New Year, New Mindset: 8 Things to Let Go of in 2016

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New is (almost) always better. And what newer than a whole new year!

Instead of having regrets about the previous one, and going back to what we did wrong and reliving it, let’s be excited about what’s to come and embrace change.

And the best way to do it is to develop a new mindset, a better approach, a more positive attitude.

Every success starts on the inside, it’s where the real magic happens.

There are many processes taking place in our mind when we’re between mediocrity and greatness. And your way of thinking makes all the difference.

One of the easiest things to do is to eliminate everything that doesn’t have any place in your mind – and your life – and thus make room for better things.

Freedom, independence, peace and contentment are all things we’d love to experience all the time in the new year. And in order to have them, we’ll need to let go of the rest.

Here’s how to do it:

8 Things to Leave Behind to Create a New Mindset

1. Excuses.

They’re one of the many enemies of progress.

And our mind is quite creative when it comes to coming up with reasons not to do something. After all, that’s why we procrastinate daily.

In order to get rid of that habit, be more mindful. Know that your mind plays tricks on you sometimes and be prepared. When it starts thinking of excuses not to do something, stop it and focus on the opposite – think why you need to take action now and how that can help you improve.

2. Thinking about what happened in the past.

The only point of going back to yesterday is to learn from it. But if you stay there too long, you may start reliving past situations and experiencing negative emotions all over again, or having regrets.
So focus on the now. It’s where you can do something about your life.

3. Don’t fear what might happen.

The future is uncertain, but that doesn’t mean you should spend your life imagining the worst that can happen tomorrow and fearing it.

Instead, realize that whatever happens will be the best for this exact moment, and you’ll be okay with that. And look forward to the many great things that will come your way.

4. Comparing yourself to others.

Let go of the need for comparison. Not only is it unnecessary, but it also ruins your present moment by making you focus on what you don’t have, and even being jealous of others.

But you can’t really compare the lives of two people. We’re all unique in our experiences, past and future, dreams and fears. Everyone wants and is ready for different things in life. Don’t forget that.

That will also make your communication with people easier. If you don’t compare yourself to them, you’ll just listen to their problems, give advice, share what’s on your mind, and talk about ideas and plans. Nothing else. That will make relationships simpler too.

5. Perfection.

Why strive for perfection? Does it really get you far?

I say do your best, and know that you’re improving, gaining knowledge and experience. But don’t create ideals or push too hard.

6. Haste.

Being in a rush brings stress into your life. And more often than not you don’t get much done and your performance is poor.

So start doing things slowly. Eat, talk, walk, drive, read and write slower. This will help you experience the activity, pay your full attention to it, and thus enjoy it more.

7. Seeking comfort.

The comfort zone is something everyone’s been in at some point. But only those who manage to get out of it see what life is all about.

Comfort is another enemy of progress. You don’t get things done when you have it, you don’t challenge yourself, and are a prisoner of your fears, worries and doubts.

But if you break free from it, you start experiencing life, going beyond average, learning new things about yourself, and getting more out of every day.

So let go of your comfort zone by doing everything you’re afraid of, by challenging yourself or simply doing anything that makes you feel uncomfortable.

8. Unimportant things and distractions.

Real productivity is all about focusing on what’s important and doing more of it, while eliminating the rest.

So identify those time-wasting, unproductive activities in your day, and every little thing that fights for your attention but which is not important and won’t get you closer to your goals. And simply remove it.

That’s how you develop a powerful, new mindset and build discipline, make room for inspiration and joy, find time for better things, do what you love and get things done.

What else is there to leave behind before you start the new year? And which of these 8 is your biggest barrier to moving forward in life?

See also:

5 Characteristics of a Strong Mindset
8 Effective Ways to Let Go and Move On
4 Traits of a Strong Mind

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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?

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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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