October 20, 2014

Pope John XXIII Delivers a Sermon for Association Volunteers

"Consult not your fears but your hopes and dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what is still possible for you to do."-Pope John XXIII

While I may be Catholic, this article is not about Catholicism. It is about a quote that was sent to me by an exceptional "association family" member. This quote resonated with me as it should with quite a few of our dedicated home builder association (HBA) volunteers and the staff that work with those volunteers.

The first part of the above quote deals with "fears." Fear, applying it to our association initiatives, is the fear of trying something new, something that hasn't been tried before or has but failed. What I read in this part of the quote is that the we should look at the potential and what we hope to gain by trying something new. Dreaming sounds like wishful thinking but it's really not. It's about taking a reality you'd like to see and envision what life would look like, if...

The second part of the quote is closer to home for our volunteers. We all have tried some initiative that had frustrating components  built in. Naysayers, historians (we've always done it this way) and over thinkers. Those who continue, despite the "frustrations," may fail. But each failure is not a failure if you learn why you failed at that moment in time and make your course corrections. Eventually, with persistence and motivation to continue, dreams will come true and potential will become reality. Having fear is normal; having the faith to move past the fear is very special and It's clearly leadership.

This quote will stay with me because it applies to all we do in life but I also wanted to share with Association Maximization readers because it absolutely applies to what we do in the pursuit of association growth and delivering for our members.

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