According to Oprah Winfrey, “Energy is the essence of life. Every day you decide how you're going to use it by knowing what you want and what it takes to reach that goal, and by maintaining focus.” Oprah was able to become a national icon through focus. We can use her wisdom to become successful in the grant and funding arena.
In the grant development world, focus is the bottom line. Every step of the process requires focus on the goal. The initial focus may be on doing the research to find a funding source. Once you have a promising funding source or foundation the focus will move on to organizing or gathering all of the information needed to get started on the writing. Your next area of focus will be on the writing, reviewing and rewriting. The final step is to focus on packaging the final product to meet the deadline and guidelines.
Here are a few tips that may help to maintain focus in the grant development process. Do ONE thing at a time. You can only achieve your goals if you focus on them one at a time. Once your goal has been accomplished then you can start on the next goal. SIMPLIFY: Big successes start with little ones. Choose a small, specific goal, or break up larger goals into small pieces so that you can clearly focus and make progress. SCHEDULE TIME, PRIORITIZE and MAKE the TIME: You have to MAKE the time or you won't MAKE the goal. Pick a time when you will work on your goal and focus to make it happen.
It all comes down to focus…