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Fear’s Purpose: Can You Handle the Fight?

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Have you ever had a gut wrenching pain around the time that a new challenge presents itself? Do you ever feel anxious or throw up as the time to deliver what you promised approaches? Do you wake up before the early alarm clock sounds in nearly a panic attack; having to take deep breaths to calm down? Then you are not alone. These feelings are normal and serve a purpose. You may not like it, but fear prompts action and here’s why it needs to remain present in your life!

When fear sets in, it presents a call to action, but you still have a choice. You can either let the emotion consume you and do nothing, or start moving and attempting to complete the task that ‘s giving you anxiety.

Listen to the Fear Alarm

Fear is a reminder that something is unsettled and needs attention. It won’t go away until you address it. That gut-wrenching feeling that can bring up nausea is there for a reason. We can try to pretend you don’t know what’s going on and avoid the situation, but in our heart-of-hearts, we know why it’s there. What’s so funny is once you begin working on tackling the problem, you forget the reason you were afraid and the fear subsides. This leads me to believe that God allows fear to set in  order to get us in motion. Once we prove that we are willing to meet the challenge he removes the feeling that got us moving. Mission accomplished! Be sure to respond to fear’s alarm clock; it was set for a purpose!

Avoid Opportunity Costs

I’m writing about this topic because I have a personal struggle with laziness and procrastination on the DAILY.  Every morning, I wake up before my 3:30 a.m. alarm sounds off. I like to think it’s God’s way of whispering “time to get up and do work”. But at least once (ok, maybe twice) a week, I turn the alarm off and roll back over for more sleep. When I finally wake up two hours later, I regret taking the extra hours of rest because I lost time to be productive for my business. My mind runs through the thoughts of what I could have accomplished had I woke up at the designated time. There’s a reason I set the alarm for that time. Reminding myself of the “why” helps me get up when I’m overwhelmed or just plain tired put my feet on the ground and start moving.What opportunity costs are you risking because you choose to ignore that feeling of fear or anxiety? Listen carefully, it’s attempting to nudge you in the right direction.

Keep Moving!

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The fear factor is real! It will cause to become so overwhelmed that you stand still and do nothing. Don’t allow fear to sink so deeply into your soul that you can’t lift your head and call on God for the strength to move! This is why it’s so important to respond to fear’s call as soon as you hear it; because, once it resides in your inner being, it becomes harder to move and take action!

Action doesn’t always look like you’re running toward achieving goals and tasks. Sometimes you have to start with baby steps, and that’s ok; they still equal forward progress! Once you become committed to moving, God will continue to supply what you need to get through it. You have to show a desire to get out of your situation and move on before you can receive the additional support to carry out the mission. He truly helps those who help themselves!

Be grateful for being disturbed with fear. It’s a sign that God has a purpose for your life and he wants to move you toward your promising future!

Yours in the Bond,

JRobinson

 

Are You a Hidden Figure? Be Grateful!

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2 Reasons to be grateful for being the person behind the scenes

My family and I recently went to see the movie, “Hidden Figures” and I left the theatre feeling so inspired! The movie was based on a true story that very few people know and, had it not been for the movie, we might have still been unaware. Three African-American women-Katherine Johnson ,Dorothy Vaughan , and Mary Jackson – during the height of the civil rights movement were employed by NASA. They played pivotal roles in the first successful flight orbiting the earth by Astronaut John Glenn. A mathematician, engineer and program manager helped shaped the course of American history because they had the courage to be persistent, hopeful, and unwavering in their beliefs. As I thought about the movie after it was over, it prompted self reflection. I realized that I have been a hidden figure for  most of my professional career, including now; and I’m more than ok with that fact; I am grateful. Here are three reasons why the person behind the scenes is the true winner.

We have the Power to Get Things Done

Because they were black, these ladies encountered extra challenges just to do their jobs. Segregation required that they use separate restrooms, water fountains and even coffee pots. There was a scene that brought this law to life where Taraji Henson’s character, Katherine had to run to a building over a mile away to relieve herself because there were no restrooms for colored women in the main building where she was assigned. There was a point where she became frustrated, after having to run in heels through the rain to go the restroom. She was so fed up that she angrily voiced her frustration to her supervisor when he asked her why she was always away from her desk for so long. Because she spoke up, he tore the  Colored restroom sign down ,and the separate but equal law became null and void within the walls of NASA.you-have-the-power

Women will do whatever it takes to fulfill their responsibilities, accomplish goals and succeed. Don’t count her out because there are obstacles and challenges that others would not dare dream of having to tackle. She will fight for her right to have whatever she needs to survive. And just when life gets too hard, and she’s reached her breaking point, God steps in (in the flesh, through others) and gives her what she needs to carry on.

Hidden Figures are Puppet Masters

The hidden figures from the movie did not receive the credit for what they accomplished at NASA until many years later. While they were working, they were not even allowed to put their names on research reports; only men’s names were published. But without their brilliance, none of the achievements that NASA accomplished would have been possible. They stepped in at the right moments to provide solutions to problems that their colleagues could not provide. They were the puppet masters behind the curtain; pulling the strings to guide situations in the right direction.

You have power and influence; don’t down play it’s importance just because it isn’t immediately known that those where your choices and hard work. That information eventually comes to the light and you will be rewarded. So keep putting your best effort forward, you will receive the recognition in due time!

 

Slow and Steady Wins the Race!

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Hope for slow growth! 3 Reasons that God’s preparing you to handle greatness!

When when we’re in the planning phase of building our dreams, we only imagine the positive benefits of achieving them.  We paint such  a pretty picture that even our timelines to reach these goals are unrealistic; and, because it’s uncharted territory, who really knows how long it will truly take? Business courses teach us to approach strategies through a SWOT analysis which helps identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. But when you’re looking through rose-colored lenses, it’s pretty easy to overlook the opportunities and threats.

So you stepped out on faith and are now walking in your new reality. If it’s anything like my experience, it’s much harder than you thought it was! It feels more like you’re walking than running with all the energy that’s been pent up to run this race. Tasks that you thought should be simple don’t come as easily as everything else because you aren’t experienced in doing them. Your client base isn’t growing as fast as expected and you’re working the extra jobs that it takes to pay the bills longer than you thought you would. Have you ever asked God, “Why is this taking longer than it should? Why are there so many road blocks in my path to success?” Here are three hints that might lead to the reason you’re in the slow lane when you believe you should easily be passing others up. Embracing where you are will allow you to appreciate the journey!

Natural Talent Isn’t Enough

When I started this business, it was based on the success that I had a volunteer and eventually getting paid to be a social media manager. I noticed that I had quite a bit of natural talent; things were easy and intuitive. I quickly caught on to updates and what our target audience wanted to see most. This lulled me into a false sense of confidence that I had everything thing that it took to become a social media manager. Ha! Was I ever wrong! I quickly learned that there was a lot that I didn’t know. I struggled, and continue to struggle, but, through the struggle  I have witnessed growth. I now take classes and read industry articles to become better at my craft; and, during this learning process I continue small-victories-jrobinsondmsto thank God for the small victories along the way. Sometimes you have to run into a brick wall to get this lesson, so hopefully I’m reaching someone who will learn from my mistake. Acquiring additional knowledge and continuing your education are key to staying on top of things and setting yourself apart. It will make you better. You will become the best version of your self if you continue to seek wisdom and knowledge!

There’s More to it Than You Thought

As an entrepreneur, I feel like I learn something new everyday! When I first started this business, I had a plan and implemented it. Little did I know that that plan was NOT comprehensive. But I would not have learned what I was missing had I not started. Life is full of unforeseen variables; we just have to get out there and try to do our best. Not only will we learn things along the way, but we will encounter others who have like-minded goals. These are the people that will understand the most and you can eventually lean on when things get tough. Moral of the story: It’s ok to not know everything; just like life, it’s all a learning process!

Beware of Instant Success; It’s Combustable!

I am now in a position where I can thank God for slow growth. If I had gained all the clients that I expected to have by now, I would have been overwhelmed and ignorant about how I could be of service to them. There are so many things that I have learned that have helped me to develop my craft. At times, I think, “wow, I didn’t event know that” feeling that I should have already had that information. At this point, I’m just grateful that I have gained the knowledge and information that I used to not have. It has been a humbling but very valuable experience.

Be grateful for teachable moments and remember to look for God in every situation. It will help you to understand the benefits of slow growth and to handle trying moments without frustration!

Stay Blessed, My Friends!

JRobinson

It’s Time to Birth Your Pregnant Plan!

3 tips for overcoming common fears

Personal Perspective of a Person Planning for Work

The table has been set. You’ve made all the arrangements, and the business plan has been finalized. All of the planning stages are finished. All that is left is implementation. So why is it so hard to start? Are you struggling with taking a leap of faith and starting that business, committee, community offering, or non-profit organization? Whatever it is, please know that proper planning is nothing without execution. You eventually have to pull the trigger. Let’s discover why you’re stuck or you provide excuses for your circumstances. What’s really holding you back? Could it be one of these common items below?

Fear of the Unknown: Let’s face it: we’re responsible adults with bills, mortgages, and student loans that need to be paid off. We enjoy the security of a regular paycheck that includes health care coverage ( I especially miss these at times). Is your dream of entrepreneurship being held back because of what looks like security? We live in an age where companies are no longer loyal to dedicated employees. That job could be gone within a snap of someone’s deciding finger. Life is too short to wonder what might have happened if you followed through on that plan, so go for it!

A Shift in Rituals & Lifestyle– If you’re anything like me, you’re a creature of habit. When you try something new, you have to release your old schedule to find something that works for your new lifestyle. This may sound easy, but it is oh so very hard! Figuring out how to get things done while you’re not totally sure about what you’re doing can be a nightmare. Don’t fret. There is light at the end of the tunnel.! What I learned, after I finished pulling my hair out in the first few months, was to group similar work items, turn off all distractions and focus on one task at a time. Accomplish things in small chunks and you will cross the finish line!

Leaving your Comfort Zone– this is one of the most difficult things to do, especially if your life is really comfortable right now. Leaving your comfort zone could entail leaving your steady paycheck, public speaking, or networking. All of these things are challenges, but if you’re willing to tackle them, you will reap the reward! Loss of a comfort zone is when you truly learn to let go and let God. He is the only being that you can truly rely on when no one else understands what it is that you’re going through. You’ll learn to talk and look for Him daily. Not only that, you’ll learn to trust His promises. He will never leave you or forsake you!

Need some additional tips on taking the proverbial leap and changing the course of your existence? Listen to T.D. Jakes’ sermon below! He provides the perfect motivation for making a shift in your life!

 

Stay faithful!

JRobinson

Communicate: Can’t Is Not an Option!

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3 Communication Tips that Deliver Results

Have you ever felt like you’re having a one-sided conversation with someone where you’re doing all the talking and there’s no response on the other end (crickets, not even white noise!)? Is it crucial that you communicate with this someone to get your work done or complete your project? I know you feel like banging your head against the wall because you’re frustrated and at your wit’s end (trust me, I’ve been there); but don’t give up! There’s still things to do as you await a response, because eventually that person or group will come around. Try these communication tips and let us know if they work out for you!

  • Evaluate Your Approach  and Timeline for Response Think about the medium you’re using to communicate. Everyone isn’t a phone person, and others prefer texting or emails. Recall the last time you interacted and on which platform received a response. I’m not a gambler, but I’d bet that the last form of communication is hoe that person prefers to communicate. If it isn’t your favorite, step outside of your comfort zone and try.
  • Keep Reaching Out Communicating with this person is part of your job. You can’t give up even though you’ve tried. Do as much of the work as you can without an answer from your team-mate while continuing to reach out. You never know what someone is going through. Maybe they just need the distance to recollect themselves before participating. This is the moment where you can not let your insecurities of rejection or negativity seep in. Continue to do what you know is the right thing, because persistence eventually pays off! It may take 100 attempts, but if you receive response, it’s worth it!
  • Be Patient and Pray While you wait and as you continue to work, it’s important to be patient and pray. I have started a daily habit of praying for my clients, family, and friends, specifically lifting their names in prayer. I ask that God gives them whatever it is that they need to make it through the day. I pray for prosperity in their lives, and that they receive the strength, courage, and wisdom to achieve their goals. I basically request the things for them that I know I need from Him every day. Life is challenging and there are times when we need others to pray for us when we just don’t have the energy to do it ourselves. Prayer is the best response to a silent partner because you can not read their minds; only God truly knows what that person is battling. Pray for a spirit of positivity for this person because it will change their outlook on their current situation.

Remember that life is a team sport; we need each other to make it, especially during dark moments. And with God’s help,  we succeed together!

Stay blessed,

JRobinson

 

 

 

 

Celebration Time! JRobinson DMS Turns 1!

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Wow! I can’t believe it’s been a year since I took my customer service order and sent out my first invoice through JRobinson Digital Media Services! It’s been a blessing to find my passion  and to walk into my calling. When most people ask me what it’s like to be an entrepreneur, I usually describe it as a beautiful nightmare! It’s been nothing like I expected, but it has also been rewarding in unexpected and unconventional ways! I had no idea how much I didn’t know about running a business; but I would never have known what I know now without taking a leap of faith to go out and start!

I have grown so much, professionally and personally! I have been through challenges that only God can bring me through and I have learned to look for Him daily (thanks, Mom)! I know that I need Him every day!

How befitting that I started this during a month of thankfulness! I’m so thankful for my family, friends, clients and everyone that has expressed encouragement in following my dreams! None of this would have been possible if it had not been for you! You all keep me motivated to continue, even in my darkest moments. I thank you, whole-heartedly for your support!

Please continue to pray for the success of my business and be on the lookout for JRobinson Digital Media Services-the best is yet to come!

His thankful servant,

JRobinson

Solitude’s Journey:Here’s Why You’re Not Alone!

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There’s a presence in your solitude. Look for the teachable moments in the stillness of the moment.

Do you ever feel like life has dragged you into isolation? That no matter what you do to succeed results in failure and distances you from your goals? Or do you feel that you are the person that is standing in the way of your own success? The irresponsible steps and mistakes  that you subconsciously make end up making a huge impact on your life. Trust me-You are not alone.  These are feelings that most of us experience. There is a reason you are being set apart. Here’s why.

You’re Growing: Sometimes God isolates us so that all we can hear is His voice. Life’s many distractions  bog us down with all types of  unnecessary white noise. You have to be still and listen for His guidance. There are times when I feel like everything is going wrong-wrong to me means that it isn’t going as I planned. But I’ve realized that if I just keep moving and pressing forward, He always works it out! And it is usually in a manner that no one could have even dared to dream! Look for God  during  dark moments. Instead of holding your head down in defeat; hold it up to seek and feel His presence. He did not bring you this far to leave you!

Change of Scenery: As you grow, you need to rely on a different set of resources to carry you through. When we are unable to see the right choices or find the right path, God plucks us out of danger and puts us on the right track. Have you ever noticed how your circle of friends changed? Or how you stumbled upon a good technique that you turned into a habit and included it in your daily routine? He put these occurrences, friends, situations into your life to continue your growth process. There is power in stepping out of your comfort zone and trying new things to gain positive results. Sometimes we just need a push in the right direction and the encouragement to  carry on. You can do it!

Miracles Happen: Believe it or not, you are not in control! In spite of all the planning, forecasted or other prepared predictions, no man knows the future. Failure occurs because of unknown variables. There are things that our brains can not even fathom when planning a project, a trip, or other life events. When our efforts result in failure ,but we continue to get back up is when grace steps in. There are times that God allows us to try it our way and fail to test our faith. When you feel like a loser but don’t quit, and then finally succeed in an unexpected way is the moment that it had nothing to do with you. It was Him. He’s the reason you booked your next freelance gig; received an undeserved promotion. It’s because of Him that you overcame your battle with bad health or survived a car wreck you caused. He pulled you out and set you apart to let you know that you are not alone; He’s with you! If that isn’t a shouting moment, I don’t know what is! During moments like this, all I can think to say is “thank you, Jesus!” Don’t you agree?

Solitude is not a prison sentence. It’s a necessary state of being to help move you forward in life! Remember to be grateful for the stillness, listen for His guidance, and look for the miracles that are about to happen!

Yours in the Bond,

JRobinson

Issue Resolved: 3 Tips for Dealing with Frustration

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Have you ever been frustrated with a project or task you’re working on? Are you beyond the point of anger and confusion of dealing with a client or coworker? These uncomfortable feelings often arise because we have a problem with setting expectations or taking action steps that align with the goal. It’s not an issue that is a one-sided failure; rather, a result of poor communication.

We often assume that we’re in agreement with our clients or team mates because we use the same words to describe the expected outcome, but the frustration sets in when the visual or physical product looks completely different from what our minds perceived. For example, let’s say we’re agree to paint a picture of a city skyline and sell it for a profit. Both parties paint their versions of the same skyline and the outcome appears completely different. How does this happen and is this really a problem?

Here’s how I’ve learned to deal with unfavorable outcomes. It’s important to remember that there is always room for improvement, and with adjustment, you can achieve expected results!

  1. Stay in the Moment! Stop the drama playing in your head and continue to communicate. We’ve all been disappointed and have acted out in, in our minds, what we want to say or do to the other party. These negative thoughts do NOT help the situation. Instead of running away from the problem confront it and talk through it with your partner, client, or co-worker. When you talk about the problem and trouble shoot for solutions, something positive comes out of that confrontation.”               [Read  The Muse: How Resilient People Get Through Really Hard Times]
  2. Seek the advice of Good Counsel. Talk to a mentor, your counselor, or a wise friend who won’t repeat your conversation.  Theses are the best resources to vent your initial anger to because they will help you focus on the true issue and provide constructive feedback. After you’ve blown off steam, your mind is clear and you can continue to work through the frustration with the perspective of getting back on track. It’s important to never confront the source of your frustration while angry; it only makes a bad situation worse. Instead, talk it out, calm down and prepare to calmly confront the other person. [See Forbes: 3 People You Should Actually Take Advice From]
  3. Keep Working! Don’t end your project on a bad note because of an initial hiccup of differences. We’ve all been victims of the infamous “deer-in-headlight” momments; but, it’s important to step away from this mindset and keep moving! Do what you need to do let the anger go, then get back to work, because you’re not finished. You will be victorious! [See 12 Examples of Persistence Paying Off]

Now it’s time for you to get out of your funk and put these bullet points into action! You can and you will conquer this problem! Remember to stay in the moment, seek out good advice, and keep working!

Yours in the bond (and the struggle),

JRobinson, Owner and Founder JRobinson Digital Media Services

Who’s Got the Perseverance Spirit? You Do!

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Perseverance is the toughest action that we decide to do. Most things don’t just happen overnight,and many of us don’t realize this until later on in life, or after we’ve given up. Or perhaps, you’re like me and just didn’t observe that you’ve been prepping for perseverance all along!  As I reflect on my youth, I’ve become aware that this is precisely what I’ve been doing, and it has prepared me for one the most ‘persevering’ experiences that I never expected to encounter: entrepreneurship. It’s one of the most slow-moving, highs-and-lows,gut-wrenching, stick-it-out time periods in my existence! I like to think of it as a beautiful nightmare, where’s there’s so much potential to for success mixed with the fear of the unknown.

I am so grateful to have learned not to be a quitter- not giving up so quickly through good and bad things. Here are a few high (and low)lights of the perseverance training that I have personally experienced:

  • Piano Practice: Every day after returning home from school, I had to practice the piano, before attending my piano lesson instructor on Mondays. Most times I dreaded practicing; but, it was almost impossible to complain because I was the one who literally begged my mother to sign me up for them! Even though I dreaded the routine of practicing, I enjoyed the result of putting in the work: beautiful music, that became effortless because of time spent practicing!
  • Sports: I’ve been playing organized sports since I was in the sixth grade. I worked hard to make the varsity volleyball and basketball teams, and in the off seasons, played softball and ran track. Today, I’m still a runner and compete for personal best times in 5 and 10Ks and half-marathons. You can’t just show up to the starting line of a race and expect to do well. It requires weeks, sometimes months of training!
  • Higher Education-Obtaining a master’s degree was one of the most disciplined things I’ve ever done. I returned to school in my early thirties when there was more to do than just being a full-time student. I worked, nursed and took care of my newborn baby, and studied. God, prayer, and bottomless cups of coffee helped me earn the certificate that stated I completed my course studies. It’s an accomplishment that no one can belittle or steal from me!
  • Working Multiple Jobs-Working more than one job has helped me create and maintain a schedule. I wake up early-well before the other members in my house open their eyes (including the dog) and work on items that I know have to be done before the end of the day. I’m living a “wash, rinse, repeat” life cycle right now: continue to work through the day, eat,sleep, and do it all over again!

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As I was (and still am) in these moments, I did not take the time to stop and think about what I should be learning (another life lesson). Now that I have forced myself to reflect, I have realized that those daily routines of physical actions taught me how to be patient. They also taught me how to persevere. When you start something new, you’re never as good as you want to be. So what does one do if she wants to be included in the circle of ‘best’? She trains!

 

Training Tips:

  • Do research on the activities that will make you better.
  • Surround yourself with like-minded goals.
  • Seek out a mentor and ask for help

“There is no substitute for persistence! It cannot be supplanted by any other quality! Remember this, and it will hearten you, in the beginning, when the going may seem difficult and slow.”-Napoleon Hill

There are many places and people that I draw inspiration from on a daily basis. Right now, my biggest motivator that spurs on perseverance is knowing that it won’t always be like this. If I keep trying, keep receiving and appreciating the small victories, and continue to put in the work that moves me toward success, then I will achieve my goals.

There is no secret to success; it only requires hard work and determination.You can do the same!

JRobinson, Owner and Founder, JRobinson Digital Media Services

 

 

 

Adulting: Growing up is Hard To Do!

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Let’s face it, being an adult is hard work! And if you were anything like me as a kid, you couldn’t wait to grow up! I wish I could tell the younger version of myself to enjoy the moment and embrace being a kid, because being an adult is not an easy thing!

Do you know one of the hardest things I found about being an adult? Dealing with childish “adults”. These are the humans that are technically considered adults (they’re over 18; many of them well into their 30’s and 40’s) but their thoughts and actions are immature.

Here’s another tough thing to deal with about growing up. We all have our burdens to bear. Most of us don’t talk about our issues because we’re not looking for sympathy and we don’t want to weigh others down.  So we keep our feelings to ourselves, holding our emotions inside until we reach a boiling point and explode. This is not a healthy way to deal with one’s emotions; mentally or physically. There is a better solution, but it involves what’s so hard to do: maturity.

What I’ve recently discovered and have put into practice is sharing life’s difficulties through conversation with true friends. The true friendship aspect is the most important element of opening up. Talking to someone you can trust helps improve your outlook and perspective on things. You will never know if someone can relate to what you’re currently going through unless you verbally communicate your feelings. There’s an added bonus to this type of vulnerability. The person you confess your deepest thoughts to may have actually experienced your current situation and can help! Here’s another kicker: you might be going through the same thing that the person you confided in is and you can help each other out!

I recI invited a friend for coffee that I knew had been struggling, but she had not told me the source of her problems. The day we sat down over coffee was the time that she started to open up. As she was talking, I realized that I had encountered the same problem! Her words confirmed that I was not alone in my way of thinking and that I should not have second guessed what my instincts told me were the truth. We helped each other that day, and it was such an encouraging experience.  It was the kind of experience that encourages me to commit to get outside of my head and share my inner thoughts with the right people.

I challenge you to do the same thing. I promise, the experience will not leave you with your head hanging down; it’ll be more like having a 180 attitude about what you’re going through.

Stay encouraged!

JRobinson, Owner and Founder, JRobinson Digital Media Services