How to Turn Fear into Power and Create Personal Breakthrough

How To Turn Fear into Power and Create Personal Breakthrough

Are you afraid of change? Do you get anxious when you aren’t prepared for something in life? Do you fear failure, think you won’t make it and might get discouraged by those around you?

All this can be turned around with a shift in your mindset. You have all it takes to turn fear into power and I’m now gonna show you how. It will lead to finally being free to take action without overthinking and to create personal breakthrough.

Fear is one of the biggest barriers on the way to success, or to reaching any objective you’ve set. I want you to understand it, make peace with it, deal with it, and let go of it. Here are the steps:

Turn Fear into Power in 4 Steps

1. Learn more about the things you’re afraid of.

I’m a big fan of getting to know yourself so that you can always know why you do what you do. That’s a surefire way to find a solution. It’s key to know what causes your anxiety, stress, negativism or fears. But it gets worse when you just go with any emotion your mind thinks is right for certain situations, without analyzing where it came from and what you can do about it.

Sit down and write it all out. Share the stuff that terrifies you. Then look at what you wrote and try to see it from a different perspective. Some fears will be unreasonable. While others will be a result of a negative factor in your life that you can remove with the right mindset and a plan.

2. Observe your fear.

Now that you saw the big picture, it’s time to take one of your mental barriers in particular and turn fear into power.

Another thing most people do wrong when trying to improve their mental health and be freer and more peaceful, is that they want to remove the fear. Which causes pressure and you’re stressed. But fear is inside your mind right now, so being negative towards it only leads to more unpleasant emotions. Avoid these by sending positive vibes to the fear.

Accept it for a start, then acknowledge it. The opposite is denial, and as you might know this is quite a harmful behavior.

Now observe it. See how it feels when you’re afraid and what exactly terrifies you. Ask yourself questions about it to get to know it better.

3. Face it.

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We can describe each fear as a wall, preventing us from the freedom that’s on the other side. What makes sense is to chase the freedom, so we need to go through the wall no matter what.

No need to go around it, try to destroy it, or lie to yourself that it’s not significant. It’s there, admit that and take action upon it while it’s present. Lean into the fear. Challenge yourself, feel the discomfort, grow as a result of it, and – ultimately – push through the wall. But not in an aggressive way. Instead, this is the zen way to conquer your fears.

4. Turn it into power.

Time to unleash the power within. That’s one of the main things Tony Robbins teaches us. He helps people break through the fears that are blocking their potential. Learn more here.

So, how does one turn fear into power and see rapid change and personal breakthrough? Here are some ways:

  • Expose yourself to what scares you;
  • Act not out of fear, but do what must be done although it’s present in your mind;
  • Build self-esteem to be more confident in your abilities;
  • Start by doing something that’s only slightly close to the fears you’ve had for years. See that it doesn’t feel that bad and then take the next step. Seeing yourself take action is a reason to believe in yourself more and try new things;
  • Leave your comfort zone;
  • Your intuition is stronger than your fear. Learn how to listen to it and use it wisely;
  • Stop the negative self-talk. You keep telling yourself stories throughout the day about this fear and how it affects you. But it’s all in our mind. Let go of the need to play scenarios in your head. And you might just realize it was all an illusion;
  • Laugh in the face of fear. Seriously, see how ridiculous and not true at all it is. If you can’t, fake it till you make it. Body language will eventually help you deal with it.

So these are the steps to turn fear into power. Any other ideas?

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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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