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Posted on Nov 15, 2016 in Blog

Revising what is possible – What Does This Mean?

I recently woke up with a clear message – Revise what is possible. Yes, that is the tagline on my home page. This time, however, those words rose up with a fiery commitment from the depths of my soul in that space between sleep and awareness. Perhaps because of the rancorous election season and the final results. Perhaps because I’m now in my sixth decade and fully understand that the experiences, wisdom, failures and learnings I’ve had will help others as we all do our part to solve big issues.

The time is now to share, communicate and connect our skills to address societal needs. Here are my skills: I’ve been working with nonprofits for over 34 years and have gained mastery in working with leaders to grow their leadership presence and raise more revenue, particularly from women. I am committed to accelerating the women’s philanthropy movement, so as to significantly grow funding for mission-drive work. In all my work, I assist people and teams to do the hard work of moving through change – to revise what is possible.

What are your stories, skills, input? I am confident that you will take what I can offer and add your own mastery, curiosity and specific actions to improve our world.

Revising what is possible – what does this mean? This tag line was birthed eight years ago when I was at a very low point in my life. I had just left a big, all-consuming job and was beyond burned out. I was in a relationship that I knew was not aligned with my values but did not have the gumption to leave. I was unsure of who I was anymore.

Revising what is possible took months of working with some key people in my life to cut through my self-assessments, my narrative, and my inability to listen to myself. I had lived my life blissfully “doing” and all my doing was fast-paced. I didn’t take time to reflect and choose alternative behaviors to create significantly different and better results. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Certainly, my shift took time as well.

My tagline didn’t come from just strengths in my professional background. It came from reflecting on what I did consistently and without thought to produce transformational results. That is the definition of inherent strength. One coach calls this “Core Brilliance.”   My village made me look at all parts of myself – from how I am in my own home, to how I show up with my family, friends, colleagues, and my network. I learned that a key, unconscious, and very unique-to-me strength is to revise what is possible. That strength shows up in how often I transform my hair (yes, I’m an optimist that THE perfect cut will someday be found), how I transformed my home in three different locales, the transformation needed to elect a Democrat in a very Republican district, the transformation of a childcare center that was housed in an abandoned jail, and how I prepare myself and teams to take on impossible projects. Create a state-of-the-art environment for children and their teachers? Yes, we did. Raise $2Billion for an unimaginable disaster? Yes, we did. Thank 2M donors in two weeks? Yes, we did. And finally, my inherent strength to revise what is possible transformed ME personally – after long, hard, and committed work, I shifted my approach to intimate relationships and now have the most profound, extraordinary, and satisfying life with my beloved.

These days, I focus on my two passions – accelerating women’s philanthropy as well as developing leaders for nonprofits. These passions are linked. In both domains, success comes from looking within to identify strengths, as well as become aware of the stories, assessments and behaviors getting in the way of transformation. Then we can take on the commitment and create new pragmatic practices and actions to achieve new outcomes we could not have imagined.

Together, let’s revise the possibilities in the nonprofit sector. Let’s share our experiences, questions, failures and concerns for the sake of strong leadership as well as more funding for our missions, particularly by accelerating women’s philanthropy.

2 Comments

  1. Elizabeth Wilson
    February 22, 2017

    Dear Ms. Loehr,
    Thank you so much for your articulate and inspirational story and example. I agree with and share so much of what you have experienced.

    Working toward (and encouraging others) revising what is possible and reaching for the ideal in all things,

    Elizabeth

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