Building a Better You: 5 Ways to Make Your Life Better

Building a Better You: 5 Ways to Make Your Life Better

Although the world around us is full of opportunities, sometimes too much uncertainty can get in the way of our potential.

That’s because many of the problems we deal with on a daily basis come from within our own minds. In other words, these problems aren’t always caused by bad luck, events, or people we encounter. Instead, they’re caused by us.

This happens to all of us at some point in time in our lives. We simply get caught in a bubble with no way out. Or at least that’s what we think. Measuring success by material things can, without a doubt, lower anyone’s self-esteem. Fortunately, there are things that can be done every day to improve our overall quality of life.

With that in mind, the one thing we should always strive to do is to look for different ways to improve ourselves and maximize our potential.

So, without further ado, here are five ways you can improve your overall quality of life.

Challenge Your Inner Thoughts

How do you start your day? Do you brush your teeth? Or do you check your emails, text messages, and social media accounts?

Although these things are important to some of us, the first thing you should do is start the day on the right foot. To put it another way, as soon as you open your eyes, tell yourself, “I’m going to have a good day.”

Remember, your mind has the ability to impact your mood throughout the rest of the day. So why not think more positively?

If you wake up with a positive attitude, then you’ll be much more likely to have a productive day. On the other hand, if you wake up upset, then your day will feel much longer and tedious.

Additionally, if you need something to keep you going throughout the day, set a daily goal. For example, if time management is an issue for you, then focus on ways to improve your time management skills. This will keep your mind on the task at hand and allow you to challenge yourself both mentally and physically.

Consider an Action Plan

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This stage, in particular, is all about considering the different possibilities and then doing something about it – the action plan.

This stage also allows you to think logically and focus on where you should be, as well as where you will be in the long run.

So if you’ve ever felt stuck in life, and just wanted a change in scenery to start fresh, create a plan to help you progress forward. It’s true, moving to another state is like jumping off the high dive. But with careful planning, it’s a risk you shouldn’t be afraid to take.

It’s not enough, however, to just simply write down your goals. Because an individual can only grow – mentally – once they’ve taken action to improve their quality of life. Remember, a thought is just a distant fantasy until someone does something to make it happen.

Not sure what the steps are here? Don’t worry. Just develop a plan to improve certain areas of your life, then follow through with it.

Even if you make mistakes along the way, you’re still making progress towards living a better lifestyle. This is what will keep you focused throughout your journey and prevent you from coming to a standstill. Now that you have a vision in mind, go with it.

Follow Positive Media

Believe it or not, media consumption can sometimes have a negative effect on our thought process. That’s why it’s important to consume any kind of media that allows you to look at the good in life or see how you can improve the living standards of those around you.

Think of this process as learning a new language. To clarify, in order to learn a new language, you must first be immersed in it, hearing it every day. That’s what allows the language to stick with you in the end and make it easier to remember.

The same can be said about out the things we follow on social media. So, if you immerse yourself in personal growth content every day, then you’ll slowly start to see a change in your behavior and thought process. Think of this as your self-dialogue – the way you talk to yourself throughout the day.

Master this step and you’ll see the world through a different lens.

Make Yourself The Number One Priority

According to Ohio University, “most Americans actually work more than 40 hours a week.” Which means, it’s easy for people to feel stuck in life. Fortunately, getting enough exercise and rest comes out to being the perfect formula.

Start with eating well. If you continue to fill your body with junk food that’s high in sodium and sugar, then you will start to feel miserable. So, make sure you eat food that is high in nutrients, vitamins, and don’t rely on processed food. In the end, this will only encourage you to feel lousy – mentally, physically, and spiritually.

Volunteer

 Volunteering isn’t just 1 of 10 qualities of great community leaders, it’s also a great way to help your neighborhood. In short, volunteering to help those around you can have a huge impact on your well-being and teach you all about the world around you.

By focusing your attention on helping others, you’ll draw out any negative feelings you have stored within and develop a positive mindset. It will also encourage you to find new ways to make someone else’s living situation better. After all, you can’t obsess over the negative aspects of life while focusing on the positive things.

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This is a guest post by Herman Davis.

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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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