Who’s your best friend? It’s probably not you.

If you’re like me, you talk to yourself in ways you would never talk to a friend or loved one or even an acquaintance.

It’s a habit and pattern that goes by many names: Your inner critic. Your shadow. Impostor syndrome. And nearly everyone has it.

 And when your inner critic follows you to the workplace, things get messy. 

 The not so great news: You can’t change many of the things that make fundraising so hard. You can’t make your boss a better manager. You can’t get the Board to stop thinking about fundraisers as bounty hunters. And you can’t get some of your colleagues to stop thinking about fundraising as a ‘necessary evil.’

 The better news: You can change yourself. And that can make a big difference.

 During the pandemic I trained as a teacher in something called Mindful Self-Compassion. It’s a set of resilience practices with an evidence-based track record of taming inner critics, reducing shame and providing some potent tools for managing difficult emotions.

 With my friend and colleague Rebecca Scott of Cultivating Leadership, I will be leading a six-session workshop starting in January to share these powerful practices. And because you are a friend of Sea Change, we can offer a 25% discount on the tuition. (If you are BIPOC or from any other marginalized identity, the discount is much steeper.)

 Check out the details here. Use code MINDFUL25 on check out to get $125 off the class fee.

 Classes will run on six successive Tuesdays, beginning January 17th. Each interactive and experiential session will last two hours.

 There are literally thousands of peer-reviewed studies that support the efficacy of Mindful Self-Compassion. Rebecca and I have personally found it to be a powerful antidote to self-judgment and shame, and a source of strength for enduring the tumult all around us.

 Join us on this journey. Get a new best friend for 2023 – yourself.

 P.S. Questions? Give me a holler at mark.rovner@seachangestrategies.com. We also offer the course for work teams and pre-formed groups.