Decide to Succeed: How to Be Sure of Your Success

decide to succeed, be sure of your success

Success comes to those who become success conscious. Failure comes to those who indifferently allow themselves to become failure conscious. – Napoleon Hill

Decisions can be powerful.

There have been a few times in my life so far that I’ve taken serious decisions and they remain so until today.

I remember, for instance, when one day – 8 years ago – I said to myself that I wasn’t going to eat meat anymore.

To be honest, I hadn’t even realized what power I had over my mind at that moment until a whole year was gone and I knew it was a permanent change in my life.

I want everyone to realize that no one has the right to influence your consciousness but you.

Where you are now, what you have and who you’ve become, is a result of every single decision you’ve taken in your life. If you’re not satisfied with the situation, maybe it’s because of the many times you didn’t take any initiative, let other people or circumstances take care of things and just chose the easy way – to be neutral and not to take any action.

Well, let it go and move on. It’s time for a change now.

Change is good. It means you’re moving forward and doing something with your life. Most people choose to remain in their comfort zone and refuse to change. But not you.

Taking The Decision to Change: A Crucial Step on Your Way to Success

Everything starts at that point – where you feel unsatisfied with your current job position, life, relationship, financial status, body, spiritual state or else and want to do something to change that.

Even doing only this puts you a few steps ahead of those who are afraid to even confess to themselves that they don’t like the life they are living.

So congrats! You just took one of the most important decisions in your life and the best thing is that it leads to beautiful changes and self-improvement.

The simple fact that you’re reading this post right now means that there is that little thing you want to improve in yourself, that big secret you’re looking for, that person you want to help, or else.

Now, to make things even better for you, let’s add some optimism, determination and belief. Let’s decide to change for the better, and even more – let’s decide to succeed.

It’s crucial to realize that you can control your thoughts. You are the only one who decides what goes in and out of your mind.

If you are sad and depressed, that means you’ve let negative thoughts in your head. If you are happy and enthusiastic, then you’ve done the right thing and have let positivity inside.

Napoleon Hill makes a great point with the following:

“The subconscious mind, (the chemical laboratory in which all thought impulses are combined, are made ready for reality), makes no distinction between constructive and destructive thought impulses.”

It’s up to you to choose the constructive ones.

The problem is that if we don’t control our mind, it starts to reflect the things around us. That means that if you are surrounded by problems and negative people, that is what will be in your head too.

Remember that happiness is not what is around us, what we have or who we are with, but how we see and react to those things. Whatever the situation is, your attitude defines whether you’ll be smiling or crying.

Change Your Current Way of Thinking

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Let no feeling of discouragement prey upon you, and in the end, you are sure to succeed. – Abraham Lincoln

Take some time to analyze your thoughts.

Track them throughout the day and then examine them. This will give you a hint whether you’re on the right track. You can be surprised to see how many unnecessary and negative thoughts you have.

When you have made a list and know what the problem is in each area, you are able to correct the mistakes and program your consciousness to be positive.

This change from one way of thinking (negative, which is more common) to another (positive) may not be easy. If you are used to complaining all the time, blaming others for your mistakes and seeing the problem in everything, it will take some time to start seeing opportunities instead and take responsibility for your actions.

Like many other things we do daily, positive thinking is also a habit. You need to make some effort for at least two weeks and ignore negative thoughts to embrace the positive ones. After some time the mind itself will start choosing the good ones.

5 Easy Ways to Turn Negative Thoughts into Positive Ones

• When a negative thought pops up in your mind, you immediately ignore it. You don’t analyze it, you don’t ask questions and don’t feed it by focusing on it.

• Label it. When the negative guest comes, just realize that you’ve been influenced by a bad statement. Remind yourself that it’s not the right thing and let it go.

• Such thoughts affect us only if we let them. So whenever you start being emotional, thinking about them or trying to resist them, it means you are reacting to them in some way. And that itself strengthens them. So choose not to react and concentrate your mind on something else.

• Exaggerate them. Add absurd situations and consequences of this thought so that it becomes funny and ridiculous.
A great way to realize that this negative statement is pointless, is to imagine the worst scenario possible.

• Use the contrary one. Whatever the negative thought says, reply with its positive equivalent.

Becoming Success Conscious

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Being conscious means being alive – feeling that you exist as a spiritual being. It is your essence and defines who you are.

Being success conscious means:

• taking the decision to succeed;
• focusing on success;
• being absolutely sure that it will happen;
• believing and having faith in that;
• not using negative words (like failure, problem, can’t, impossible and so on);
• adding positive ones to your vocabulary (success, opportunity, can, possible).

Such state of mind requires you to be certain that you’ll succeed and even see yourself having your goals achieved, regardless of your current situation.

Focusing on Success

Here are some ways to do that:

• have positive affirmations to repeat to yourself in the morning and before you go to bed (and also when you feel in doubt or lack confidence);
• concentrate on your strengths and past successes;
• relax;
• take control of your thoughts;
• ignore anything that is negative or in some way prevents you from your goals;
• breathe deeply;
• be patient;
• make this a habit;
• combine it with meditation.

Thoughts become things and you control your thoughts. What you think of most of the time, becomes the world around you – your life.

So if you concentrate on the positive thoughts only, if you surround yourself with success conscious people and talk with them about new ideas and ways to succeed, if you are free of fear and doubt and let no distractions from the everyday life direct your thoughts, then you are sure to achieve all your desires and beat indecisiveness.

It’s a great day to go after your dreams and believe they’re possible. So why not decide to succeed 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

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 (no longer around) that had some success.

The idea 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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