This week’s interview is with Johnny Helleland, Web Designer, Blogger & Life Coach. Johnny is an incredible Goal Achiever who coaches people on how to find their purpose in life, how to be productive on many levels, and how to break free and wake up to a new experience. He despises 9 to 5 jobs, screwed-up educational system and bad coffee.
The Achievers Story
Tell us who you are, where you’re from and something that people would find interesting about you?
Thank you for having me. It’s always interesting to share my story and try to share some knowledge that can move people forward. My name is Johnny and I am from Norway. I’ve been living here in my apartment for about 16 years. I’ve had 4 part time jobs and kept them for a long time. In my last job, at a local hotel, I decided it just wasn’t for me and ditched the job. I expected to make things different for myself.
Give us a brief overview about the goal you achieved and why it was so important?
I had a hard time finding a job that seemed to match my true self. That’s part of the reason why I left previous jobs. I found them to be so limiting. Part of my story includes 17 years in martial arts, 15 of which were spent as a trainer. The last few years I’ve been doing web design and during almost every client meeting, I found my conversations turning into coaching sessions. I try to dig in deep to know what’s really going on so that I can help my clients with their business.
In January 2015, I got really tired of my jobs as a web designer. It was actually Mind Valley Academy that helped me understand I wasn’t really doing what I was supposed to do. I started to do meditation and visualization to figure out what makes my energy flow. Then, I discovered it was actually when I coached and trained people. Even during a short meeting in a coffee shop, If I can help someone out it, it boosts my energy so high that I just go out and smile.
Let’s dive a little deeper because every story has a beginning, middle, and an end. Give us an example of what your life was like before achieving the goal?
Running the Taekwondo club, part time jobs and web design is really what I had been doing. Stress was a big part of my life. I was trying to do too much at one time. I was very busy and wished I could duplicate myself to create more time.
Help us understand what it was that really caused you to move in a different direction?
I’ve spent years studying what’s really happening on this planet. What are human beings doing here? Where do we come from? How do we expand and grow both inside and outside? I think that’s one of the most important things that happened. I remember about two years ago I was standing in front of the bathroom mirror brushing my teeth and I started to think about what that year was going to be about. Instantly I had a thought and it was acceleration. I had no idea where it came from, but it was so strong, clear and vivid it didn’t go away for weeks. There was another transformational sensing I had about one year ago that was really telling me to change stuff. I started clearing out all my old stuff like clothes, work routines and then it really hit me in January 2015.
Give us an example of what your life is like today?
I have routines now. If I don’t have routines I will do too much. I feel a lot better now because I’m doing what I was meant to do. I work happy and I’m more relaxed and passionate about coaching. I am noticing that coaching gives me more energy which makes me think I’m really moving in the right direction.
A typical day starts with kick practice, stretching and yoga to get my body started really fast. After that, I drink a glass of water and get going.
Overcoming The Obstacles
If there’s one thing I know for sure it’s that obstacles like fear, time and money among other things can prevent us from or motivate us towards achieving goals. What are the top 3 obstacles you faced, why were they obstacles to begin with, and how were they conquered?
This is a hard question to answer because I’m really into creating your own reality and doing it deliberately. Part of my story was that I had a crappy childhood. Because of the intense changes I’ve made in myself it’s like the past disappears and that’s why it’s hard to explain this.
One of the main obstacles I noticed some years ago was having a bad money mindset from childhood. I needed to become a grown up to understand that and it is because of my mother. During the worst times we were living in tents, motels and I’ve been told we moved a total of 32 times. We were always struggling with money, places to stay and food to eat. This has been one of the biggest obstacles I’ve had to deal with and try to change.
The Second obstacle was taking on too much and not focusing on what I really wanted to do. I would get ideas and just start working towards them. I had to realize there is a good time for everything and focus is important.
The third obstacle was stress. I had a typical love story crash and it was probably related to my childhood and getting abandoned which wasn’t really this girls fault. However, that combined with all the work and being a trainer caused me a lot of stress. I managed to fix this myself by just deciding to make the changes that started in January. I used meditation which rewires your brain. I also changed my eating habits to include as many high energy and clean food as possible.
The next part of the interview is the Triumph. The triumph is all about taking the success of achievement to the next level of personal greatness. The idea of greatness can be different for everyone. For me, greatness is all about the pursuit rather than the destination. What does greatness mean to you and how has achieving this goal contributed to that idea?
Greatness means that you dare to find, look at and be your true self. Open up the inside and look at the real spark of who you are. Look at the color, shape and form of that. I’m a bit of a rebel when it comes to societal norms because there are too many screwed up systems and limiting beliefs. To find your true self, step out of society’s norms, expand, enlighten and have people follow your light.
On the other hand, If you want to be an actor and do what other people tell you to do, you can do that, but it will be a struggle and you will hurt over time which creates disease.
I would say that no matter what people say, be your true self and expand from that. Be a hero! Be a superhuman!
Roadmap To Goal Achievement
What is the best advice you ever received that helped you clarify and/or achieve this goal?
I didn’t really have mentors, but I did a huge amount of reading and self-medication. Advice related to what I’ve said before would be to deselect and say no. It’s about learning what not to do because we can do everything if we want to and you won’t get anywhere.
I’m telling a few of my local students here in town the following: If you have a jug of water that will fill 2 glasses, but you want to fill five glasses, none of the glasses will become full. You need to focus on two glasses or two goals because if you want to go everywhere you won’t get anywhere. That helped me a lot so only choose what really matters.
What are some of the resources and tools that helped you achieve this goal?
Mindvalley Insights – They helped me with goal setting, meditation and being focused.
Asana – I use it with my team to handle client projects
Have the right planning system for you.
What did you do to stay motivated throughout the process?
I have been good at motivating myself because I chose to do that. Sometimes I watch videos on YouTube but books have been important. The more you read the more you actually do what Dr. Joe Dispenza is talking about. You start to rewire your brain and you will start to act differently and think differently and the result will be different. It will be more like you want it to be. Meditation is important and I’ve also setup vision boards. I would say podcasts as well.
Is there a book that helped you achieve this goal? If so, how?
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill is a must read.
When I picked up this book I was thinking it was a typical American money book but it wasn’t. I was surprised! The mindset and way of thinking in this book was written around the 1930’s. Millions have read this book and it really gets people to think.
What blogs and podcasts do you recommend?
If you were advising someone on how to achieve the same goal or something similar, what specific steps would you have them follow?
I’ve had so many conversations through the years and I’ve seen a pattern for what’s needed. One of the things I started this summer is just about to open. I created my own mind changing program called the Sense of Success Program.
One of the things I tell people is that everything starts with a thought and you can control your thoughts. When you know these things you can start to choose your thoughts. Be sure to choose the right thoughts.
Next, spend some time to find your true inner core, passion and skills because it will help to narrow your path and tell you where to spend your time and energy.
Don’t pick more than 2 goals so you can have enough brain juice, focus, and energy to actually get there. Along the way, be sure to deselect everything else and be persistent.
You can also try to plan backward. As long as you know your goal, you can plan backward because you know what steps you need to take to get to your goal.
Do you have any advice to help people find their inner core?
Yes! I give it away to all my email subscribers. It’s 22 questions and you really have to sit down with it.
Everyone has routines. We have an established mindset. We do specific things in a certain way. We have things we like to do and things we don’t like to do. By asking those types of questions, we start to build a persona which indicates more and more what kind of person they are and what kind of interests and skills they seem to have. It also takes having a conversation to really find this in people because it’s an energy exchange to figure out who they are and where they want to be. Everyone has tendencies and Its about what we do unconsciously that shows us who we really are.
What’s the best way for people to connect with you?
Is there anything else you would like to share before we conclude?
You have to set a certain standard for yourself. You have to evaluate your environment and your reality. Look at the places you go, the clothes you wear. Look at your family and friends. Is there anyone draining you or sucking your energy, keeping you down or disliking your dreams and goals?
Exclude negative people and start to attract new people with a more expanded mindset who have like-minded goals. Evaluate your thoughts daily, be persistent, create habits and routines so that you will rewire your brain. Don’t give up!