Ultimate Guide to Setting and Achieving Goals (Part 1: How To Set Meaningful Goals)

“I’ve tried setting goals, but I never see them through. I lose motivation easily.”

“There’s so many thing I want in life (i.e. better job, to start a business, etc.). Where do I even start?”

“I want to eat healthier and exercise more (or insert any other habit), but those habits never stick.”

Any of those ring a bell? Those were my New Year’s Resolutions in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Save 65 Hours and $361: 10 Mistakes I Made With My First WordPress Website

Setting up a website is oftentimes step #1 or #2 when starting any business.

Already set up a WordPress site? Thinking about whether or not you should use WordPress versus another alternative like Weebly, Squarespace, etc.?

WordPress is a little more challenging to set up than any of their competing platforms, but for a good reason: it’s the best website back-end for managing sites with lots of content.

If you’ll be uploading lots of pictures or videos, blogging, podcasting or adding a portfolio of any type at all, WordPress is the way to go. “All the pros” use WordPress and if you need any more justification just check out the stats.

I outlined the easiest way to start a WordPress site in a previous post if you’re needing help getting started.

With that being said, I made several mistakes when I started my first WordPress site and I want to help you avoid those mistakes.

These mistakes cost me about 65 hours worth of my time and $361.

Everyone on Facebook knows what you’re thankful for now, but…

How did you SHOW it to the people you mentioned in the post?

Yep, I’m poking you in the ribs right now if you put a thank you post on Facebook a few weeks expressing how thankful you are for family, friends, being loved, etc.

BUT…I’m only making funny of you if you didn’t take the time to show those people thanks as well.

That’s the whole point of this post: showing thanks and not waiting for the holidays to do it.

“Make a regular habit of showing thanks outside of the holiday season. People will love you for it.”

WARNING: These 3 Common Excuses Are Holding You Back From Starting A Business

1. A brick & mortar location is not needed to start a business
2. It’s inexpensive to start a business (less than $100-$150 in most cases)
3. You don’t have to quit your job to start a business

I always heard stories of entrepreneurs raising thousands of dollars to fund their ventures.

Capital, capital, capital. It’s all I ever read and heard about.

The most common misconception I’ve seen in business is that it takes a lot of money to start one.

The actual cost of starting a business? $50-$100 depending on where you live and the business structure you choose.

Technology has given us the ability to work from almost anywhere in the world with a phone, laptop and decent internet connection. There’s no need for a brick and mortar location anymore.

I started GenY Success for $150. It was $100 to register an LLC (in Oregon) and another $50 to get this website up.

What’s Holding You Back From Taking The Leap Into Entrepreneurship?

It took me over 7 years of working as an employee before I decided it was time to start a business.

I guess you could say I had a major fear of failure.

But what made me finally take the leap was looking at the potential upside of entrepreneurship. I didn’t realize that there was so much more to becoming an entrepreneur besides it being a way to make more money or to be your own boss.

5 Ways To Increase Productivity In A World Full Of Distractions

When I get hired for my first real job at 18, my goal was to be the hardest worker. It was a commission-based sales job and I wasn’t compensated unless I made sales. I took a lot of pride in working long hours. And from what I could tell, all successful business people and entrepreneurs did worked grueling hours to achieve their success.

I hit a critical point in about a year. 80-100 hour weeks weren’t sustainable. I started to get pretty burnt out.

Multitasking seemed like the best answer. After all, isn’t that what being “productive” means?

That didn’t work either. I worked less hours, but the quality of my work sucked.

I decided to try a new approach: complete disregard for the number of hours and more focus on the results. Sometimes it took 6 hours to accomplish what I needed to that day, and sometimes it took 14 hours.

This approach helped, but it didn’t help me accomplish any more than I already was.

My next approach was to find as many books, articles and websites relating to productivity.

My findings went against every assumption I made about productivity. My research showed that highly productive people do not…

7 Amazing Sleep Hacks For A Better Night’s Sleep

Let me talk about why I decided to write an article on sleep.

I’m currently 25 years old. All of my life, I’ve never had challenges with energy or focus. In high school, I averaged about 5 hours of sleep each night…no problem. In college, it was about 6 hours per night.

It wasn’t until I turned 25 this past February that I started to notice that I couldn’t hold my focus for a 12 hour workday anymore. 8 hours was starting to get a little tough. I could still hammer out those hours, but it wasn’t productive for me.

I needed to take naps in the middle of the day in order to sustain my output. I’ve read many articles about the benefit of napping, but it just didn’t seem logical that I couldn’t get through a day without being dog assed tired.

I examined my diet, personal productivity and sleep quality. Fixing all of those areas ended up having a great effect on the quality of my day, but the one that made the biggest impact for me (based on my tracking) was the changes I made to increase the quality of my sleep.

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