How To Press On With Your Vision When People Around You Don’t Support You
I have always prided myself on my communication skills. A classic ENFP (anyone else love Myers-Briggs?), I am excited and can easily draw people into a vision or goal. So, you can imagine what it was like for me to be tongue-tied when we first began our non-profit, community development collaborative: Konbit Haiti. People would ask about it, and my perception would be that they were ready to shut it down. So, I shut down. And, fast. If you are like me, there was so much backstory to the reasons I wanted to start Konbit that I felt overwhelmed by stories and incapable of explaining any of them all at the same time. This, plus my age and people’ perception of me, caused people to be very hesitant at first. Even if all the folks in my life didn’t say no, they sure didn’t act as they believed in us.
I am happy to say that we are a few years in now and it is hard for people to not say “yes” to what is happening in Haiti. Here are some pointers I have for people who might find themselves in the same situation- and how to press on with your vision.
In the end, you are the one fulfilling your vision (hopefully with an amazing team behind you). Don’t be afraid to stand up for your dreams, be open to possibilities, and to reach for those high goals you have set. Many times the only thing stopping you- is you!
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