Today I have the great pleasure of being the host on Day 9 of the Virtual Blog Tour of author Jamie Smart whose book Clarity: Clear Mind, Better Performance, Bigger Results is celebrating its big Amazon launch March 12th through March 31st, 2013 at http://ClarityBook.biz.
Jamie Smart is an internationally renowned writer, speaker, coach, trainer and consultant. Originally from Canada and now based in London, Jamie shows individuals and organizations the unexpected keys to clarity—the ultimate leverage point for creating more time, better decisions and meaningful results. Jamie is a gifted speaker, equally engaging in front of large audiences and more intimate groups. He’s passionate about helping individuals and businesses to deepen their understanding of Innate Thinking® and to create the results that matter to them. In addition to working with a handful of coaching clients and leading selected corporate programmes, Jamie runs professional development workshops for business leaders, trainers, coaches and consultants. He has appeared on Sky TV and on the BBC, as well as in numerous publications.
Yesterday, Jamie visited Ton de Graaf at http://dutchcoach.wordpress.com/2013/03/18/interview-with-jamie-smart/ or http://worldwidecoachingmagazine.com/2013/03/18/interview-with-jamie-smart/ where they talked about information overload, workforce clarity and utilizing clarity for creativity and authenticity.
Today, I’d like to share with you a recent podcast interview I had with Jamie when I got to ask him some questions on the topic of unexpected keys to intuitive thinking.
Paula Tarrant: Venturing into entrepreneurship can be daunting, whether your intention is to grow a micro-business or a million dollar business. What are three things we can do to reduce the stress of personal overwhelm when it feels like everything needs to be done right now?
Jamie Smart: The most valuable thing in those moments is the realisation that the feelings of stress and overwhelm are only ever coming from one place; your thinking! We’re always (and only) feeling our thinking, so 100% of the feelings of stress and overwhelm you’ve ever felt have come from thought, not from your circumstances (or anywhere else).
This realisation accomplishes several things: First, it simplifies matters, moving the perceived cause of the stress from many things (all the stuff that needs doing) to just one thing (your thinking). Second, the realisation that you’re feeling your thinking signals to you that your mind’s automatic self-correcting system has “kicked in”. You don’t need to “do” anything to clear your mind. Your mind will clear naturally, given the chance. As your mind clears, you regain your bearings, and can “tune in” to your innate wisdom.
Unfortunately, you can’t “make yourself” realise that you’re feeling your thinking. It’s an insight that arrives from beyond our habitual thinking, so it’s outside of our conscious control. Fortunately, these insights are an everyday thing. The fact that you’re reading this article means that you’ll start noticing how this inner source of insight is already something you’ve been relying on (even if you didn’t notice it until now).
So if insight doesn’t arrive “to order”, what can you do in the meantime?
Woody Allen famously said that 80% of wisdom is showing up. So show up, get in the game and stay in the game. Wisdom, insight and inspiration will find you when you least expect it.
Paula Tarrant: You talk about the science behind wisdom and intuition. Connecting to our Inner Guidance System – our intuition and connection to the Divine – is a spiritual process. Tell us what you mean about the science behind it.
Jamie Smart: Wisdom and inner guidance come from beyond the intellect and habitual thinking from what I can “innate thinking”; the ability to have an experience of life that we’ve all been born with. The only thing that ever “stands between” you and your wisdom is what I call “superstitious thinking”; the mistaken belief that you’re feeling something other than your thinking (eg. Bills, clients, business partners, deadlines etc). The principles behind innate thinking represent the “science” of wisdom, as follows:
- We’re always feeling our thinking. 100% of our felt experience of life is coming from our thinking, moment to moment.
- It often seems like we’re feeling something other than our thinking. Two people go to the same museum, movie or meeting, and have completely different experiences from one another. It seems to them like their experience came from the museum, movie or meeting, but 100% of their experience came from their thinking.
- The moment we realise that we’re feeling our thinking, it brings us back into the moment, and reconnects us with wisdom.
Wisdom is fresh new thinking, uncluttered by our habitual thought-patterns, an emanation from the “intelligent energy” behind life. It’s not important whether you think of this as spirituality, God, nature, universal energy, life-force or something else. What’s important is to recognise that the incredible power of nature and life is also resident within you and your mind. As you realise this more and more deeply, you’ll find yourself “waking up” from your superstitious thinking more quickly, and enjoying clarity and wisdom more of the time.
Paula Tarrant: Authenticity and creativity are two of the necessary ingredients for inspired work. You name them as two of the eight “deep drivers”. What are the “deep drivers” and why do you include creativity and authenticity?
Jamie Smart: The deep drivers are expressions of innate thinking, and are naturally emergent properties in everyone when there’s nothing in the way. And what gets in the way? Superstitious thinking. This is great news for entrepreneurs, because it means that many of the entrepreneurial qualities people struggle to “develop” are actually qualities that you were born with. The 8 deep drivers are clarity, connection, resilience, direction, creativity, wisdom, authenticity and presence.
When you shine white light through a prism, the colours of the rainbow suddenly appear. In the same way, when the energy behind life shines through the prism of your consciousness, the deep drivers appear. The deep drivers “give rise to” many of the traits that are identified with entrepreneurs and other leaders (see diagram “Innate Thinking Drives Leadership Attributes”).
The great news is that you don’t need to work on “developing” these. Instead, as you continue to deepen your understanding of innate thinking, you’ll find the deep drivers (and the attributes they give rise to) emerging naturally. As you continue to see through the illusion of superstitious thinking, you’ll find your light shining, more and more fully.
And why include creativity and authenticity? Being an entrepreneur is one of the clearest examples of creativity and innovation there is. You’re creating something that the world needs, and that didn’t exist before. When you’re creating as an expression of your authentic desires, you’re aligned with who you really are, and have the creative energy of the universe behind you.
I hope you enjoyed this interview with Jamie Smart and that you’ll check out his book:
Clear Mind, Better Performance, Bigger Results
Buy the book between March 12th – 31st, 2013 and you will receive:
- Access to a collection of dozens of Jamie’s Clarity training videos, including many coaching demos, to help guide you to finding your own clarity
- Free access to a special 1-day “Kickstart Your Clarity” event, which you can attend either in London OR on online via live stream from anywhere in the world.
If you happen to be reading this before the launch has started, you can register at that page for a “launch reminder”. When you do, Jamie will give you 2 free chapters of the book along with access to his Clarity training videos. That way, you can get a feel for what the book is about before you buy. Then, Jamie will drop you an email as soon as the book is available on March 12th.
Thanks for reading! Please share your comments and thoughts below. I love reading your feedback.
AND… be sure to follow Jamie tomorrow when the next stop on the Virtual Blog Tour is Renee Baribeau, who will be interviewing Jamie about happiness and some tips for growing a small business. To visit that “stop” on the tour, go to http://practicalshamantravel.com/jamie-smart-blog-tour