Interview With Life Coach And Personal Development Blogger Justin Mazza

Justin MazzToday I have the pleasure to introduce you to Life Coach and Personal Development Blogger Justin Mazza.  It’s been a while since I had an interview on this blog, so I thought this would be a good time to do this again while the year is still young.

So, without further ado, here is my interview guest.

I hope you enjoy!

Hi Justin, please, introduce yourself… Who are you and what do you do?

Hi Sylviane.  My name is Justin Mazza and I am a father, a husband, a life coach, as well as a personal growth blogger.

Personal growth is something I am committed to for the rest of my life. Once we stop growing in life we begin to atrophy, and none of us want that.

It seems to me that one of the biggest blocks we collectively face is distractions from our goals and desires. For example, the year of 2013 is going to be the year where I take my blog to an even higher level.

At the very beginning of this year I wrote down a list of goals that I wanted to achieve on a dry erase board so I could visually see them. Next, I created an action plan and have been following that plan right down to the finest details.

I find that writing down my intentions and having a plan of action works best for me.  In some instances I don’t need to use this approach, but overall it is an effective strategy.

At one point did you start being interested in personal development?

I started my personal development journey back in 1997. I had just moved out of my Dad’s house and began renting a studio apartment several miles away. I thought I was going to love being on my own, but I didn’t  Having the extra bills and feeling alone, you could say I was feeling a bit depressed.

I had trouble sleeping one night so I decided to watch some television to occupy my mind. While flicking through the channels, I came across the QVC channel where Tony Robbins was promoting his Personal Power 2 audio program.

It was airing at the point in the program where people were calling in to express how well Personal Power 2 had worked for them. I was intrigued to say the least because I had some areas in my life back then that I felt I needed to work on.

So, I ordered the program, which was $195 back in 1997, and I eagerly awaited its arrival. Once it arrived to my apartment I opened it up and listened to it every day for 30 days.

The program really helped me to take action in my life, and as a result, a month later I bought my first home at the age of 23.

For those who don’t know you, can you tell us what topics you write about?

In the beginning stages of my blog I primarily wrote about personal development topics.  Being an avid reader I was knowledgeable in a lot of areas so I started incorporating them into my blog.

I enjoy writing about spiritual matters like acceptance and forgiveness, metaphysical topics like the nature of reality, and the law of attraction, and also paranormal topics and health matters.

Going forward with my blog I am focusing on the theme of conscious evolution. Conscious evolution is a worldview that we raise the consciousness of the planet by participating in our own spiritual growth.

With conscious evolution we can literally change the world by changing ourselves first.

Where did you first hear of the Law of Attraction?

I heard about the Law of Attraction while searching through the Metaphysical section of Barnes and Noble. I have been an avid reader for the better part of a decade and I have read more than 700 non-fiction books.

I consider Abraham-Hicks and Dr. Robert Anthony to be the two best sources for learning and mastering the Law of Attraction. There are a lot of good blogs that cover LOA as well.

As a life coach, what is the first advice you give people who seek your help?

I cannot do the work for you. I am here as an advisor, as someone who will pull you to the next level. Most people know what they need to do with their life; the problem is they often lack the courage and or have a plan to take the necessary steps, and that is where I come in.

I look at anyone who wants my help as a friend in need of some support and not as just a client or money. I truly believe when we help another in any way we can, to the best of our ability, we our ultimately helping ourselves and raising the consciousness of the planet.

That is the reason why I blog and why I love coaching my friends to the next level.

You’ve probably heard the question; “What would you do if you didn’t need money?” I would be doing exactly what I am doing now because I feel it is the best place for me to contribute to our World.

Do you think everyone should have a success/life coach?

Absolutely. I hired several personal coaches in 2005 and they totally helped me to get myself aligned with my personal goals. Every successful athlete and business person hires a coach to take the pressure off their minds so they can stay focused on their goals.

Trying to “go it alone” seldom works these days because most people’s lives are so inundated with responsibilities that it becomes easy to “get off track.” That is where I come in to help people stay on track so they can stay focused and aligned with their goals, dreams and desires.

Do you encounter people you can’t help, and if yes, who are they?

People who don’t want to take control of their lives and people who freely give their power away to their problems. We have to want to change our unconscious habits and the best way to do this is by changing the way we feel about change.

Life is in a perpetual state of change and so we need to be able to change with it. Nothing is static in our world and the last place we need to be static is in our thinking about change.

What are the most frequent questions people ask you?

Generally speaking, the biggest problem people have is with making new changes in their lives. As you know, the subconscious mind does not like change very much, and because of that internal resistance, most people don’t have what it takes to make changes in their lives so they stay stuck in their current life patterns.

The only way to become “unstuck” is by allowing yourself to be vulnerable just for a short time to allow yourself to make the needed changes in your life. It’s not dangerous to make changes, but the subconscious mind is feeling based, so anytime you even think about making a change, strong feelings will be present within you.

The strong feelings will eventually go away as you adjust to your new way of life.

How did you come up with your blog’s name?

Great question Sylviane. When I started my blog I wanted to come up with a name that was in line with my niche. What I found out after searching a dozen or so domain name ideas were that they were already taken.

I didn’t want to spend any more time searching for a domain name so I decided to use the name of my email address at the time; which was Mazzastick. My Dad’s side of my family is from Sicily, and the name Mazza means something like stick, club, hammer; something to hit with.

I often wonder when someone visits my blog what they think of the name.

Do you have a regular schedule to post on your blog, and if yes when is it?

I’ve written on average about two to three posts a week for two years, even though the schedule does vary at times. I believe being consistent is a big part of blogging success. Ideally, I would write a new post every day, but I am not at that level yet

Where can my readers find you if they want to visit you?

My Conscious Evolution blog is at Mazzastick.com. I encourage you readers to sign up for my newsletter and get a free copy of my latest eBook: The Personal Growth Handbook.

Thank you for those great answers, Justin and I hope everyone reading this enjoyed it. I know I did. Please, leave your comments and feedbacks below.

 

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55 Comments

  • Justin says:

    Hi Sylviane,
    Thanks so much for the interview on your blog. I hope your readers get some positive value from it.

    Take Care.

    • Sylviane Nuccio says:

      Your welcome, Justin. It was my pleasure to have you here.

      I’m sure that my readers will enjoy your very valuable responses to my questions.

  • Dick Ingersoll says:

    Pleasure to meet you Justin!

    I’m interested in your planning. I know that planning is important but… I am also a firm believer in not telling the Universe how to provide. Often in meditation I receive insight that I didn’t plan for that provides great ideas. I believe your plan needs to be flexible enough for change when this happens and based on what I’ve seen on your site, I’m sure yours is.

    • Justin says:

      Hi Dick,
      Yes, we don’t have total control of how what we want will manifest in our lives. I find that having an attitude of curiosity instead of expectation helps me to let go and detach from the outcome.

      Take Care.

    • Sylviane Nuccio says:

      Hi Dick and welcome to my blog thanks to Justin :)

      You are so right. While it’s important to be specific about what we want we shouldn’t tell the Universe how we want it to happen or when.

      Thanks for your input.

  • Harleena SinghTwitter: harleenas says:

    Welcome to Sylviane’s blog Justin!

    It sure is nice to see you here, and what a wonderful interview as well. :)

    It’s always so nice to know more about fellow bloggers and friend’s whom we’ve met in the Blogosphere over time, and Justin is well known for the inspiring content he shares on his blog too. Ah…I too wondered about the name, and thought perhaps it should have had your surname or Mazza, so thanks for clarifying more about that bit.

    Yes, I agree, most people nowadays want to know how they can change their lives or make it better. I guess a life coach can’t do that for them, though guide them to achieve their goals and satisfaction in life. Wishing you all the very best in your endeavors.:)

    Thanks for sharing more about Justin with all of us Sylviane :)
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    • Justin says:

      Hi Harleena,
      I know, It seems that interviews are a great way to get to know about a fellow blogger much easier. The name for my blog was quite a mystery to many, I know it may not make any sense to most, but at least it is unique. :)

      Take Care my friend.

    • Sylviane Nuccio says:

      Hi Harleena,

      It’s nice to know that you know Justin, and I’m sure you enjoy his blog as well.

      I’ve met him about a year ago and I thought he knew his stuff, so that’s why I wanted to invite him here. Glad you enjoyed!

      Thanks for your thoughts and input.

  • Hiten says:

    Hi Sylviane,

    It’s great to be at your blog and I loved your interview with the great Justin Mazza. I know Justin personally and he is an amazing coach and friend. His compassion for the people he helps is phenomenal.

    Justin, I loved reading about your background and how you have reached the position where you currently are. It is absolutely inspirational!

    • Justin says:

      Hi Hiten,
      Thanks so much my friend. I am completely inspired by your good vibes and attitude my friend. Thanks so much. :)

    • Sylviane Nuccio says:

      Hi Hiten,

      So glad you made it here. Indeed, I enjoyed doing this interview with Justin, and I thought it would be something positive for both of us.

      Thank you for coming and hope to see you around again sometimes.

  • AdrienneTwitter: adriennesmith40 says:

    Hey Sylviane, great to see you interviewing Justin.

    I haven’t been by his blog in quite a long time now. I use to visit him pretty regularly but he took a different direction way back when and is now on the right path and sharing the love.

    I enjoyed this interview and Justin, it’s great to hear what you’ve been up to and how well you’re doing my friend. I am so glad your coaching is going well and things are getting better and better as time goes by. I have no doubt you’ll accomplish everything you have set for yourself.

    Thank you for sharing this with us and it’s darn good to see you. Hope the family is doing well too.

    ~Adrienne
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    • Justin says:

      Hi Adrienne,
      Long time no see. :). Last year I decided to take a long time off from commenting, I even closed comments on my blog for a couple of months. I wanted to run a test to see if I removed some things from my blogging schedule if I could get more done.

      The test did not go as planned, so I turned comments back on and I do comment now, only not as much. This year I have been focusing on guest posting rather than commenting.

      Thanks for the feedback. :)

    • Sylviane Nuccio says:

      Hi Adrienne,

      I know that something positive always comes out from interviewing someone. In your case you’ve rediscovered an old friend so that’s great.

      I really enjoyed reading Justin’s answers to my questions myself. Interviews give a bit of a change of pace and someone else’s voice. I love it.

      Thanks for coming by, Adirenne.

  • Donna MerrillTwitter: donna_tribe says:

    Hi Sylviane!

    Great interview with Justin! As I was reading this, Justin mentioned that he couldn’t sleep and was watching TV and there was Tony Robbins! I had to laugh because I had the exact same experience!
    I like the way you said it Justin that you cannot do the work for your clients. That is one of the first things I tell people too. It seems to sweep away those who are really not ready to make that commitment.
    As a Life Coach, our clients need to make that commitment. They also need to put things into action. That’s where the coaching becomes necessary!
    Great interview
    Donna

    • Justin says:

      Hi Donna,
      I think Tony has a way of getting people to watch his late night infomercials. :) He sure got me that night, plus I ended up buying several more of Tony’s programs eventually.

      A lot of people want the easy way of doing things, they want the results but they don’t want to do the work. I’ve done the work, and so have you, and you know this is how we can make real, lasting, positive changes in our life.

      Take Care.

    • Sylviane Nuccio says:

      Hi Donna,

      I’m so glad you enjoyed Justin’s interview and could relate to his story. But again all of us in personal development can easily relate to each other, can’t we?

      Thanks for coming, Donna.

  • Shorya Bist says:

    Hi Sylviane,

    Thanks for sharing the interview with Justin , i am following him from last couple of weeks.Must say he is doing a great work on his blog.
    Interview question was great that you chose as it totally reflecting Justin’s in and out thoughts,experiences and views.

    My best wishes for both of You.

    Thank You
    Shorya Bist
    From Youthofest

    • Sylviane Nuccio says:

      HI Shorya,

      How interesting to see you here because this morning I woke up thinking what blog I needed to visit today and you were on my list.

      I’m glad you enjoyed Justin’s interview. He really gave interesting answers, indeed.

    • Justin says:

      Thanks Shorya, I am a fan of your blog as well. I appreciate all the positive feedback I have gotten with the interview by Sylviane.

      Conscious evolution is a journey and we learn and grow as we go – day by day. It’s been a fun journey and my desire is to help others on their journey through coaching.

      Take care.

  • Sue Neal says:

    Hi Justin and Sylviane,

    Thanks for a very interesting interview. It’s amazing how often a low point in our lives can be a stimulus for positive change, if we allow it to be, and that certainly seems to be what happened with you, Justin.

    You’re right about life involving perpetual change – I think one of the reasons people get stuck is that they have a tendency to resist that change, rather than embracing it and moving forwards. Like you, I aim to keep learning and developing until I’m 6 feet under!

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experiences – and congratulations on coming up with such a snazzy name for your blog – nice one!

    Sue

    • Justin says:

      Hi Sue,
      Thanks so much for your kind words, I really appreciate them. It appears to me that resistance to change and or just moving forward is the biggest challenge that most people make. Having a “loving coach” to assist with the uncertainty of change is always a big help.

      I will come over and check out your site. :)

  • Carol LynnTwitter: carollynnrivera says:

    Hi Justin, nice to meet you on Sylviane’s blog! This is the perfect topic and something Sylvaine has got me thinking about quite a bit every time she writes about it.

    This is my favorite line: “I cannot do the work for you.” That plays into a lot of things, about taking control of your own life, breaking out of victim mentality, making the changes you want. You’re right, nobody can do that but you. The only thing you can do is guide and lead but people have to be driven by their own desire and be willing to take the action to accomplish their goals.

    You’re right about another thing, too: people don’t like to change. It’s funny, you see that in a lot of tiny ways, too. Think about every time Facebook makes a change to something and how everyone gets totally up in arms. People freak out and talk about how they are NEVER coming back and get totally hysterical. And that is something completely inconsequential! Now imagine trying to get those people to change something major in their own lives… now that’s a challenge!

    I admit I was worse in that department too. I used to cling to everything and want it to be the same. But that doesn’t happen, does it? So I eventually decided that it wasn’t worth it and I decided to not only accept the fact that things change but MAKE them change on purpose! So now I’m a change-making machine :) I think I drive people a little crazy.

    Anyway it is nice and comforting when things are the same and you get that sense of security and familiarity. But you still have to be open to other things.

    Now that I babbled on and on, it was nice to meet you here, Justin, and I enjoyed reading your interview!
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    • Sylviane Nuccio says:

      Hi Carol,

      I’m glad you enjoyed this interview Carol.

      Your example of how people react just because of some facebook changes goes to tell you that lots of people don’t like change. The thing is that change is inevitable, is it?

      Thanks for your great input, Carol.

    • Justin says:

      Hi Carol,
      Nice to meet you too. If we really want to change then only we can make it happen through our thoughts and actions. Change is a constant in our Universe and we need to be able to flow with them.

      I know, easier said then done. :)

  • Barbara CharlesTwitter: BarbaraCharlesl says:

    Hi Sylviane, Justin,

    Thanks for introducing me to Justin in this article. I definitely like to meet successful personal development coaches as their advice usually hits upon someone’s life issues. I don’t know many personal development coaches out there right now so it’s nice to know who the good ones are so we can reach out when needed. Thanks for the intro and Justin – welcome to Syviane’s page. Hope you come back with more insight for us.
    Regards,
    Barbara
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    • Justin says:

      Hi Barbara,
      Thanks for your kind words. I have had many coaches in my life as well as having coached people too. We all benefit by having someone in our lives who we can count on to keep us on track of our goals.

      Take Care.

    • Sylviane Nuccio says:

      Hi Barbara,

      I’m glad that you enjoyed this interview and getting to know Justin.

      Yes, he will be back soon for a guest post!

      Thanks for coming.

  • Neamat TawadrousTwitter: nkeriakos says:

    Hi Sylviane and Justin,

    What a wonderful interview Sylviane. I enjoyed reading it.

    Yes, I agree most people nowadays need to know how they can change their lives or make it better and they also need to remember that everything in life is temporary so is the change. The good and the bad do not last. Everything exists for a finite time. That is a fact of life. To resist that fact does no good because it does not change the reality. I think that is when the life coach’s role comes in to guide them to achieve their goals but of course, he cannot do it for them. They need to have the will to change to the better.

    Wishing you all the very best Justin!

    Thanks Sylviane for sharing more about Justin with all of us.

    Be Blessed,

    Neamat
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    • Justin says:

      Hi Neamat,
      Well said my friend. All experiences are temporary and they will eventually change as all circumstances do. Having a coach is paramount to making the transition or change much more manageable to handle.

      Take Care.

    • Sylviane Nuccio says:

      Hi Neamat,

      I’m glad that you enjoyed this interview. Things do change, indeed, no matter if we like it or not.

      A coach can only help those who want to be helped for sure. The good thing about it is that most people having taken the steps to hire a coach are ready to make that change and do what they are asked to do to help themselves.

      Thanks for coming, and for your input on that!

  • Aditya says:

    Hi Sylviane and Justin,

    Superb interview, I especially love the fact how you perceive change. After a series of setbacks, I decided that the problem was with me and that I had to stamp my way all over life. For that to happen, it has to begin with accepting change and seeing the positivity. It was a dramatic success and I’m so happy something similar resonates in this post.

    Thanks Sylviane for sharing Justin with us. Sure looks like the real deal!

    Aditya

    • Justin says:

      Hi Aditya,
      Thanks so much for your positive feedback. You got it right, all circumstances in our lives are our creations and they are our responsibility for us to resolve.

      I often hear of people blaming their bosses, spouses, children etc for their problems. What this does is takes power away from the individual and places it outside of them causing them to feel like a victim.

      Take Care.

    • Sylviane Nuccio says:

      That’s great, Aditya!

      When you are strong enough to say it’s me so much good comes your way. It’s like you are finally opening the floodgate of good.

      Thank you for your input.

  • MayuraTwitter: MayuraDeSilva says:

    Hi Justin,

    Nice to meet you here on Sylviane’s place :) I’ve seen you on some blogs I visit but couldn’t figure out until I see the profile picture you have with your comments.

    It’s really nice of you for sharing your starting point and yes, Sylviane for asking the right question :) It makes me think how people change their lives within a short period of time by taking necessary actions after being through circumstances. Well, everyone has their own story.

    If we have the burning desire to success in first place, we can prevent being lead to worse circumstances and improve flexibility when it comes to necessary changes, no Justin? :)

    Thanks for wonderful interview Sylviane and it’s an inspiration for everyone visiting here for sure :)

    Have a wonderful weekend for both of you, Justin and Sylviane :)

    Cheers…
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    • Justin says:

      Hi Mayura,
      Good to see you too. Yes, we can make the lasting changes in our lives that we really want to once we commit to them. I recommend just taking a few minutes or more a day and look at areas in your life you want to change.

      Then become open to the idea and create a written plan for doing exactly just that. I find that when I write down my goals they are much more easy for me to achieve.

      Take Care.

    • Sylviane Nuccio says:

      Hi Mayura,

      Thank you for coming and I’m glad you enjoyed this interview with Justin.

      Yes, I’ve tried to ask questions which answers might be beneficial for the readers.

      Thanks for coming and for your input.

  • LisaTwitter: Lisapatb says:

    Great interview Sylviane – I have visited Justin before. I realized once I saw his photo and said Oh yes, good stuff! We all could use some encouragement to do new things and make the best of our intentions.
    I love how Justin came up with the name to his blog. No need to blog daily Justin, it’s over rated :)
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    • Justin says:

      Hi Lisa,
      I am still debating on my blogging schedule. Once a day may be too much for me to handle right now. The name of my blog is something I wanted to touch on because I am sure that people are wondering, “what the heck is a Mazzastick.?

      Great to see you here my friend. :)

    • Sylviane Nuccio says:

      Hi Lisa and thanks for coming.

      Yes, looks like a lot of people here know Justin. That’s great.

      You’re right, I really don’t see the need for blogging daily.

      Thanks for coming.

  • Chery Schmidt says:

    Yes I do agree with the others Sylviane, This was a great interview.. I landed here today from a link on Donna’s site, Happy to meet you too. I am going to click over now and check out Jason;s blog I am sure I am in for yet another treat. Keep up the Great work here Sylviane.. Chery :)

    • Sylviane Nuccio says:

      Hi Chery,

      I’m so sorry that your comment got stuck in the lala land of moderation, because it was your first time maybe, but I found you!

      Welcome to my blog and I’m glad that you enjoyed this interview. I post her every Wednesday, here. I will come see you to your blog as well and get to known you better.

      Thank for coming by.

  • Michael Belk says:

    Sylviane, Justin is a great guy. I love the meaning behind his blog name.

    His blog is a bit different, but in this case different is good. We need to stand out from the crowd and he does that.

    I visit Justin’s blog when I can. He has some good uplifting stories.

    • Sylviane Nuccio says:

      Hi Michael,

      Nice to see you here on this blog as well, and I’m glad you happen to know Justin. I know the blogging world is still a small world.

      I also really enjoy his blog and he’s a good writer too which really helps.

    • Justin says:

      Thanks so much for your kind words Michael. I am so glad to hear you enjoy my uplifting stories. I will stop by your blog as soon as I can because it has been a while my friend. :)

  • Tonya Stephens says:

    Hi Justin,
    Nice to meet you. I am interested in the things you write about so I will definitely visit your blog.
    Change can be hard and I myself was thrown into a situation where there was no other option, luckily for me I’ve always known that change is inevitable.
    If we make a committment to ourself to succeed we will gradually find the right path. It’s the time in the wilderness that scares most people.
    God helps those who help themseves.
    Tonya
    Have a great day!
    Tonya

    • Sylviane Nuccio says:

      Hi Tonya,

      I’m glad you met Justin here and I hope you’ll go visit him over to his blog and enjoy his content too.

      You are right, time in the wilderness scares people, and with good reasons, but if we go through it we come out stronger than ever.

      Thanks for your input.

    • Justin says:

      Hi Tonya, the pleasure is all mine. ;)
      So very true what you just said because life really does begin outside our comfort zones. That is why I see adding a life coach to one’s life because it takes some of the pressure off of going it alone.

      Take care, and I will come by and visit your blog too.

  • Kristine says:

    I love blog interviews! And I’m planning to do one of my own too. Than you for sharing yours! It’s very inspiring.

  • Justin says:

    Thanks Kelly for your thoughtful words and encouragement.

  • Smith says:

    I already read many of these blogs, and they are really some of the best that you can find on self help topics. Thanks for sharing these blogs here, and recognizing their contributions to the greater good.

  • Rosy says:

    Hello there! This is my 1st comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and say I genuinely enjoy reading through your articles. Can you recommend any other blogs/websites/forums that go over the same subjects? Thank you so much!

    • Sylviane Nuccio says:

      Hi Rosy and welcome,

      I usually delete comment that are not related to my post, but I’ll make an exception here and give you the benefit of the doubt.

      Many of my readers have blog related to my niche, to answer your question.

  • Saanvi says:

    Excellent post. You really dialed that in. It’s the simple principles that worked for people that have already been where we are heading and desire to be that we should pay close attention to.Thanks for keeping it real and I always look forward to your next post!

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