8 Things to Start Doing Today to Turn Your Life Around

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If you’re not motivated, haven’t felt alive in a while, feel lost, confused, a bit depressed, or have lost hope and point in the stuff you do, hang in there.

Whatever your situation is, you can change it.

I believe that everyone can live a better life and be a better person that he currently is.
It doesn’t matter who you are, what you have, or even where you’re going. Because in order to start your transformation, you’ll only need stuff like a definite desire, a vision, willingness to change for the better, to be ready to make sacrifices and say ‘no’ to things and to be doing something every day in order to get to this better life of yours.

[tweetthis]Being tired of your present, realizing that you can have much more, setting goals and having an action plan is the beginning of the journey. [/tweetthis]

From then on, it’s all about how consistent and motivated you’ll be.

Because these two abilities will help you keep going after you’ve failed, try one more time, approach people and ask for what you want, work hard, read and learn a lot about your niche, never get discouraged by others, try new systems and methods and find out what works best for you.

But some people are so insecure in the beginning, that they rarely know where to start.

So here I’ve listed the areas on which you can work in order to turn your life around:

How to Turn Your Life Around and Become a Better Version of Yourself

1. Exercise.

Working out regularly (preferably daily) is an important part of every successful person’s life.

But people who don’t do it rarely know about the not-so-obvious benefits of that.

Exercising builds character, willpower, makes you feel good about yourself, improves your performance in every other area of life.

And yes, going to the gym helps you build muscle and boost your metabolism. But it also takes effort and discipline to make yourself get there. Looking in the mirror while pushing yourself to the limit during the last set gives your brain something to get back to when you feel discouraged.

This picture gets stuck in your mind and, over time, you realize you’re much stronger than you think, and can achieve more. You start to feel and look better, you’re more confident, not afraid to approach people, etc.

2. Read.

Never stop reading. Be it books, blogs, newspapers, articles, or else – do it daily.

Many stop doing it over time, and thus stop their development. Don’t become one of them.

Check these out:
How successful people read online
How to read books optimally

And here are 5 great blogs I’m reading now.

3. Eliminate toxic friends.

I’ve listed the types of toxic people here.

4. Declutter.

Throw away all the stuff you’ve been living with for years, but which you haven’t used in months. Or which you probably won’t use again.

My advice is to be ruthless when it comes down to personal belongings or things that you consider important. Because most of the times, they’re not.

All these objects are just giving you more things to take care of, they take space and don’t give you the freedom to buy new stuff.

Related: 40 Things to Live Without

5. Eat better.

you are what you eat

If you’re on your way to self-improvement, it’s high time you fix your diet.

No junk food, no gluten, no sugar at all. Many proteins and veggies with every meal. And so on. You know the basics, and there’s plenty of great information out there.

The goal is to change your habits, to teach your stomach that it doesn’t need to feel full, your mind that it doesn’t need junk food in order to enjoy a movie, and so on.

Once you do that, eating whatever you want occasionally won’t hurt.

6. Start getting up early.

It’s one of the fundamental habits that help you get better in any other area too.

If you get up early, you’ll have more time for yourself, the chance to start your day the way you want, to have a morning routine, to do some reading and writing and plan your day.

You’ll also be more productive, feel proud of yourself, and all that will put you in a great mind frame before getting down to work.

Related: How to Get Out of Bed Early in the Morning

7. Leave the past behind.

Let go of what was. You can’t change it. There’s nothing else you can do about it, but to take a lesson and move on.

Work on that mindset until you know how to set yourself free of what’s happened the moment it’s gone. Only this way will you be able to be present and mindful of what you’re doing, and thus work on your goals and create a better future.

Related: 12 Things People Do That Make Them Miserable

8. Rest properly.

what to do if you can't sleep

If you’re going to sleep, sleep well. Take power naps during the day. Meditate. Learn how to reclaim your time and prioritize – do your work when you’re most productive, and respect your brain and body’s desire to rest when they want to.

These 8 areas are great to begin with.

And remember, you’re the only one that can do anything to change your life. You can turn it round in no time if you set yourself on fire by changing your habits, challenging yourself and falling in love with the process.

Which of these are you currently working on? And which areas need more improvement?
Why wait till tomorrow when you can turn your life around today?

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How This Family Guy Makes $10,000/Month Online Teaching Others How to Make, Save and Invest Money

How This Family Guy Makes $10,000/Month Online Teaching Others How to Make, Save and Invest Money - Interview with R.J. Weiss from TheWaystoWealth.com

This is an interview-style post with R.J. Weiss from The Ways to Wealth.

Hey R.J. What’s your background and what do you do?

I blog about all things personal finance at The Ways to Wealth.

Before I went full-time into blogging, I spent ten years in the financial services industry. Specifically, helping families buy the right type of life insurance.

During my time with a full-time job, I’ve always had different side hustles going on. From freelance writing, Amazon FBA, conversion rate optimization, to website design — there were many projects I pursued outside of work.

How did you start your career in finance?

I got started in finance straight out of college working for my the family insurance business. As I love the financial planning side of things, I choose to specialize in life insurance planning. This led me down the path to obtaining the CFP® Certification.

What made you start blogging?

The Ways to Wealth, which I started in 2016, has been my 5th blog.

The others mostly fizzled out most due to a lack of interest. But, in 2009 I started a personal finance blog called GenYWealth.com (no longer around) that had some success.

The idea GenYwealth.com was to write about what I was learning about studying to take the CFP®. The blog was, by all means, a success. I was able to gain valuable knowledge, pass the CFP® exam, earn some extra money and build up a good community.

I then took this knowledge and started a business blog, which allowed the insurance agency I was working for to generate leads.

I started The Ways to Wealth because my passion is personal finance–from investing to travel hacking, I love the challenge of optimizing my finances.

How was The Ways to Wealth born?

I didn’t have much of a plan for starting The Ways to Wealth when I purchased the domain name.

I was actually thinking it would be a niche site, which was inspired by Pat Flynn’s niche site duel. Then, I came across the income reports of Michelle Schroeder-Gardner and wisely changed direction to a more traditional blog.

This change came about 6-months after starting to blog.  I did a timeline of the site in one of my income reports.

What worked best when trying to grow the site?

I had a decent knowledge of SEO. So at first, I started growing the site with email outreach. One of the first posts I had about best investing books of all time, had about 15 links to it.

This was nice to start with but was quite slow to build up, as it can take a while to earn Google’s trust.

The big turning point came when I started to understand Pinterest. I spent a few frustrating weeks on the platform, then it finally started paying dividends.

I went from about 100 sessions a day to 1,000, which was huge for me at the time.

How did you get to 3 million monthly viewers on Pinterest?

the ways to wealth pinterest 3 million monthly views

I lay out my Pinterest strategy here. But at the core the idea is to:

1) Write high-quality content that Pinners want to click through, read, and share.

2) Pin to my own and high-quality group boards, with a keyword-rich description.

3) Continue to Pin my best pins across my own boards/group boards, ruthlessly eliminating Pins that don’t perform well.

One thing to keep in mind is impressions don’t mean much on Pinterest. What counts are clicks to your website. So, you want to design not for impressions but clicks.

What aspects of the online business are you outsourcing or automating and how?

The first thing I outsourced was Pinterest design. I’ll design about 30-40 pins a month, so this was big time saver for me.

Of course, it took some work to get going. At first, I hired 5 or so people on Fiverr. I found one decent designer but the work quality deteriorated over time.

I then went to Upwork and posted a job for a  graphic designer. I found a great team down in Argentina, who I’m very happy with.

I’m currently experimenting with working with a ghostwriter. A few of my latest posts have been transcribed from my recording, with the ghostwriter making sense of it all.

I can compile about 3 posts in 90 minutes, then take another 90 or so minutes to prepare them. Saving me around 3-4 hours per post this way.

What’s your main income stream and why do you think it works for you?

My main source of income for the blog is affiliate revenue. It works because the partners I do have are high-quality businesses, who deliver value and solve real problems. This makes it easy to naturally link to such a partner.

When did you start making more than $10K/month and what was the turning point?

My first month over $10K was in January of 2018. In December of 2017, income was around $3,000 and in July of 2017 around $500. So, it was definitely a jump.

What happened then in January?

First, personal finance is at its peak interest in January.

Second, I had multiple Pins go viral.

Third, in November I started driving traffic via Facebook to the site. So, in January I could take campaigns I’d been fine-tuning for a few weeks and scale them.

How do you balance work and family life?

I have a routine I stick to Monday through Friday.

When inside of my designated working hours, I work. When outside of these hours, I’m not.

This is a lot easier said than done. But the thing important for me is not to take work everywhere I go. This means I don’t have any apps on my phone that are work-related (email, analytics, etc..)

What are you 3 best finance tips for newbies?

  • Focus on your savings rate. How much you save is the most important decision you’ll make.
  • Small incremental improvements add up over time. My favorite example is increasing your savings rate 1% every quarter, means you’ll be saving 20% of your income in just 5 years.
  • Study happiness. Become a student on how to increase your level of happiness. The natural result is you’ll want less overtime, making the game of personal finance a lot easier to win.

What books, blogs or podcasts help you stay motivated along the way of growing an online business?

I read a fair amount to keep fresh ideas in my head.

My favorite podcast is The Tim Ferriss Show.

Two blogs I enjoy reading are:

Farnam Street
Barking up the Wrong Tree

And as far as books. I try to read one a week. A few books I would recommend to online entrepreneurs would be:

Deep Work by Cal Newport
The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss

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