Bloggers:Think Like a Successful Blogger

Here are 10 ways to think like a successful blogger.  

1.Stay Positive

Staying positive is one of the most important things you can do.  It makes your brain work better. Negative thoughts make us dumber not smarter. Negative thinking has the effect of shutting down the power of your subconscious mind. 

Positive thinking has the  effect of opening the power of the subconscious mind. If you want to be a suuccessful blogger you need to think like one. You need to be positive all the time if possible.

2. Affirmations

I like affirmations. Affirmations are postive statements.  You can actually change your own thinking for the better by repeating affirmations. 

Affirmations are my love language. They may be yours too.  If so you will benefit greatly from repeating affirmations.  I believe affirmations work.  I did an experiment once where I repeated affirmations that had to do with winning the lottery. You would think that you would have little control over winning the lottery.  However, after 7 days I won $10 spending only one dollar per day.  The odds were that it would take 100 days to win one time. I beat that by 93 days.

Some of my affirmations were like: I always win lottery money.  Winning comes easily to me.  I am a natural lottery winner.

To me this shows the power of changing your thoughts with affirmations. I don’t believe I would have won any money without using the affirmations.

Bloggers could use statemtnts like “I am a successful blogger.” ” I am making $1000 a month blogging.” These affirmations will improve your thinking . That will improve your results.

3. Daily Goals

Using daily goals is a very powerful technique for focusing your mind.  It helps you get things done by keeping clear specific goals in your mind.  Write them down. That has power to make them even stronger in your mind. This is one of the most amazing simple ways to keep focused and get things done.

Your daily goals could be related to three main areas.  They could pertain to things you do before you get taffic, during, and after you get traffic on your site.  Keyword research could be one thing you do before you get traffic.  Put that somewhere on your daily goal list.

4. Write Regularly

One way to write more is to set a time to write every day.  That does not work perfectly for me because my work schedule is irregular.  So I get as close as possible to a regular schedule. Perfection is not always possible. So be flexible in your sheduling if necssary.

Another thing is to have a set place to write.  You could also have a set number of words to write each day. It could be a daily goal or a goal for every day that you write.

Write about something that you are passionate about. That passion will keep you going when things get tough.

5. Read Regularly

Reading regularly will help give you ideas for your blog and will help you keep up with icurrent ssues.I love to read but sometimes I seem to not have time to read, So I deided to give myself a goal of reading so many minutes every day.

That should help.  I am giving myself permission to do something I love to do in order to make sure it gets done.

Reading will help fill your mind with ideas and information that you can use in your blog.

6. Keep Learning

It would be a good idea to set aside time for learning new things.  This will help keep you egaged and develop new skills.  Those new skills will help you make more money.  You can literally turn new ideas into CASH.

7. Make Lists

It is a good idea to make lists of things to do each day.  That will help keep up with everything that need to be done.

Make a list of 6 items or less.  More than 6 items is usually too much to get everything done in a day.  Prioritize your items on your list.  I use letters to let me know what is the top priority.  A is most important or urgent.  B is less important or urgent. “C” is next important and so on.

8. You “Can Do It” Attitude

Having a “you can do it” attitude will go a long way in helping you get through tough times when they come. Never give up your blogging dreams. You know it will take time to reach your dreams and make them a reality.  Believe you can and you will be half way to your goal.

9. Plan Ahead

Planning your topics in advice will make your writing come easier. You could even do a series of blog posts on closely related topics.  This will make your research go faster and farther. 

10. What to Do When You Get Stuck

There will be times when you may get stuck. You just don’t know what to do next. One thing you cvan do is to take a short break of a day or two.  Another thing you can do is to work on something that you find easier at the moment. Then you can go back to your problem that made you feel stuck.

Something else you can do is to ask for help.  You can find answers to questions online or or in books or a friend.  Look for help anywhere.  I recently was overwelmed by the number of emails I had.  I googled my question and found a helpful answer.  Ahh! Now I fell better. I have fewer emails too.

Good luck with your blogging.  One outstanding place to get training for blogging is Wealthy Affiliate.  Please see my review at Wealthy Affiliate.

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How much do I need to retire?

I recently came across an article that gives you an idea of where you stand in preparing for retirement.  It is “The Average Retirement Savings by Age” by Tim Parker. A 2015 Government Accountability study found that those between 55 and 64 have only $104,000 in retirement savings. That is far from enough to retire.  This should be a wake up call for people at different ages.

20s 

If you are in your twenties you have about $16,000 if you are in the median. That means have have more than half and half have less. Twentysomethings are dealing with student loans and starting salaries.  It is hard to save a lot.

I advised a man in his 20s to put 10% of his income into a retirement fund.  Then aim to make 10% a year on average.  That would lead to a million dollar retirement fund in 40 years.  I estimate that he has well over a half a million dollars now. He showed me his check stub and I saw he eally is putting away 10% and has been for 30+ years.

30s

If you are in your 30s you may have median savings of $45,000. Some of your issues are buying a house for example.  It is hard to save when you have just bought house.  Although if you are focused you can do a lot better than if you are not focused. Having clear wriiten goals make a big difference. My son is focused now on paying off his house early. He has a chart posted in the kitchen with a target date of 4 years.  That is one of the smatest things he could do. 

Pay early by paying 10% extra each month and make sure the extra is applied to principle not interest. Banks are known to make mistakes in this.

40s

The median savings for this group is only $63,000. This group is really behind. You may have student loans paid off now. If so put that money into retirement savings.  Start an IRA if you don’t already have one. You can save money and save on taxes at the same time. It is time to step up your savings rate.

50s

This group should have about $240,000, but actualkly only has $117,000. An income of $60,000 should allow a higher savings rate. Put away as much as possible for retirement here. You may be near your peak earning years so take advantage of that.

60s 

This group has a median savings of $172,000. That number may sound good but a $60,000 income would require about $360,000 to retire. You are getting close to that possible retire date so save as much as possible now.

I was in my 60s when we received some inheritance money.  We saved almost all of it and paid off the mortgage too.

Also remember social security. To get the maximum you would have to make $106,000 and wait to age 70.. The average recently was $1368 according to an article in Motely Fool.

Bottom Line.

Remeber it is never too late to start saving for retirement.  It is also never too early to start saving for retirement. So take action NOW no matter what age you are.

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