Divine You

Hello & welcome to Divine You! A blog experience by me, Robin Pitts.

I am an experienced & results oriented executive support expert, business operations professional, MOMpreneur, blogger and founder of DivineExecutiveSolutionsLLC.com.

My goal and passion is to inspire DIVINE GREATNESS in everyone who comes into contact with me and hopefully more!  I wish to also share with you more about who I am and some of the life experiences that make me the woman I am today (the struggle, oh yes, there’s been struggle and the success.  I thank GOD for both)!  I will share some personal and professional parts of my life and those that eventually turned into a high demand and a growing successful business that has changed my life!  I hope you enjoy my journey and I welcome you to come along and enjoy the ride.

Thank for taking the time to learn more about me, and I look forward to connecting with you soon!

~Robin

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Thanks, but I think I’ll pass…

Are you spending your time wisely? We hear often about people running themselves ragged, tirelessly to meet deadlines and all sorts of demands. Daily! Weekly! Nonstop. Usually, you are the culprit. Yes, YOU (we – me – I  used to be my own culprit) are responsible for getting caught in your rut – at work, at church, at home, socially.  Saying yes, oh sure, I can do, no problem, let me help you, etc… Then, after a while (as you continue to squeeze “stuff” into your busy, hurried, full life), you start to think things like “this is crazy; why am I doing this? why do I always have to do this? I wish someone else could do this.” You start to resent those things and maybe even people. Even worse, you eventually might start to see or feel a physical strain on your face and/or body. {NOTE: THIS IS NOT GOOD}.

“Well, how do I fix this?” is a question I get often. Hire DES LLC to answer some of your solutions is one answer. Get help!

The other answer is this. Learn to say the two letter word. NO. If what you are constantly doing is not essential to your life or your work, let it go. At work, learn to work smarter, not harder. This will take a moment to sit, think and plan. In your personal life, what exactly are you trying to prove, accomplish or resolve?  The answer to saving your own self is to simply stop committing yourself for everything just because you are asked or feel the need to respond to every need. This does not mean you should just start saying no to everything. It’s just time to pause and take full stock of your life, personally and professionally. Live your life purposefully – on purpose. Bring back the joy! Do what is fulfilling. People will understand and life will go on.

All the best!

Robin

It’s Feasible!

Do you have a goal? Most of us do, however, it can be easy to lose focus. If you are like me (I’d like to think that I’m a normal person), the mind can sometimes go a mile per minute. At random times, usually in the middle of the night, I’m thinking about my next day’s to-do list, calls I need to make, my daughter’s volleyball practice schedule, what my mother asked me to remind her to do, kids upcoming picture day (need to schedule their hair appointment, or else), brilliant new business ideas, what I volunteered myself for, dinner, and so on… It is never-ending – until I get to sleep, wake up and usually repeat.

We all have something we set out to do, be it going back to school, tackling a home project, planning a family vacation, or even starting our dream business {I put a check mark next to this on my list this year – yay!}.  It’s the “doing” part that gets a little fuzzy or gets pushed to the back burner when other things pop up that get our attention. When we let good ol’ LIFE happen to us and before you know it, another year has passed (true story).

If this is you, here are a few tried and true tips to help you get to completion – that special place we all want to be:

  • DEFINE. DECIDE and make a personal commitment to YOUR goal. It is yours… You are the boss!
  • Write your goal down and post it in a place where you can see it daily.
  • Do NOT make promises to yourself that you cannot keep.
  • PLAN! Break your goal down into small achievable action steps.
  • WORK! Spend a few moments of dedicated time daily or weekly (or whatever schedule you have decided on) to actually work towards achieving your goal.
  • STOP, STOP, STOP wasting valuable time, especially on things that conflict with your success.

Accountability starts with you! Finish that project.  Enroll in school. Get the family vacation planned.  Be your success story.

Time is tickin’.  Happy goal setting!

Ready, set, business PLAN!

We all have dreams. Many of us, like myself, have always dreamed of starting our own business but for various reasons, some of us have not.  Many of us simply will not and there’s nothing wrong with that, except for the fact that you’ll never know what it could have been like to be successful!

At any rate, many of us get overwhelmed with the thought of business planning, building our brand, opening up shop, developing templates, a website, etc. Some of us, me included, have even unofficially conducted business for years, giving away our dream for FREE. There is nothing wrong with being a giver either, except for the fact that we still will never know what it could be like to be successful in business. 

I want to encourage you to make a decision to move forward. That’s the first step. One of my favorite quotes by Colin Powell, the former US Secretary of State is “A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.” After you activate your faith and decide to actually live out your dream, start creating a business plan. A business plan will help you get clear about your purpose and will be your roadmap towards success.

There are several key parts to a business plan. The Small Business Association has a great guide to help you create your business plan but here are the nine most important components:

  • Executive Summary (your mission, vision and purpose)
  • General Company Description (what you do)
  • Target Market (who are your products/services intended for?)
  • Products and Services (what are you offering or selling?)
    • Vendors/Supplies (what will you be using on a regular basis? Do you need outside sources to operate?)
  • Competitors (who are your competitors? What’s special or not so special about them? Determine how you are different. What is your niche?)
  • Management and Organization (how will you be structured? Will you need staff to run your business? How will you pay them?)
  • Marketing Plan (how will you get your ideal clients to see/hear about your products/services? What is your sales strategy?)
  • Operational Plan (how are you going to run your business?)
  • Financial Projects and Plan (how much money will you need to start your business? How much will you need to run your business? What are your financial projections for your first year? Next two to four years? What do you expect to profit?)

Research! Research! Research! Review! Edit! Review! Edit and so on until you are confident in your plan! You will learn more as you research and actually start to operate so it’s expected that you will update your plan.

This is where the magic starts.  Now dig in!

P.S. if you are still not sold or if this is just an area that you do not feel so comfortable in, contact DES LLC.  We are happy to assist you!