101 Killer Ways to Have a Kick-Ass New Year

101 killer ways to start the new year

I’m sure that whatever it is life has planned for us in the future, it’s going to be amazing. And that must be your attitude too.

Let’s leave all the mistakes, past failures, disappointments, regrets and doubts behind. We don’t need them anymore, there’s nothing we can do about them except take our lesson and look forward to a better tomorrow.

The new year is just around the corner. And it’s another huge opportunity that’s given to us. We have the chance to become the best version of ourselves, to turn our life around, get more things done, and finally get closer to our goals.

Here are 101 killer ways to do all that:

1. Create a personal development plan.

2. Start waking up earlier.

3. Track your progress.

4. Don’t be afraid of change.

5. Accept yourself for who you are right now before you try to improve.

6. Meditate daily for 15 minutes.

7. Take at least one action towards your biggest goal daily.

8. Keep morning pages.

9. Write down your tasks on a list every evening.

write down everything

10. Define your most important ones and focus on them.

11. Start working on the one on top first thing in the morning.

12. Overcome fear by understanding and accepting it.

13. Have an evening routine to end the day like successful people do.

14. When something bad happens, accept it as the best outcome of the situation for the present moment.

15. Be kind to everyone you meet.

16. Define what you don’t want in life.

17. Turn your goals into dreams.

18. Use the mirror technique to overcome low self-esteem.

19. Keep a gratitude journal.

20. Start each day in a good mood.

21. Stop trying to change people.

22. Appreciate what you already have.

23. Do one thing at a time.

24. Stop watching TV.

25. Start reading one book on personal development every two weeks.

26. Don’t let others talk you out of your plans, no matter how big they are.

27. Limit social media to an hour a day.

28. Write down everything the moment it comes up.

29. Choose to be happy right now.

30. Read “Crush It!” by Gary Vaynerchuk.

31. Think about quitting your job and becoming location independent.

32. Be ruthless with your time and don’t let others take it from you.

33. Find and start spending more time with like-minded people.

34. Examine the life of successful people in your industry.

35. Overcome shyness by approaching a new person whenever you have the chance.

36. Drink your morning cup of coffee in peace and enjoy every sip.

drink your cup of coffee

37. Start flossing.

38. When you want to know something, simply ask.

39. Throw away everything you don’t use.

40. Define the things you do daily that don’t get you closer to your goals and eliminate them.

41. Do more of what works instead.

42. Check email twice a day.

45. Start a business on the side.

46. Read “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill.

47. Accept what you can’t change and make the best of it.

48. Read positive quotes in the morning.

49. Drink tea.

50. Delegate what can be done by someone else.

51. Find your true passion.

52. When you develop a new habit, start small.

53. Unsubscribe from all newsletter. Don’t let others decide what information goes in your head.

54. Find your most productive time and structure your day around it.

55. Do something you do often in a new way.

56. Start using online tools for better focus.

57. Write and self-publish your first book.

58. Build your personal brand using social media and offering value.

59. Refuse to communicate with people who complain about their lives 24/7 without doing anything about it.

60. Be a role model.

61. Don’t wait for inspiration to come. Just get moving.

62. Have 700 extra hours this year.

63. Follow Tim Ferriss and read everything he has to say.

64. Improve your marketing skills by reading the best content from experts.

65. Let go of all the daily problems and worries before you go to sleep in the evening.

66. Make the best of the first hour of your day.

67. Feel confident about the fact that you’ve figured out what you want and are going after it.

68. Work out at least 3-4 times weekly.

69. Never forget that you’re the average of the 5 people you spend most time with.

70. Be open to opportunities.

71. Say ‘no’ to 90% of the things you can do, so that you master and make the most of the other 10%.

72. Don’t share your goals with others.

73. Challenge yourself by doing what feels uncomfortable every now and then.

74. What are you afraid of? Go and do it without thinking.

75. Stop making excuses.

76. Be always on the grow. Keep improving your skills, reading and learning new things.

77. Travel as much as you can.

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78. Calculate your ideal lifestyle and aim for that number from today on.

79. Use the law of expectation to your advantage.

80. Speak up.

81. You won’t see progress if you keep using the same strategies.

82. Review your goals every few days.

83. Examine your day every evening and make the necessary changes.

84. Read “Eat That Frog” by Brian Tracy.

85. Don’t waste time feeling sorry because you failed. Move on quickly.

86. Love yourself before you expect anyone else to do it.

87. Be honest with yourself.

88. Speak with confidence.

89. Define the self-limiting beliefs that don’t give you peace of mind and eliminate them one by one.

90. In moments of weakness, remember why you’re doing it and keep going.

91. Leave bed right after the first alarm goes off.

92. Be confident in your abilities and always improve yourself.

93. Sometimes the big picture can be overwhelming. And in order to keep making progress, focus on today and get just 1% better.

94. If something or someone is not worth your time, let it go.

95. Go the extra mile.

96. Read Seth Godin’s “Purple Cow” and learn how to be remarkable in life and business.

97. Use a standing desk when working.

98. Be selective. You can’t have it all. So focus your energy and time on meaningful things.

99. Be yourself. Become the best in that.

100. Take responsibility for everything that happens in your life.

101. Don’t rely on external sources in order to be happy. You yourself are enough, with everything you already have.

What do you think? That’s plenty of action to take, habits to develop, new things to try and plans to make, so that 2016 can be a kick-ass year. Where will you start?

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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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