The Most Valuable Business Element Is…

Satan tried to steal my joy earlier this week because I din’t get the project that I spent so many consecutive hours (almost 48) working on and lost the bid. I had my pity party moment, doubted my capabilities, and felt bad about the people I let down because I didn’t get the gig. I thought God was sending me this opportunity as a means of making some extra income; it would have been an answer that could have easily solved some of my current money issues. But after further reflection, I believe that He wanted me to learn a different lesson.

I told my husband that I didn’t get the job and his immediate response was,”Well, at least you have a couple of clients that like your work”. I’m almost ashamed to admit this, but my response was that it’s hard to eat with only a couple of clients. I’m so grateful that I have such an insightful husband (and he probably wasn’t even trying to be in that moment), but his statement stuck with me because he was right!

God wants me to appreciate what I already have, and I truly am thankful for my clients. They have not only been a blessing to me through supporting my business, but they are amazing people! They are my confidants, I’ve shared successes stories and failures with them. Together we have been through good times and bad times, and when I reflect on the history of my relationships with them, I can truly say that they are my friends.

Value Your Customer

There are many ways to show your customers that you value their business and relationship; here are a few of my favoritess:

  • Make It Personal Do you know your client’s favorite restaurant or drink? What do they like to do in their spare time? Treat your customer with a gift certificate, or if time permits and they’re comfortable with it, take them out to their favorite spot and celebrate your business partnership together!
  • Do Something Unexpected Hand-written notes  are always a pleasant surprise when you’re displaying an attitude of gratitude! Not only will your customer feel appreciated, but the memory will linger with them for the rest of the day and serve as a great moment of reflection for years to come
  • Verbal Thanks A simple expression of thanks goes a long way. Call or your client or meet them in person, thanking them for your relationship and why they are valuable.

Not sure how or where to start? I’ll kick it off!

Thank you, Kimberlee Wright with Young Women Winning, PJ Payne with Your Coffee Fix, and Pastor Tim Daniels with the  Trinity Gardens Church of Christ. It has been a privilege to help build and maintain your online presence; more importantly, I value our friendship! Thank you for the opportunity to learn more about you and share your platforms with the world!

 

 

 

 

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