Jamie Smart on Clarity, Wisdom, and Brain Science

by Dorina Lanza · 0 comments

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Today I have the great pleasure of being the host on Day 14 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 programs, 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 Tim Gillette at http://rockerlifecoach.com, where he interviewed Jamie on being authentic/creative and the 8 deep drivers.

Today, I’d like to share with you a recent interview I had with Jamie when I got to ask him outside-in thinking v. inside-out, breaking free and around latest scientific brain science.

Dorina Lanza:  In your book you talk a great deal about outside-in thinking v. inside-out. This is a new concept to many. Could you elaborate on what the difference is and why one might want to choose one approach over the other?

Jamie Smart: The “outside-in” misunderstanding refers to a trick of the mind; a widely held (but false) belief about the way life works. How many times have you heard people say “I’ll be happy when I get X”, where X is a job, car, partner, lifestyle or some other factor? It often appears that our feelings come as the result of external factors, such as money, health and other people. But it never works that way – it’s just a misunderstanding.

The “inside-out” reality is that we are always and only feeling our thinking. 100% of our feelings are coming from 100% of our thinking, moment to moment. This is why two people can be in the same situation (Eg. a movie, a meeting, a museum) but have completely different experiences of it. They’re not feeling the situation; they’re feeling their thinking.

The nature of thought is that it appears to be real. Thought is the best special effects department in the world, so we’re easily fooled into taking our thinking as a reality. How many times have you been convinced that you were right about something, only to discover that you had the wrong end of the stick? Yet it appeared real the moment before… That’s how powerful thought is.

When we’re caught up in superstitious thinking (outside-in thought patterns) it can often lead to stress, worry and anxiety. But when we realize that we’re feeling our thinking, we move back towards clarity, and a deeper connection with wisdom and well being.

Innate Thinking® is a model of the inside-out nature of reality. It’s worth noting that innate thinking is a description of how the human system of thinking/perception is already working. Life is always working inside-out, whether we’re aware of it or not.When we believe we’re feeling something other than our thinking, we’re caught up in a misunderstanding. When we realize that we’re feeling our thinking, we’re getting more closely aligned with how life already works.

Dorina Lanza:  Entrepreneurs know that in order to do well in business they need to be motivated, confident, able to overcome adversity, and so on. Yet, most seem to try and try only to remain stuck in their rut. What wisdom can you offer them that can help these entrepreneurs break free of this pattern?

Jamie Smart: The only thing that ever keeps a person “stuck in a rut” is superstitious thinking; the mistaken belief that they’re feeling something other than thought in the moment. When we’re caught up in superstitious thinking, it cuts us off from the flow of fresh new thinking that’s always available to us. But the moment we realise that we’re feeling our thinking, it’s a sign that the system is self-correcting and we’re being re-aligned with how life really works. When our minds are free and clear, we find that we’re supported by the “deep drivers” behind entrepreneurial success. We’re all born with these 8 deep drivers; they’re an expression of the principles behind our innate thinking. They include:

- A sense of direction, purpose and motivation
- Innovation and creativity
- Connection with others
- Authenticity, being true to yourself
- Presence, being available to the moment
- Resilience, persistence and mental toughness
- Intuition and wisdom
- Clarity of mind and clarity of understanding
- Clarity of mind is something we’re all familiar with – those times when you have a clear head and have a sense of what’s right for you. – - -
- Clarity of understanding refers to how deeply you understand the principles of innate thinking, the inside-out nature of life. The deeper your clarity of understanding, the more clarity of mind you’ll experience, more of the time.

Clarity of mind is something we’re all familiar with – those times when you have a clear head and have a sense of what’s right for you. Clarity of understanding refers to how deeply you understand the principles of innate thinking, the inside-out nature of life. The deeper your clarity of understanding, the more clarity of mind you’ll experience, more of the time.

Dorina Lanza:  A great deal of work is being done in the field of neuroscience. This research is shedding a whole new light on how the brain actually works and gives a scientific explanation of things like wisdom, intuition, when and how decisions are actually made. What are the latest findings and how can entrepreneurs apply these to grow their businesses?

Jamie Smart: The latest scientific findings show that “flashes of insight” involve different brain regions and brain activity from regular “analytical” processing. Yet how often do we “grind away” at problems, trying to analyse our way to a creative solution? These scientific discoveries support longstanding anecdotal findings. When executives were asked where they get their best ideas, the top 3 answers were “in the shower”, “on holiday” and “traveling to work”. Wisdom, intuition and innovation are all natural functions of the mind when we’re not caught up in superstitious thinking. Those capacities are still there even when we are caught up, but we tend to be so “hypnotised” by the outside-in illusion that we don’t notice them. But here’s the thing; as you continue deepening your understanding of innate thinking, you’ll start to notice your wisdom “waking you up” to from your superstitious thoughts, reminding you that you’re feeling your thinking. When that happens, you don’t have to do anything; it’s a sign that your mind is automatically self-correcting.

And how can this help you grow your business? As you wake up from superstitious thinking, and connect more deeply with your deep drivers, you’ll discover that you already have everything you need within you to take your business to higher and higher levels.

I hope you enjoyed this interview with Jamie Smart and that you’ll check out his book:

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.

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 Phillis Benson, who will be interviewing Jamie on the subject of utilizing the teachings in Clarity in various aspects. To visit that “stop” on the tour, go to www.PhillisBenson.com

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