Photo by Ian Baldwin

Resistance

I’ve been showing up every day for a little over 3 months. I can feel resistance from my mind and body every morning — fighting me. Part of why I am getting stopped by resistance is I am not fighting it hard enough.

I want to be proactive in pursuing my goals.

Now that I have free time than I did before it more important than ever to have self discipline and self control. That’s the only way I’ll move forward. By giving myself the option to not do something I’ll naturally want to choose being lazy.

That is why I’ll often change my environment by going to Nucleus or a coffee shop with a plan of what I want to accomplish. When I have a plan and remove distractions things get done. Sometimes good distractions come up. Such as your best friend getting married or preparing to go on a missions trip. The planned distractions are good but need to be put on the calendar.

I started out 2017 with taking a course on seanwes, 30 Days to Better Writing. After the 30 days I committed to writing every day for the rest of the year. My goal is to write at least 750 words a day. I won’t always hit that goal but I know I am capable of doing it. I’ve done it before.

What I’ve Been Writing About

I’ve been writing my thoughts on design, how musicians can learn and get plugged into the music industry and music communities, spread their music and message. I publish that writing on the Hear&See blog, Medium and Facebook. I have been working on case studies for Hear&See that I’ll be starting to publish later this month.

Writing has helped me discover things about myself I didn’t realize before and is helping me become more self disciplined.

I’ll brain dump to help clear my head to make room for the work I want to do later in the day. Writing has also helped me show up every day.

Scheduling Time

On top of writing every day I started going to the gym in February to work out. This is something that I have never done for long. I had a good streak going in February since we were doing a close the rings challenge at work. Towards the end of the month I started to get lazy and didn’t go to the gym every day like I had started out doing.

If I put writing and going to the gym on the calendar I know that I’ll do it because I’ve committed to doing it and scheduled it. I don’t know about you but I need to dedicate a time and place so that I commit to the task and show up. These are obvious things — it’s much easier to write and say than do in the moment. Just like the old saying goes “Easier said than done.”

Distractions

Distractions and excuses are a dime a dozen. I’ll often tell myself I need more sleep in the mornings when I don’t need it. I’ll tell myself that I’ll go to the gym after work and won’t bring my work out clothes with me so that I’m prepared. I’ll say I’m going to go to Nucleus or a coffee shop to work on Hear&See but won’t wake up early enough to go their before working at my day job.

I’ve made a list of things that are distracting me and started writing them on my whiteboard if they start distracting me to remind myself to stop getting distracted by that thing.

Things That Distract Me

  • Social Media
  • Chores
  • Sleep
  • Running Errands
  • Text/Phone Calls
  • Email

Most of these things can wait until the evening or weekend for me to give my full attention. Most of those distractions do need or deserve my full attention. They are just take time away from the things that truly matter to me. Time that I can’t get back.

Accountability

It has helped me to have accountability from the seanwes community and my peers that are pursing a similar path as me. I’ve been checking in daily with Regie Bariuan and Damien Schreurs. Damien started the 365 days writing challenge in the community after the 30 Days to Better Writing course finished. We let each other know our word count and what we wrote about. I’ve started taking Sunday’s off because I need at least one day to rest my brain.

In regards to working out at LA Fitness I’ll go with Abby or a friend if I don’t feel motivated to go alone. I will go alone and catch up on a podcast or show I’ve been interested in while running on the treadmill. Working out has helped me feel better all around and has been keeping me active. Before this year I wasn’t very constant with working out. I am sticking to going at least 5 days a week or more.

Creating

I haven’t created much artwork other than the Visual Remixes I did in December. I want to start doing them again — instead of creating something every weekday I will commit to creating one a week — minimum. I am going to build on the habits that I have created and schedule everything around writing and working out.

I am currently available to work with new bands. Let’s talk if you have a project you are interested in having me be apart of.

I create artwork, logos and social media content for bands as well as have 10 years of experience in the design and music industry. I don’t know everything but I do know the people to ask and places to find answers you might be looking for. It all really starts with you and what your goals are.

It has felt good to show up every day in one way or another. Now I just need to continue to show up, set a goal, turn it into a plan, then implement it.


If you got value out of reading this and want to talk about music, growing your fanbase or want to hire me to work on a project you can email me, or reach out to me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.