It is far easier to have a goal than to actually take the action to reach them. Even more, knowing what kind of action to take is equally difficult. Dr. Amber Robins inspires us to reach out to an encourager, someone who will be there to support us to take action steps that will lead us to reaching our goals and visions in life. As a coach, she shares the value of being an encourager herself and how it can be hard for people to find this kind of support. Amber puts herself out there through media to extend her help, become more visible, and to empower more people.
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How The Encourager Can Help You Reach Your Goals with Dr. Amber Robins
I’m here with my special guest, Dr. Amber Robins. She is a family medicine resident physician at the University of Rochester. She’s a personal wellness and a media coach. She’s also an international bestselling author of The Write Prescription. What her hope and what her personal vision is to help motivate others to achieve their best. Truly, she is a Heartrepreneur. Welcome to the show, Dr. Amber.
Thank you for having me. I’m excited to be here.
It’s such an interesting combination. You’re in medicine at the same time you were interested in personal wellness and media. How does all that come to be?
There are several passions of mine. In regards to being a doctor, I got led into that because my dad got diagnosed with a spinal cord injury early on when I was younger. I’ve seen medicine all my life and I’ve also seen the importance of being well and making sure that you’re taken care of, especially in medicine. A lot of doctors, and people in general, get burned out. I see the importance of that. Then the media portion brings everything together because I see patients come in the clinic, but a lot of the patients who I’m trying to reach aren’t necessarily coming into the clinic. Having the outlet of media and getting to people and giving them good information on how to live their lives in a healthier way, that’s important to me too. Media gives me that outlet.
That works together. It’s always interesting and I love to hear how people combine with what they’re interested in and why they got interested. The title of the book is awesome, The Write Prescription. How did that come to be? What’s included in the book? I’ve got lots of folks that own businesses that need to write, want to write, some are writing books and some have books. I’d love to hear what that’s all about for you.
If you call a doctor or whatever they say, “Can you put the right prescription?” That’s a catchy thing that a doctor is also known for. The fact that I love writing, I love journaling and I encouraged patients, family members, friends and everyone to write things down, that’s a way to come up with a goal and meet the goal. The book itself goes through my first year of medical school. The reason why I did it that way is I wanted people to know that it doesn’t matter if it’s in medical school, in life or whatever, everyone has a struggle. The way the book is set up is it starts off when I was first starting and then it ends when I end the first year. Within it are places where the reader can write down what is going on in their life.Writing is the prescription that I’m giving. Click To Tweet
They have different questions about what your goals are and what you do when you’re in a place of being scared or being discouraged. In addition, there are scriptures. Those are the ways that I got through that year and I continue to get through hard times in my life. I felt that it’s always helpful. I know it’s helpful to me to have someone there to hold my hand. In my instance, it’s been my family and my friends, but a lot of people don’t have that. I felt that this would be a companion. I’ll be able to be their companion to walk them through whatever hardships they may have in life. Writing is the prescription that I’m giving.
It’s such a nice and healthy prescription and as an author myself, I journal like crazy and I started writing books after journaling. The journaling is a great process for me to get through whatever life’s curveballs are. What’s it going to look like for you to help motivate others to achieve their best? What’s your vision of doing that? What does it look like?
It’s me actually talking with people about what their goals are and making sure, number one, that they’re realistic goals and that we have things to do in order to get there, so action steps. A lot of times, I find that a lot of people have goals but trying to get there and coming up with those action steps is very difficult. In addition, having someone to be accountable to make it there is difficult. Also, being able to talk with someone to encourage you, finding an encourager is so hard. You would think it’s easier to do but it’s very hard to find someone who’s there to say, “You’re doing a great job. You may need to tweak some things so that you can do it in a better way,” but being there to walk someone through so they can get to that goal. That’s what I would say I do and what I’ve done with several of my clients. I’m walking them through and even my patients too, and letting them know you can do it. You may go through difficult times, difficult struggles but I’m coaching you through that time and pushing toward the goal and where a person wants to be. That’s what I honestly had done throughout my life and now I’m making it a part of how I practice medicine. How I coach is something I naturally did.
Can you give an example of maybe the kind of work you’ve done with a client on that journey?
I have different things. I coach through media, someone who’s interested in being more visible or someone who’s interested in actually tweaking their blog. They have the goal of making sure that their blog looks better or going on television, figuring out what to do in regard to segments. For myself, I do a medical segment. I’ve done several over the last year or so. Then this goes more into the medical side. I talked to a lot of people about weight and helping with weight management. Going from different changes that they can do, and many people actually lose several pounds, fifteen, twenty, and 30 pounds by going through that process. It’s something that I’m passionate about. I feel like a lot of people are very hard on themselves and feel that they make it to wherever they want to be. I found that’s my life passion to help with that and it brings me so much joy to be a part of that, but also to empower someone to give that to someone else, too.Coaching is the gift that keeps on giving. Click To Tweet
Much like with me, what I love doing is the work that I do because it’s a gift to someone else and then for me seeing my clients then bring that out to their clients is like even the bigger gift.
The gift that keeps on giving.
I love it, the gift that keeps on giving. If somebody is struggling with something in their business, their personal life, their health, their career, their relationships, how do they reach out to you? How do they get to know you or experience you?
You can email me at DrAmberRobins@Gmail.com. You can also look at my website, www.DrAmberRobins.com. You can find me on Facebook too and I’m always taking all of those things. Feel free to contact me. I love helping people. That’s why I’m in medicine. That’s why I’m in coaching. That’s why I wrote the book. I would love to hear from whoever is interested in talking with me.
One of the reasons that I wanted to have you on the show is I was on your Facebook and then I went to your website and I said, “This is interesting.” I loved the name of your book. Where can people get the book? Why don’t you give the name of where they can get it?
You can go on Amazon.com, type in The Write Prescription and Dr. Amber Robins and you’ll see the book come up there. That’s a place you can get it as well. Then in the next couple of months and probably continuing even further than that, I’m going to be doing different master classes based on the book and personal coaching and having all that available to people to bring what they want because it’s hard for me to know exactly the goals of people as they go to the book individually unless I have contact with them. It’s bringing whoever is interested together and really talking about what your experience is with the book and how we can get you to that goal, that coaching piece. You can contact me in those different ways and I would love to talk with you.
It’s such a rare treat to have an author who is willing to take you through the book and guide you because it’s very different when we read a book than when we can have contact with the author. We can get some advice and coaching and speak to the author and ask questions. That’s a real gift. I’m going to encourage people to go get a copy of the book. I encourage you to get a copy and connect with Dr. Amber Robins on Facebook. Definitely go to her website. There are great information and knowledge and grab a copy of the book and then take advantage of whatever she’s offering. I want to thank you. I am so honored to speak with you and love hearing how you took things that you’re passionate about and combined them together. It’s brilliant and I hope it inspires other Heartrepreneurs.
Thank you for having me. I enjoyed speaking with you and I’ll continue tuning in to your station as well. I love the content that you have.
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About Dr. Amber Robins
Amber Robins, MD, is a Family Medicine doctor at Georgetown University and medical school graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Dr. Robins has been active in various research studies that include gynecologic cancers, adolescent mothers, and minorities in medicine.
Dr. Robins has written for various media including the PBS News Hour, HuffingtonPost, ABC News, BlackDoctor.org, The Journal for Minority Medical Students in her own column entitled “Diary of a Medical Student”, and 40z Rock Magazine. She has also done medical segments for the national PBS NewsHour and the local Rochester CBS.