On the Regular (Evolving the Habit) / by Tristan Irvine

If you're like me, you have a hard time keeping a Habit, if not enjoy the train wreck. Ever since I was a kid, I had a hard time focusing. I was a big problem in school and was always getting into trouble. I still am with those around me, sorry. If it was up to me, I would have given up any dream I would have had. However, thanks to those around me, I was pushed to follow my dreams. How can one such of myself even think of starting a company? 

Keeping a habit will be an ongoing battle, which will take many tools. A journal, reminders on your phone, and the constant work of doing everything over and over again. It will never end, for example, I still forget to take out the garbage. Chasing after your dreams and taking the steps to be successful, is ultimately a choice. I still struggle, and most of the time, it's me trying to fix problems as they are happening. However, I know what it will take to stop life being like that. It takes a constant upkeep, and dedicated times and dates to prepare. Creating content needs to be scheduled, and I know, how can you schedule art? You can't control inspiration, or can you. A constant theme will pop up on my blogs, you can't control perfection. When you feel inspired, grab a notepad and just start recording your thoughts in a short form. Sometimes you will lose some sleep trying to work out your vision, but don't make it a habit. Take your dedicated time you have for content creation, and apply your notes here. Depending on how good of notes you take, you will have your vision up and running. It's okay to mess up, or something not being good enough, you will get better with the MORE you do! 

Staying out of trouble is important, but getting into trouble can be a teaching moment. However, if you're not learning from the trouble you get into, then you're going to lose time on your dreams. Being honest with yourself is extremely important, and it will help you be honest with those around you. Being loud, and being honest are two very different things. Being loud can be a distraction from reflection, and realizing character building moments. There's a big difference between having character and being a character. When you get closer to your dreams, you will meet like-minded people, with like-minded dreams. Those people can help your dreams come to fruition. However, you can't show up looking a mess, you need to be on point and passionate about what you do. That takes time and self-realization that you are worth it. Double down on your vision, and always be willing to learn!

Starting a company is one of the hardest things to do, and I am still developing it. However, you need to treat your one-person show, like a company. You being a one-person show, is you building your own company. When you collaborate with others, those are like your coworkers. You will need to get along with them and respect each other's boundaries and talents. You do you, and they do them, and you all will get along. However it is okay to ask for help, and it's okay to learn and ask for help. Just don't do it too much. Self-realization moment is that I am excited to learn new things, seeing new things is exciting to me. I am always looking for a way that can further help display my dreams. 

I do want to leave this important message about keeping a journal. Journals can be a very powerful tool, especially with what kind of journal you get. There are SO many versions out there. There is a Classic lined journal, a lineless journal which you can keep sketches. Then there are special journals like "Panda Journals." Amazon Panda Journals, they are the coolest! They have calendars in the front for a broader stroke, along with weekly journals. It's more of a Planner then a journal, what makes it a journal is the habit-forming things along the way. It will ask you how you feel, what are your goals, successes, failures, and what could make a better change. Leave it on your desk for a daily and nightly review. Like brushing your teeth. Keep it at home, and use your phone for everything in-between. Googles calendar and various apps can help you integrate with your phone that much easier. Keep everything in one place, it will help you stay organized. Minimalize, and try not to complicate anything. Keep your areas clean and organized as well, it will all reflect in your mind. 

Godspeed!