What's actually affecting your prosperity?
When it comes to financing a nonprofit, there are many uphill battles.
The two greatest factors that either create or limit prosperity and abundance in a nonprofit organization are:
1. The levels of consciousness that the CEO, Nonprofit Board and staff bring to the organization (this is crucial)
2. The belief systems that the CEO, senior executives, staff and Board have about money, resources and revenue sources.
Many setbacks and dilemmas can crop up in an organization when these leaders choose to operate from a scarcity paradigm. They feel that there is not enough to go around, or too little of everything: opportunities, prospects, support, resources, time and money.
How do we respond to perceived scarcity?
These belief systems of scarcity (which we term the Scarcity Paradigm) cause the organization to operate from a basis of lack: lack of money, lack of resources, lack of staff, lack of respect, lack of influence etc.
The leaders and staff therefore act within their self-imposed Scarcity Paradigm.
For example, it is generally acknowledged that many recessions and economic downturns are caused or exaggerated and intensified, not by the monetary realities of the country's economy, but rather by the people's perceptions, attitudes, fear of scarcity and level of faith and confidence in the economy or their country at the time.
The scarcity attitude, outlooks and emotions of the general public create the negative economic culture and climate for the country, rather than the climate creating their point of view and emotions.
Once the scarcity climate is set, it tends to solidify and justify these thoughts and emotions. Here, the people’s thoughts and emotions are the cause of the scarcity conditions, not the effect.
The biggest reason to resist the scarcity paradigm
The implications for nonprofit organizations is huge: if a scarcity outlook is predominant within the organization, this will create and embed scarcity.
The financial circumstances of nonprofit organizations is a direct expression and indication of the leaders and employee’s attitude and emotions regarding prosperity and scarcity, wealth and lack.
Leaders and team members’ attitudes, belief systems and emotions regarding their personal and their organization’s prosperity are directed by their prosperity consciousness which, in turn, creates the organization’s financial state.
We have discovered, over decades of experience with the nonprofit sector, that these belief systems, more than anything else, hold back many Nonprofit organizations from being prosperous and successful. It is not because the government has failed to increase grants, not because membership numbers are falling, not because others just don’t understand what we are trying to achieve (you can fill in the other limitations you have created or have heard of).
The lack of prosperity in most nonprofit organizations is because the leaders have refused to seek alternative opportunities. The leaders have chosen to operate from a scarcity paradigm, and have belief systems about money and resources that impose severe limitations on the prosperity of their organization.
Leaders that have chosen to operate from a scarcity paradigm often create a distrustful, cynical, apathetic, and pessimistic culture. They tend to focus on lack and blame their state on poor market conditions, natural disasters, changes in government legislation, and changes in interest rates or other external dilemmas.
These leaders and their organizations tend to be drawn toward the comfortable habit of worrying and tormenting about things outside their control, on what they can’t do and waiting on tenterhooks for the market and other conditions beyond their control to improve. A scarcity paradigm tends to knock the enthusiasm and innovative spirit out of their people, mostly unconsciously and unintentionally.
Prosperity consciousness within organizations is critical for future and sustained business growth. It is therefore vital to explore what leaders and organizations must do to ensure that leadership fosters a conscious prosperity attitude, approach and behavior. If the leaders embrace a prosperity consciousness instead of a scarcity paradigm, their business will come with ease and abundance.
If this scarcity mindset is something that pervades decision-making in your organization, leave a comment with how it affected you and your business' ability to prosper.