How do you know that you are putting yourselves in a position to achieve giving goals?
No one can see the future, but we can lean on God’s promises and steward well what we’ve been given to predict our financial future.
Today I want to look at two areas to place effort to reap maximum rewards.
Giving is always a trailing indicator of what is happening in your organization. It doesn’t tell you how you’re doing right now. It tells you how you’ve done in the past.
Our team believes strongly in the power of the Weekly Scorecard.
Instead of focusing on all of the things that you have to get done – the disciplines, checklists, etc. – focus on the leading indicators that impact giving.
Ongoing monitoring of three key factors will help you manage your present and maximize your future.
Committed time. Time may be the only impactful thing you can really budget and manage.
I would have holds on my calendar for meetings to fill with people. For the next six weeks I would have ten meetings held. This is what setting a priority on my committed time looks like.
Weekly pace. If I have ten meetings held in my calendar and schedule five of the slots, my next step is to look at how many of the five meetings have taken place. This number is my weekly pace figure.
Follow up list. Last but definitely not least you want to know your influence number. How many people have you met with up to this point? How many people are you guiding in order to lead to giving?
We cannot control what people give and no one can tell you with accuracy what another will give. All we can control is how we are using our time.
How do you know that you’re putting yourselves into position to achieve your ministry’s goals? You look at and keep track of your follow up list.
If you have a goal to see a million dollars given, or half of a million dollars given this year, at some point the follow-up list has to show that number is emerging. You must see the possibility.
For example, if you are looking to see a goal of half a million and yet don’t know if you’re going to hit it, or whether you are on track, look to your follow-up list. How many people are on it? If you have two people, and these two persons are not going to give you half a million dollars, you’re not placing yourself in position.
Consistency IS Discipline
I am often asked how to be consistent, more disciplined and motivated.
I am not a unique specimen who has unlocked a great secret. I am a humble servant who applies grace to my goals in all areas of life.
The key is discovering that consistency is discipline in action.
We will all get off track, veering away from our habits and routines. We live in a fallen world where none of us are perfect. It’s to be expected. Getting back on track – and doing so with haste – is what separates the disciplined from the rest.
Consider your workout habits. Missing one scheduled class or afternoon at the gym has the potential to start a domino effect. The cause may very well be legitimate; work or family may trump your scheduled lift day or cardio exercises. Regardless, your schedule – your plan – is thrown off track.
“I missed Monday and Wednesday … I am not consistent. I am not disciplined. I failed.”
It’s easy to start beating yourself up, to let negative thoughts take hold.
All you have to do in these moments is to make a move. Missed the gym this morning? Go after work. You walk in – you win. Didn’t hit your weekly meeting goal? Schedule an extra one for the following week. The key is to initiate the forward momentum.
You may need to make up a meeting or two next week, but you’ll be moving once more. Your follow-up, your influence, and your relationships will grow. You’re able to start guiding people to give and take action.
Get moving! Get guiding! Grow giving!
I look forward to hearing how you put these suggestions to work for you and your ministries!
Do you need to get back on track to hit some giving goals quickly? You may want to check out our Rapid Success Projects tool.
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