8 Traits of People Who Set and Achieve Goals

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Just like you can become happier by doing what happy people do and trying to develop their habits, you can also change your life and way of thinking from negative to positive and start doing what people with goals do.

I’m talking about the determined individuals that grab your attention all the time. They’re productive, confident, purpose-driven, and it doesn’t come as a surprise that they achieve the goals they set.

But what exactly are their traits? What makes them different from the average person who has no ambition and direction in life?

Well, here are their best characteristics and practices that help them get what they want:

1. For them every day is a chance to get closer to their dreams.

Many people struggle with the daily problems and worries they encounter, and thus never look forward to the next day.

But successful people with goals accept each new day as another opportunity to make the best of it, to become a little better, to improve areas in their life, to work harder, and to move forward.

2. They don’t listen to the naysayers.

People will always have something to judge you on, an action of yours to disagree with and a decision you took to talk about. So let them do it.

If you keep listening to them, your motivation will soon be gone. You will lose point in doing anything about your life, and will then become one of them – those who talk about other people’s lives.

So do what you think is right, work hard for what you believe in, and surround yourself with positive people with similar goals.

3. They find what works best for them.

There’s a smarter, faster, easier and simpler way to do anything. You just need to try out different versions and see what’s best for you.

Some people are most productive in the morning, that’s why they should schedule their work tasks for the first part of the day, and arrange meetings and other stuff for later.
Others would perform better if they take 3 days off per week, but work 10-15 hours in the other 4.
Many can focus for 60-90 minutes on one task, and will then need a short break before they move onto another.

Stuff like that can save you a lot of time and unnecessary efforts in the future. So don’t underestimate the power of systems.

4. They have daily action steps.

Take some time to define your goals and break them down into specific tasks. Then make them even tinier and easier.
This way you’ll have a list of things to do at any moment that take no time but which get you closer to your goals.

5. They don’t let distractions get in their way.

By distractions I mean people and notifications constantly interrupting you while you work, friends making you a part of their problems, unimportant tasks on your to-do list, constantly checking email and social networks and engaging in meaningless conversations, etc.

Successful people let all that go. They 80/20 their life and focus on the essential.

Because only 20% of what you do usually helps you achieve 80% of your goals. And if you get rid of the other 80, you can get more done, move forward faster and improve yourself in many areas at the same time.

6. They hustle. And they love it.

To fall in love with what you do is a great thing. It helps you work many hours every day without feeling overwhelmed.

You’re free as a bird but you still choose to spend most of your time working on your most important tasks.
That’s how passionate people move forward in their life. That’s how big goals are achieved.

7. They have a vision.

People with goals have a purpose, a direction in life, and because they visualize the end result in details, they can follow their path even in dark times.

8. They get up early.

Such people have a reason to get up.

It’s not easy to get out of bed early in the morning when you’ll just have to be in a hurry so that you can make it on time to the office.
And once you’re there – to do tasks and complete projects for someone else (which is far from what you really want in life) and spend the whole day with people you have nothing in common with.

But when you have objectives, when you know you can wake up earlier and work on something important to you that will eventually free you from this lifestyle, you’re much more likely to get up at 5 and hustle.

These are the most important traits of people who set and achieve goals that make them stand out in the crowd.
And these are the things you can start working on if you want to get further and be like them.

Successful mindset, good habits and consistency is what can give you the life you’re dreaming about.

Don’t let it slip away.

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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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