work daily in small steps. I hope that someone else will use this reminder and be gentle on themselves. We don’t need to consistently work at full capacity. We just need to work consistently. When you understand that building a business takes time, you save space for the finished product.

Published by Jayne

Jayne is a writer. On her free time she likes to be with her family hiking outdoors and traveling. New England is her home and place of birth. When asked what she wants to teach the world she replied, "Don't stop searching. Too many times, in my old life, I put my search aside for more 'important matters.' I didn't realize the thing I was searching for held what was most important; my soul purpose." Jayne works daily improving her craft and at times can get down on herself, but her favorite morning mantra is "It's a new day." and that's what she strives to start with.

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