I work for a company of about 350 people. I directly support about 60 of those employees and thanks to the company softball team and simply having worked here for 5 years, I would guess I know another 30 – 40 people in the building, maybe more.
I am also one of those people who supports EVERYONE’S stuff: “Your son, the Boy Scout, is selling holiday wreaths? Of course I’ll buy one!” Same goes for:
- Buying daffodils for the American Cancer Society
- Buying Girl Scout cookies
- Buying pies to support Pie in the Sky – a food bank-like fundraiser
- Donating to someone’s triathlon
- Donating to someone’s marathon run
- Donating to someone’s push up challenge to raise money for a food bank
You name it, if someone’s pushing it at work, I’m supporting it.
So when I signed up for the Run to Home Base (aka the Race to Home Base because I like things to rhyme) and I was informed that I would have to raise $1000 (or pay 1k if I couldn’t raise it), I thought “Well I support everyone else, I hope they’ll support me.” (Side note, to any of my friends who I haven’t supported in the last few months – this is why! I feel terrible not supporting you and donating to your causes, but I told myself I wouldn’t support anything until I find out if I’m paying the whole thousand for this event.)
I was planning to send out my little e-mail to my coworkers on March 1st. Now, on the 13th, I still haven’t sent it out. I’ve written it… and reread it… and reread it… about a dozen times, but I’m nervous to send it out. Thoughts I can’t seem to shake:
- Have I said too much?
- Have I said too little?
- Have I just not made it sound like a worthy enough cause?
- Should I send out the form letter suggested on the website instead?
- Does the form letter sound too much like a form letter and should I go with what I wrote?
Bah! I suck at this…
Are any of you good at this? Do you have any general suggestions? Should I just “man up,” send it out, and not worry about it? Clearly, I’m overthinking it a bit!