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!

 

 

 

 

Motivation, Where are You?

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Have you ever felt stuck in a rut or found yourself looking for the inspiration to keep picking up your tired feet to keep moving? Sometimes, even when you love what you do, it’s hard to find the inspiration to keep going. Why? I’ve found there’s several reasons. Let me know if you agree:

You’re Drained: Giving it your all requires a lot of energy! Not only do you have to account time for work and following your dreams, but there has to be enough left in your tank for family, friends, and other daily tasks that present themselves. It can leave you feeling like there aren’t enough hours in the day to do everything!

Unexpected Emergencies: There are situations that appear out of the blue that need your immediate attention: there’s a death in the family; your car quit running; your son is sick. These items take you away from your daily routine, putting you behind in what you planned to accomplish for the day. Now, not only do you need the energy to deal with what just happened, but to also finish the work that you planned on completing during that time period.

Negative Work Relationships: Has someone recently slighted you; promising to deliver one thing and not following through? What about the annoying co-worker or boss that continues to spew negative energy with complaints? Or your paycheck is short and you’re worried about how to survive the next few weeks?

I bet you’re wondering, “Is there any hope? Will my mojo ever kick back in? When will I ever be motivated again?”

Here’s some sure-fire tips to grease your motivation gears:

Remember Your ‘Why’: Revisit your ‘why’.There’s a reason you started your business, began looking for a new job or set a new  goal. Remember what inspired you to take a stand and start the process. Your purpose is usually tied to fulfilling a dream or realizing that change needs to happen. My ‘why’ involves helping others and leaving a legacy for my child. I founded JRobinson DMS to help small businesses and non-profits create an online presence; allowing them the time to re-invest their energy into what they do best. I want to grow this effort to a profitable state, leaving my son the option of keeping the dream alive or selling it to the benefit our family. Remember your why when life gets tough and all looks lost. It will help you to dig deep and stay the course!

Remember Your Why

Remain Positive: Attitude is everything! What you think about has a way of coming to fruition. Find beauty in the little things. You’ll find that focusing on something positive will turn daily tasks and situations around. My mother sends me a scripture every day and the verse is usually about being encouraged or remembering the source of your strength. I wait for her text to begin my work day because I know it will provide the inspiration I need to give it another try to keep moving forward.

Stay Focused: Remaining focused is tough. Life throws you curveballs of distraction on a daily basis. There are things that happen that ruin your plans or routine, making it hard to get back on track. I’ve found when this happens, the best thing to do is focus on one task at a time. It’s important to prioritize what needs to be completed that day because chances are you won’t be able finish everything planned. Take a deep breath, count to 10, or what ever needs to be done to clear your mind and get back to it!

If you’re having a hard time committing to any of the suggestions mentioned above, remember that prayer works too! Ask Him for help with remembering your ‘why’, remaining positive and staying focused. He’ll give you the answer to keep pushing and to carry on!

Yours in the bond,

JRobinson, Owner and Founder, JRobinson Digital Media Services

 

What it Means to Truly Trust

Have you ever thought you were over-prepared for a situation, only to find out that you had very little of what you needed? These moments knock you on your rear and call for a lot of improvisation and prayer. Just when you thought you knew you had every security in place (savings, reliable transportation, side hustle) they were stripped from you, one by one. And as you watch them crumble and fall to the wayside, you’re left thinking, “what the heck have I gotten myself into?”

Here’s the funny thing about being human: you can’t predict the future! So although you think you’re prepared to take a leap of faith, you have no clue about what’s around the corner. And once all your securities are yanked from your hands; you have nothing left but hope and prayers.

Isn’t this the way we should’ve started  though? Hope and prayer should have been the main items that prepared us to make the move. Hope and prayer gives us the answers in His perfect timing. Hope and prayer guide us to true trust, which is blind faith and assurance that it will all work out.

There’s nothing stupid about taking risks or making a leap of faith; especially if it’s something you’re passionate about. God never promised that it would be easy, though. There will be unexpected road blocks, obstacles and situations that your brain couldn’t even imagine you’d encounter!

You can’t prepare for ALL of the unexpected. Is that emergency fund making you feel secure? Have back-to-back-to-back emergencies happen and watch it disappear. Did the deal with the potential client that  you were banking on to provide you the cushion needed to walk away fall through at the last minute? Should you still make your move and leave?

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The answer is we don’t have the answers, only God does. All He asks from us in return is the courage to live your dreams and to follow Him with blind faith. The path to your dreams won’t look like anything you planned, but you will get there by truly trusting Him.

A friend recently shared  this video clip with me and it refueled my trust in Him. Steve Harvey talks about taking risks and jumping toward happiness. In only a way he can describe, he lets us know that once you jump, you will hit some bumps and jagged edges, and the parachute will seem defective; however, as you continue to drop, it eventually opens.

You have to truly trust in order for the parachute to open.

Have you taken that leap of faith and are waiting on that parachute to open? If it’s an online presence you need to place wind under your wings, we’re more than happy to help!

JRobinson, Owner & Founder, JRobinson Digital Media Services

 

Do What’s within Your Control; He’ll Take Care of the Rest

Blog Graphic.pngSaturday, I made a road-trip  to my hometown to meet up with some friends at a festival. It was only meant to be a two-day stay; I planned on leaving Sunday afternoon. But I’m still here. Why? As I attempted to start my car to meet my friends Saturday, it wouldn’t start. After both my brother and the next door neighbor attempted to jump-start the car, we ended up having it towed to a auto-service shop. Now it’s Monday afternoon and they still have no clue what’s wrong with it. So what’s a girl to do?

I could easily sit here and mope; be on the verge of a panic attack; worry and fret. After all I’m human, and when my mind wanders to the things I should be doing at home, I’m only 30 seconds away from doing one of these things. But I’ve been praying since the day my car wouldn’t start; I know God will handle whatever I’m not able to do because He’s constantly looking out for me. He always handles the rest.

So I’ve decided to focus on what’s positive. Because I’m still here, I had another day to spend with my family. I had lunch with my brother and mom, then headed to the park with my brother to meet up with my cousin, her boyfriend and their daughter. That evening, I attended my hometown church and was able to greet and talk to people that I haven’t seen in a while. And today, as I wait, I’m spending time with my son; completing some work while he naps. I’m making memories that I should be thankful for, all because my car decided to not cooperate.

 

“Thanks for changing up the pace, God. This could have been just another ordinary Monday; but one negative occurrence led to several positive experiences. I choose to cherish these moments and let you take care of the rest.”-JRobinson

 

Are you in a situation where there’s something you can’t handle? If it’s social media marketing or creating an online presence, we’ve got you covered. Just focus on what’s in your control and we will handle the rest! Click here to complete our Contact Us form and let’s start a conversation!

 

 

JRobinson, Owner & Founder, JRobinsonDMS