"How-To" Articles

How to Stop Being Lazy – Instill Self Discipline and Run Your Own Life

When my wife and I first got married, I was lazy…I mean really lazy.

It wasn’t just that I didn’t wash dishes or do laundry…I didn’t even take my dishes to the kitchen and my laundry piled up on my floor.

It wasn’t that I was busy, I was just lazy. You know the drill: TV, video games, internet, repeat.

Now, I work full time for the military, run 15 miles per week, lift weights 5 hours per week, write for an hour each day and still manage to help my wife with the dishes and the laundry. Did I mention we are a family of 6 and family time is also very important to us?

So, what changed? Did the military instill this discipline in my life? Not really…


How to Eat Healthy and Still Spend Less Than $400/Month on Groceries

​​Heart disease is a killer. So is type 2 diabetes.

Anyone can get these diseases, but you can greatly reduce your chances by eating a healthy diet.

So then why don’t we all eat healthy meals every day?

Well first off, because fatty, ​processed, high-carb​ food tastes great, despite how it makes you feel.

But ​it’s also about price, right? Eating healthy is expensive. But it doesn’t have to be.​

​Our family of 6 spends less than $400 on groceries each month​. It wasn’t always like this, it takes strategy and planning.

Here are some unique things we have done that you can do too, to eat healthy and save money…


How to Read More Books This Year Than Most People Read in Their Life – Part 2

This is Part 2 of 2 in a series. Read Part 1 here.

As we were talking about in Part 1…

We all want to be reading more, but it’s hard to find the time.

Reading is one of the main ways we grow and learn.

If you want to get better at something, read about it. But you know that.

The problem is that it’s hard to find the time to actually do it.

Let’s continue with the next 6 strategies to read more books this year than most people read in their entire life…


How to Overcome Struggles, Be Happier and Take Control of Your Life

Do you want to figure out one of the key to happiness and overcoming life’s crap?

Stop taking yourself so seriously. I’m serious.

If you’re serious about your goals and your dreams, it will serve you well to relax a little.

I’m not telling you to lose your discipline or stop pouring yourself into your life. What I am telling you is that it’s ok to have fun.

What am I talking about? Let’s start with your finances…


How to Read More Books This Year Than Most People Read in Their Life – Part 1

“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” -Groucho Marx

You’re already setting goals and deciding what you’re going to accomplish? Great! What better way to start the year…

We all want to be reading more, but it’s hard to find the time.

Reading is one of the main ways we grow and learn.

If you want to get better at something, read about it. But you know that.

The problem is that it’s hard to find the time to actually do it.

Here are the first 6 strategies to read more books this year than most people read in their entire life…


How to Create More Self Discipline in Your Life

“​We are what we repeatedly do, excellence then is not an act, but a habit ​.”​ ​-​Aristotle

​Discipline isn’t about the choice to do or not do something.

It’s a choice to take control of your own life, instead of letting someone or something else do it for you.

That’s why Napoleon Hill said:

“​​​If you do not conquer self, you will be conquered by self ​.”​​

It is possible to create discipline and become a disciplined person.

​It’s not genetic and it certainly isn’t something that always comes naturally.

Here’s are 4 important things you need to know about self discipline to create more in your life…


How to Create a New Habit (Even if You’re “Too Busy”)

Are you intentional about creating new habits? You should be.

Building positive habits is one of the most powerful disciplines in the world.

Large results are created through the building of small, consistent habits.

But how do you build a new habit if you don’t have any time to spare? You know, if you think you’re “too busy”.

Everyone is busy and most people think they are too busy to add something to their life. They’re not. And you’re not.

Here’s what has worked for me, and it has also worked for many influential leaders…


How to Combat Your Morning Self (And My Morning Ritual)

​​I ​ have two personalities. My night self and my morning self.

Sometimes we don’t get along.

When my night self decides to stay up a little later, my morning self isn’t too happy.

My night self goes to sleep thinking about all of the great and productive things I’m going to do in the morning.

​But sometimes my morning self wakes up thinking my night self is an over-achiever and I should just go back to sleep.​

Sound familiar?​ Here is how I am able to combat my morning self and get stuff done…


How to Take Back Your Mornings [Infographic]

Mornings are my favorite time of the day.

I can get more done in the first 2 hours of the morning than I can in the next 8 hours of the workday.

Since I’ll be publishing an article tomorrow on successful mornings (I’ll even be sharing my morning ritual), I thought it would be appropriate to share this awesome infographic today.

Let’s quickly go over a few key things to morning time…


How to Determine the Best Age to Take Life Insurance

Most youngsters think that they do not require life insurance, and hence, they ignore it.

They neglect the benefits it offers them because they feel it’s not meant for them, so they simply take it because of statutory tax deductions.

It is okay for them to feel that way, especially if they don’t have familial responsibilities.

However, they should remember that there are different impacts when they take this type of policy during the different stages of their lives.

A life insurance policy offers you more benefits when you take it at the age of 40 as compared to when you take at the age of 25.

A 20-year life insurance policy that you take when you’re 25 years old would greatly help you during some days when you have financial needs when you are 45 years old, such as the higher education of your child. However, the same policy may not be very helpful to you when you are in your 60s if you take it when you are 40 years old.

The following is an analysis of the best time for you to take life insurance…


How to Effectively Measure Progress on Your Goals

Small progress over time leads to huge results.

Gradual increase + persistence = new habits. It’s that simple.

Small habits might not seem life-changing at first, but when you look back, you will see something amazing.

You will see huge progress compounding over time.

That’s exactly how you measure your goals. Looking backwards.

The past gives us all the information we need and it tells us what we need to change.

Let’s look at how to effectively measure goals and see our progress…


How to Increase Your Entire Family’s Productivity

Have you ever read an article on productivity and thought it would be great for someone without a family, but with a family, you couldn’t really implement most of it?

I’ve been married for almost 9 years. My wife and I have 4 kids. I’ve been there before.

I’m always looking for ways to increase my productivity, but I admit, it’s not very motivating to read an article about having a 3 hour long morning routine.

Don’t get me wrong, that sounds awesome! And I would love to that, but unfortunately, I work, spend time with my family, exercise and, oh yeah…sleep (when I’m free to do so).

I don’t have 3 hours for a morning routine and as much as I would like to, it’s just not going to happen right now.

That doesn’t mean we can’t be productive. I’m very productive and so is my family.

I have found some things that work. It’s possible to be productive, even with a big family.

Let me share what has worked for me…


How to Effectively Use Caffeine to Boost Your Productivity

​Do you drink coffee everyday?

If you’re over 18, you probably do. Statistically.

Over 50% over Americans (over the age of 18) consume coffee on a daily basis.

You may be the kind of person who gets cranky when you don’t have your coffee, or you may be able to go without it.

Either way, if you drink it everyday, you are sabotaging yourself from the benefits you could be getting from that age-old energy booster known as caffeine.

Here’s how you should be doing it…


How to Create Good Habits (And Stick With Them)

​​We all have our habits. Positive and negative.

Habits are like compound interest. They can be our best friend or our worst enemy.

So, how do you create positive habits?

How do you get them to actually stick?

​Here is the most effective way to create and stick with new habits…