You look at the long term:
__ You develop a vision that guides your long-term effort, and allows you to see the road ahead as one that may be long and winding, but that leads inevitably to a chosen end.
__ You remain flexible so you can respond to changes in attitudes, circumstances, and needs as time goes on, in order to keep moving toward the fulfillment of your vision.
__ You maintain your gains, and don't get complacent, so that you're always moving forward, rather than trying to make up lost ground.
__ You're patient, and continue to work at advocacy, even when it may seem that nothing is happening as a result of your efforts.
__ You persevere over the long term, continuing to work indefinitely in the service of your vision.
You plan for the long term:
__ You create a participatory strategic planning process.
__ You consider the issue in its historical, political, economic, and social context.
__ You anticipate short- and long-term trends and attitudes.
__ You develop short- and long-term goals and objectives.
__ You choose short-term goals that are achievable, and can be used to motivate your allies and supporters to persist in their advocacy.
__ You make sure that your ultimate goal is realistic, not a huge global vision that you can't possibly influence without world-wide or nation-wide organization and support (unless a feasible part of your goal is to construct that organization and support through your advocacy).
__ You are proactive, offering ideas for resolving issues, instead of waiting for others to propose plans.
You prepare for the long term:
__ You prepare yourself by creating organization or an organization, paying attention to:
- Day-to-day management.
__ You prepare and motivate allies and other supporters by:
- Being honest about the need for perseverance and the probability of at least occasional setbacks.
- Maintaining and demonstrating optimism and passion for the cause.
- Liberally handing out public and private praise
- Celebrating successes and effort.
__ You prepare and educate policy makers by establishing and maintaining relationships with them, and giving them the benefit of your research and knowledge of the issue.
__ You prepare and educate the public by working closely with the media.
You commit to the long term:
- Drive to continue the effort
- Reevaluation and adjustment of the plan
- Maintenance of past gains and of the effort as a whole