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This is one in a series of interviews of self help experts and bloggers in the Tips from Masters series.

jonathan-meadJonathan Mead writes about personal growth and effectiveness at Illunimated Mind. He’s also a regular guest writer at Zenhabits and the autor of Reclaim Your Dreams. In this interview Jonathan reveals some tips about creating clear intentions and setting priorities. Enjoy!

1. How did you find your passion? What do you think is the best way to find it?

I found my passion by simply following my natural curiosity. I listened to what I was drawn to learn and hungry to know more about. I found that I was drawn to certain things, and not drawn to others, I just followed what I was naturally drawn to. For those that don’t feel this pull so strongly in their lives, I suggest just trying lots of things. Be willing to give up what you don’t like, and do more of what you do like. Don’t get too attached in the beginning and feel like you have to follow through with everything you try. Just try lots of stuff and see what sticks.

2. How do you go from goal setting to implementation? How do you make sure that you take constant action toward your goals?

I’m not too big on goal setting, but I am big on creating clear intentions and defining a direction. To ensure that I am constantly moving in the direction I want to, I’ve found that a couple of things have helped me a lot. One is creating an intention board. I have a cork board in my office where I print out my most important intentions (or goals, if you’d like to use that word) and put them up on the board. I try to stick to no more than eight intentions at a time. Some of mine might be “I’m launching my next best-selling product” or “I am extremely focused.” Whatever is most important to me, I put it up. I’ll review and change these every three months or so.

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This is one in a series of interviews of self help experts and bloggers in the Tips from Masters series.

donaldDonald Latumahina writes about personal growth and effectiveness at Life Optimizer. His mission is helping people live life to the fullest. Donald shares a great technique on staying focused with ultradian sprint. Enjoy!

1. How did you find your passion? What do you think is the best way to find it?

I found my passions by following my curiosity and exploring many different things. Over time, a pattern emerged that showed certain things I consistently do and enjoy. I then realized that these are my passions and I started to take them seriously.

From that experience, I think the best way to find your passions is to explore many different things and see what stick. Those that you consistently enjoy are your passions. Having a curious mind is helpful here because it makes you interested in many more things and hence explore more diverse fields.

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This is one in a series of interviews of self help experts and bloggers in the Tips from Masters series.
Glen Allsopp is a personal development blogger from UK who writes at PluginID. Glen’s goal is to awaken, inspire and motivate others, and I think he’s quite successfully accomplishes it with his writing. Enjoy Glen’s advice on
1. How did you find your passion? What do you think is the best way for other people to find theirs?
I found my passion simply by living life. I tried so many things that I just ended up with a few that I really loved. I don’t think you ‘find’ your passion and nor do I think it finds you. Instead, I believe that you should live your life to the full and follow the things that most interest you right now. I don’t believe that we have a life purpose or set passion, but that we should explore whatever interests most.
From there, doors will open and things will happen. That’s certainly how things worked out for me.
2. How do you go from goal setting to implementation? How do you make sure that you take constant action toward your goals?
There are two easy ways to make sure you take action towards your goals. The first is that you set a public deadline of when the goal will be completed. This pushes you to work on something so that you don’t let yourself or others down. Secondly, and the one I prefer, is just to only work on things you totally love. I have eliminated pretty much all tasks that I don’t love from my schedule and I have no problems getting motivated for the goals that I have.
It’s possible this section option means that you let people down or it takes time to have that much freedom, but I believe it is worth it.
3. How do you stay focused? How do you keep distractions at bay?I struggle with this one a lot, and I’ve tried many different methods. The easiest way to stay focused, which I covered in the last answer, is to work on things you’re just naturally, totally passionate about. If that is not an option (naturally) then I like to use a timetable system. Yeah, those things we used in school. Each day I set myself a timetable for what I want to do and how long I give myself to do each task.
Some things to note on this are that:
– If I go over the time limit for a task, i will stop working on it. No exceptions.
– I do not fill my whole day with the timetable. Instead I schedule about 4 hours worth of work which keeps me flexible for life’s interruptions
– The first thing I do each day is write my timetable. That way I get into a habit of just naturally getting to work and taking action
Timetables won’t be for everyone, but if you are struggling to stay focused on things and take action, I highly recommend trying them out.
If you want to learn more from Jonathan, visit his blog, jonathanfields.com, or read his book, “Career Renegade: How to Make a Great Living Doing What You Love”

This is one in a series of interviews of self help experts and bloggers in the Tips from Masters series.

allsoppGlen Allsopp is a personal development blogger from UK who writes at PluginID. Glen’s goal is to awaken, inspire and motivate others, and I think he’s quite successfully accomplishes it with his writing. Enjoy Glen’s advice on goal setting

1. How did you find your passion? What do you think is the best way for other people to find theirs?

I found my passion simply by living life. I tried so many things that I just ended up with a few that I really loved. I don’t think you ‘find’ your passion and nor do I think it finds you. Instead, I believe that you should live your life to the full and follow the things that most interest you right now. I don’t believe that we have a life purpose or set passion, but that we should explore whatever interests us most.

From there, doors will open and things will happen. That’s certainly how things worked out for me.

2. How do you go from goal setting to implementation? How do you make sure that you take constant action toward your goals?

There are two easy ways to make sure you take action towards your goals. The first is that you set a public deadline of when the goal will be completed. This pushes you to work on something so that you don’t let yourself or others down. Secondly, and the one I prefer, is just to only work on things you totally love. I have eliminated pretty much all tasks that I don’t love from my schedule and I have no problems getting motivated for the goals that I have.

It’s possible this second option means that you let people down or it takes time to have that much freedom, but I believe it is worth it.

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This is one in a series of interviews of self help experts and bloggers in the Tips from Masters series.

henrikHenrik Edberg writes about improving social life, health, happiness and general awesomeness on his blog, www.positivityblog.com. Henrik shares some great advice on finding your true passion and keeping distractions at bay. Enjoy!

1. How did you find your passion? What do you think is the best way for other people to find theirs?

Pretty much by accident, I just started writing because I liked sharing exciting stuff with people and the Internet seemed like a good place to do that. In the beginning – like 10 years ago – I wrote about music and films in Swedish. For the last few years I have shared things I have learned about life and personal development.

I think the best way to find what your passion – or just what you really, really like to do – is to try many things. To go out and explore life. Because you never know how things really are and what you think of them until you have tried them. Get many experiences and you’ll probably find something you really like.

2. How do you go from goal setting to implementation? How do you make sure that you take constant action toward your goals?

Well, I have a to-do list on my computer with concrete actions that I can take to move myself towards my goals. I also use a white board on my wall that I see all the time with my main goals so I don’t get derailed. Then I just focus on today and the now and doing what I know are the right things to do today to move myself forward.

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This is one in a series of interviews of self help experts and bloggers in the Tips from Masters series.

fieldsJonathan Fields is author and career coach who in his recent book Career Renegade shares how to make a great living doing what you love. Jonathan writes at his blog,  www.jonathanfields.com, about success, leadership, life balance and today he’ll share with you some profound tips on mindset training, focus and passion.

1. How did you find your passion? What do you think is the best way to find it?

My challenge has never been to find my passion, but rather to choose among many passions and, on a professional level, figure out how to generate a substantial living from certain passions that traditionally don’t generate much cash. I also don’t really buy that we don’t know what our passions are.

Ask a kid what they love to do and they’ll rattle off any number of activities. What changes when we’re older is that we subconsciously tack on an ugly qualifier. We don’t just ask what we love to do, we ask what we love to do that’ll make a boatload of money. Bad idea. Because, adding on the money filter allows us to literally fool ourselves into thinking we don’t know what we love to do when, really, we do know, we just don’t know how to make money at it.

So, ask the do what you love question, first, without regard to money. Then, see if there’s a readily apparent mainstream path to income. If so, follow it. If not, before you bail, rise to the challenge of “going renegade” and exploring unconventional ways to turn your passion into a living. My book, Career Renegade, is almost entirely about this process.

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This is one in a series of interviews of self help experts and bloggers in the Tips from Masters series.

timTim Brownson is a life coach and NLP Master Practitioner from UK. He is also also the author of Don’t Ask Stupid Questions and  co-author of How To Be Rich and Happy. Tim runs a great self development blog, The Discomfort Zone, for people with a sense of humor.

1. How did you find your passion? What do you think is the best way to find it?

I was lucky in so much as I stumbled into coaching after 20 years working in sales. It’s an entire book describing how you find your passion, but I think the starting point has to be knowing your own values. If you don’t understand what is at the core of your identity and what really drives you it’s going to be difficult to know what you’re passionate about.

2. How do you go from goal setting to implementation? How do you make sure that you take constant action toward your goals?

That really depends on whether you’re talking about me, or what I do with clients. With clients it’s really about understanding what motivates them and using that to keep them going. They may be primarily motivated by what they have to gain by sticking with their goals or they may be the type of person that is driven by what they have to lose. Again values come into play as they can be a great indicator as to what will help somebody keep on track.

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This is one in a series of interviews of self help experts and bloggers in the Tips from Masters series.

gretchenGretchen Rubin is a best-selling writer whose new book, The Happiness Project, is an account of the year she spent test-driving studies and theories about how to be happier. On The Happiness Project blog, she shares her insights to help you create your own happiness project.

1. How did you find your passion? What do you think is the best way to find it?

For me, the passion to write became irresistible. I did other things for years, but in the end, the desire to write was so great that I made the switch. I think for most people, the best way to find your passion is to examine what you actually DO – not what you think you should be doing, or what you think your interests are. How do you actually spend your free time? What do you like reading, doing, learning — that you actually pursue? It might not be what you think.

2. How do you go from goal setting to implementation? How do you make sure that you take constant action toward your goals?

I’m very lucky in that I have the kind of personality where I thrive on action and accomplishment. I hate deadlines so I don’t procrastinate. I love my work, so I love sitting down to get started.

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This is one in a series of interviews of self help experts and bloggers in the Tips from Masters series.

rouaDragos Roua is self-made entrepreneur from Romania who writes about personal development, productivity, and the art of getting things done at his blog www.dragosroua.com. Here Dragos shares some very deep insights on self-discovery and creating your desired reality.

1. How did you find your passion? What do you think is the best way to find it?

I don’t know, to be honest. My passion is in fact a bunch of passions. I can’t say I have only one passion or I follow only one path. I’m experimenting a lot. I love to write. I love to travel. I love to create value for other people. I don’t really think you should do something to find your passion, because your real passion is already inside you. Trying to find it outside your real being would be a waste of time. All you have to do is to become authentic. Expunge the social layers which took the authenticity away from you. Be who you are. Even if this is making feeling awkward. Especially if this is making yourself feeling awkward. That’s a sign your social conditioning is affected, you’re on the right track.

In my experience, if you really are authentic, at some point, something will click inside. Some slow development inside will suddenly flourish and make you aware of that exact “something” you wanted to do for so long. That’s what people are usually calling “finding your passion”. I think this is a process of self-discovery, not a process of world discovery. Traveling to find your passion, for instance, it’s working only if traveling is making yourself feeling amazingly good, if you’re authentic while you travel.

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This is first in a series of interviews of self help experts in the Tips from Masters series.

lisisLisis Blackston is a stay-at-home wife and homeschooling mom who shares her personal quest to finding happiness amidst the challenges of life at her blog, Quest For Balance. Lisis teaches by example that happiness and inner piece come from realizing your purpose and serving others.

1. How did you find your passion? What do you think is the best way to find it?

My passion (helping others overcome their challenges) was actually there all along, but it took me a while to recognize it. I was always playing armchair shrink to all my friends and family. They would tell me I should become a psychologist, psychiatrist or life coach. But I was never comfortable with the idea of charging people to help them feel better (even if they can afford it), or with having to adhere to medical ethics and standard protocol. I will do and say anything I can to help someone else find their way out of darkness, and I don’t have to file any paperwork for it!

The way I finally recognized that it was my passion was that I turned within. I don’t know if this works for everyone, but it worked for me. I spent a couple of years living out in the country, in relative isolation… not on purpose; it just worked out that way. I would only see my husband evenings and weekends, and my son all day, as I was homeschooling him. I had email and phone conversations with friends but, for the most part, I had silence, solitude, and the serene reassurance of nature to guide me in my journey. Once all the noise and distractions were quieted down, my passion just bubbled to the surface… and I started my blog.

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