I hate the phrase "If it's not broken, don't fix it." Sure, there’s comfort in it for those of you who aren't big fans of change, but for me, I feel like it limits our potential and keeps us from growing. I prefer "fix it before it breaks"
According to the Bible, there is a "time and a season for everything," Not only does this speak of God’s perfect will and perfect timing, but it also speaks to the fact that things are going to come and go, change and grow. We should be a future focused people prepared to change and make improvements while still holding onto our Christlike integrity.
If your center is doing things the same way they've always been done, just because that's the way it's always been done, then you are on a hamster-wheel and you probably know it. I talk to center staff all the time that tell me they know they need improvement but "nothing they try works". For some, they have the desire to improve and just need a bit of direction and support. For others though, they lack the courage and general desire to try something new. They make excuses and place blame. And while sometimes those "excuses" have some truth in them, it's fear of the unknown that's really holding them back from growing and thriving.
I'm a mother of 3 sons and have 6 brothers. Over the years I have learned that coaching and pep talks work better than counseling sometimes. So let me throw a little of that your way: I know that change and growth can be stressful, draining, and exhausting. I know you are under pressure. But if you are going to be stressed anyway, why not take a few steps toward possible improvement? Is it going to really be that much more stressful than what you are already experiencing? At least you won't be stuck and stagnant anymore. Do you want to be a person of hopelessness or vision? If you aren't one, you are the other. So let get going team! We got this!! (claps and high-fives all around!)
I realize that might sound a bit harsh, but we can all do with a bit of tough love on occasion. And yes, that is coming from a place of love and a sincere prayer for you and your center to thrive. So here are a few quick tips to get you started.
Don't be ashamed of where you are. Be determined to get where you are going!
Don't decide you know best. Consider collaboration with others who've been where you are. Maybe even reach out to experts.
Don't neglect to examine your processes regularly. It's only in looking closely that you will identify and mark areas for improvement.
Don't neglect to plan and recruit before executing. But don't take to long or over plan, this can be another hamster-wheel. Stay off it!
Don't assume that donors or staff won't support new initiatives. Keep them engaged and informed about the center's needs, both big and small.
Don't let deficits be the determining factor. Ask the Lord for new vision, more faith, health & strength, more staff, more money, or whatever your needs are. He is just waiting to bless you. (Ephesians 3:20)
Don't be afraid to step outside of the box. Doing this will force you to grow spiritually and can help your center reach new heights.
Remember: Our mission is to help women to step outside of their own comfort zones and become mothers. Let's lead by example and embrace the challenges that come with growth and progress. I promise, the reward will be worth the effort. I'm rooting for you!