Granted, bigger funding makes advocacy a lot easier and gives you a wider sphere of influence. And every advocate’s dream is to reach the ends of the world with their message of equality, equity, and fairness. But managing your expectations, making sacrifices, and staying consistent with the cause are key ingredients to a successful life of advocacy. This is the main part of advocacy that the world doesn’t see – the process, the dry spell, the long wait. It is something to be aware of and maximize. If you are in that season currently, don’t just wait it out: work it out, build a track record, and all the good things and impact you dream of will come.
You can be consistent by deciding what you want to do and staying true to it. It could be a project, a course, or a goal you would like to meet. Like we always say, “choosing” is the easy part. The first few weeks you start, it seems pretty easy because you are excited to try something new. But you must decide that after the butterflies fly away, you will still do what you have chosen to do. There are times you will fall but don’t stay there. Get back up and keep going.