It’s called ‘Hell Week’ for good reason.
It’s the hardest physical challenge of a Navy SEAL’s 24-week training. It’s where the remaining 20% of recruits are whittled down to the 5%.
A former Navy SEAL who got through ‘Hell Week’ shared an important idea that Jewish leaders can use to get through this current challenge.
Hell Week, which begins 2am Sunday, is the most physically gruelling test these recruits will ever go through.
“Come sun up on Tuesday.” Sean Kernan shares from his Navy SEAL father, “And yet there is still so much to go. That's when guys start thinking things like - It's only Tuesday - how am I going to get through all of this?”
Now here’s the yesod.
"The people that start thinking like this” says Kernan, “are the ones that quit" “Those who make it through, only look a few minutes in front of them.
They don't worry about Thursday or Friday. They’re only focused on each individual exercise. They get through it one thing at a time."
Your own fundraising needs may seem insurmountable.
You may have asked yourself, “How am I going to get through this? How can I possibly raise the budget in this climate?”
If this happens, when the challenge seems like it might be too much for you, Kernan says “Lower your gaze to whatever next step is right in front of you.”
Not sure what your next step should be?
Can you make one call? How about another? Keep moving. Just keep one foot in front of the other.
And at a certain point - those who’ve been fundraising for a few years will recognize this - when you may have to reach rock bottom, out of left field, i'yh, you’ll get that unexpected dream donation, which will take you all the way to your goal.
B’Hatzlacha raba raba,