How to Become a Progress Fanatic

become a progress fanatic

Progress is such a positive word.

After all, we all want to move forward in life, achieve more, double our results, perform better and feel good about it.

And all that is a result of developing super successful habits and staying consistent.

Because progress is a process, a never-ending journey that shows you better sides of life every step of the way.

Improving means getting 1% better every day, and never looking forward to the day when you’ll be the best in everything, but enjoying the process in the present moment, knowing it’s a lifelong experience.

And if you want to get optimum results and make things a little faster, here’s what progress fanatics tend to do (not just daily, but constantly):

What to Do to Make Progress All The Time

1. Always look for chances to grow and learn.

Every single thing that happens in your life, no matter how small or negative, can be a priceless lesson, an experience that will make you stronger.

Even hearing what others around you are talking about can give you an idea. You can learn a fact from a single random sentence you’ve heard from strangers on the street but it can turn out to be the foundation of your new business.
That’s how important this is.

But, of course, you’ll have to open your eyes for the lessons around you. You need to be always on the grow, to notice details, let people share stuff with you, welcome opportunities and act when the right time comes.

2. Always ask yourself what can be improved.

Even if you become successful, make enough money doing what you love, are in a great relationship, or else, enjoy it but also see what can be optimized, try to make things even better, and most importantly – eliminate what’s unnecessary.

That means you may have built 10 great habits that have changed you as a person and your whole life. But you may also have one or two bad ones, that only you know about, but which are slowing your down, are making you feel bad about yourself.

In this case, don’t leave the self-improvement process behind, but work on them.

3. Always keep your goals in mind and take decisions based on them.

Losing weight is basically being offered chocolate, but saying ‘no’ because you immediately think about what you want to look like in the future and that you’ll have to push harder in the gym later.
It means choosing long-term success over instant gratification.

In the beginning, it will be harder than you imagine, and it won’t work every time.

But soon it will become your second nature. And you’ll start avoiding any unnecessary calories, knowing that 30 seconds of pleasure will only hurt you later.

That’s just one simple example, but it can apply to anything.

4. Track progress.

Not only should you write down the stuff you’ve achieved every now and then, but you actually need to list everything you do in the area of life you want to improve.

A good example is a writer I interviewed some time ago, who by the way describes himself as a progress fanatic.

He’s got an online journal where he’s been writing daily for the past 2 years.

There he describes in details how much words he’s written about each book he’s working on, what else he has done connected to publishing on Amazon, emailing readers, editing, proofreading, connecting with people in the niche, etc.
He also tracks his sleep, his morning routine, how many of his other habits he’s managed to do during the day, plus some family commitments and financial stuff.

And all these are exactly the things he wants to achieve in life, to get better at or to keep doing. That’s why he sets aside a minute or two a few times per day to list down what he did that will help him move forward.

And he’s been doing it every single day for 2 years. (It’s no wonder that he just published a book on persistence.)

What I’m keeping a record of right now is my food intake, blogging activities and words written per day. As these are the things I’m focusing on.
I’ll be adding more as I find myself being more productive when I know I’ll be writing it down. It really works.

5. Multitasking.

I’m all about single-tasking, don’t get me wrong. Concentrating all your attention on one activity is a productivity technique that’s proven to give great results.

But we’re talking about being fanatic here.

Which means wanting to get better so bad that we get obsessed with personal development.
And that’s not bad. It’s just how some people handle this.

So in that case, you’ll have to do two or more things at the same time whenever you can.

And it doesn’t need to be hard or overwhelming.

Here are some examples:

• listen to motivational podcasts or audio books when jogging or in the gym;
• going through your to-do list for the day when going to a meeting;
• repeating your mission statement while brushing your teeth (another crazy but powerful habit of Michal – the writer I just mentioned);
• reading while eating;
• writing/reading while waiting for an appointment.

You get the point.

Basically you can do some of these whenever your mind is not busy and can double your results.

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These are the 5 most common habits of progress fanatics.

Can you think of another one? And are any of these something you’d try?

See also:

7 things smart learners do differently
Smart and unusual techniques on how to be more productive
How to master your time
What is your ultimate goal in life
5 surefire ways to double your workday productivity
A how-to guide: Accelerated learning for accelerated time (Tim Ferriss on how to master any skill)
17 tips to double your productivity in 14 days

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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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Check out my interview with R.J. from TheWaystoWealth to see how he entered the finance niche, started making money blogging, began bringing traffic from Pinterest and monetizing it with affiliate marketing, and is now making $10,000/month from his online business. #blogger #interview #blogtraffic #incomeideas #income