Today I have the great pleasure of being the host on Day 10 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 Paula Tarrant, where she interviewed Jamie on the topic of unexpected keys to intuitive thinking.
Today, I’d like to share with you a recent interview I had with Jamie when I got to ask him about happiness and some tips for growing a small business. I hope you enjoy it.
Renee Baribeau: The real source of happiness; How do I experience work that can make me happy, while earning enough money to pay the bills?
Jamie Smart: I’ve got some bad news and some good news. First the bad news: This is going to sound like a counter-intuitive answer at first, but there’s no such thing as “work that can make you happy”. 100% of your happiness, wellbeing and joy comes from within you. It only works one way – inside-out – so looking to work to make you happy is like looking to playing videogames to make you resilient. There’s nothing wrong with work or videogames, but they’re not the source of happiness, wellbeing and resilience.
Now for the good news. How it really works is this; 100% of your feelings are coming from your thinking, moment to moment. We’re always feeling our thinking. If we’re feeling happy, it’s because we’re thinking happy. If we’re feeling stressed, it’s because we’re thinking stressed. And why is that good news? Because the main thing that gets in the way of someone enjoying whatever they’re doing is superstitious thinking; thoughts arising from the mistaken belief that we’re feeling something other than thought (Eg. Our work, our customers, our bank accounts, our partners etc.)
As we wake up from our superstitious, outside-in thinking, you get more connected with the present moment and experience greater wellbeing. In the process, your wisdom will guide you in what direction and actions to take. You see, it turns out happiness, wellbeing and resilience are the essence of who you really are. As you see this more deeply, you’ll find yourself enjoying whatever you’re doing more fully, and you’ll find what you need to handle the bills.
Renee Baribeau: What are your tips to maintain clarity and peace of mind when growing a small business?
Jamie Smart: When you’re growing a business, the most important thing someone can do to find clarity and peace of mind, keep your bearings and make good decisions is this: get a better understanding of the inside-out nature of life.
Life only works one way; inside-out. We’re always feeling our thinking. But due to a trick of the mind, it looks like we’re feeling our circumstances. When we get caught up in this misunderstanding, it can be the source of stress, anxiety and overwhelm. But the moment we wake up to the inside-out nature of life, it reconnects us with our innate clarity, resilience and wellbeing. And when it comes to growing a business, clarity, resilience and wellbeing are some of the most valuable resources you’ve got going for you.
Renee Baribeau: How do I keep creative and authentic when I am business trying to thrive?
Jamie Smart: It turns out that creativity and authenticity are two of your greatest assets when it comes to growing your business. Growing a business is a beautiful example of the creative process in action; bringing something into being, building relationships, innovating new products and services. Your innate creativity and authenticity is where the entrepreneurial spark comes from, so nurturing them and being guided by them are two of your best bets for growing and thriving.
Authenticity and creativity are two of the 8 “deep drivers” we’re all born with. They’re natural expressions of innate thinking, and they emerge for each of us when there’s nothing getting in the way. And the only thing that ever gets in the way is superstitious thinking; the mistaken belief that we’re feeling something other than thought. As you continue to deepen your understanding of innate thinking, you’ll find yourself waking up from superstitious thinking and experiencing more clarity, more of the time.
I hope you enjoyed this interview with Jamie Smart and that you’ll check out his book:
Clarity: Clear Mind, Better Performance, Bigger Results
Buy the book between March 12th – 31st, 2013 and you will receive:
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 Irene Conlan, who will be interviewing Jamie on the subject of the mind. To visit that “stop” on the tour, go to http://www.theselfimprovementblog.com