Month: March 2013

Interview with Jamie Smart, Author of the Book “Clarity: Clear Mind, Better Performance, Bigger Results”.

Today I have the great pleasure of being the host on Day 8 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

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 Shelagh Jones at, where she interviewed Jamie on this great podcast about his process in writing Clarity.

Today, I’d like to share with you a recent interview I had with Jamie when I got to ask him some questions on information overload, workforce clarity and utilizing clarity for creativity & authenticity. I hope you enjoy it.


Ton de Graaf:  We are bombarded with enormous amounts of information each day and we do our best to keep up with everything that goes around. We process Tweets, Facebook posts, messages on LinkedIn groups, direct messages, e-mails, Pinterest Pins etc. How can we create more clarity and a deeper understanding of what we actually do, without feeling that we are missing out on things?

Jamie Smart: I’ve got some good news and bad news. FIrst the bad news: You’re missing out on things! More than 800,000 hours of video (that’s nearly 100 years!) get uploaded to the internet every day, not to mention the articles, photos and music. There’s no way you could stay on top of all the information that’s out there. Now the good news: the feeling of “missing out” only comes from one place; your thinking. We’re always feeling our thinking, moment to moment. Due to a trick of the mind, it looks like our feelings are coming from elsewhere eg. Email, bank balance, other people, missing out etc) but that’s an illusion. We’re always feeling our thinking.

And it turns out this is really good news. You see, the biggest issue with “information overwhelm” isn’t the quantity or nature of the information. It’s the feelings of stress / tension / overwhelm that people so often experience when their attention is consumed by it. Once again, when you’re in that situation, it looks like you’re overwhelmed by the information, but 100% of the feeling of overwhelm is coming from your thinking. The moment you insightfully see this, it’s a sign that your head is beginning to clear. And as your head clears, your wisdom will guide you in what information to attend to, and what to ignore. 

Ton de Graaf:  What is in your opinion the first thing a leader/manager has to do to bring more clarity to his workforce?

Jamie Smart: If a leader wants to bring more clarity to their workforce, the first thing the leader must do is find more clarity for him/herself. Clarity is contagious. When a leader has clarity of thought, it shows up as clarity in communication and action. This in turn gets picked up by others. So that raises the question, “How can a leader find clarity for themselves?” I share the following metaphor in my book, Clarity: Clear Mind, Better Decisions, Bigger Results…

“If a pond is clouded with mud, there’s nothing you can do to make the water clear.

But when you allow the mud to settle, it will clear on its own, because clarity is the water’s natural state…”

Clarity is your mind’s natural state. The mind is a self-correcting system and, like the pond, it will clear automatically if left to its own devices. So if this is the case, why don’t more people have clarity more of the time? Two reasons:

1) They don’t realise their mind is self-correcting, so they try to help it along (Eg. With techniques, affirmations, alcohol etc)

2) They have a lot of “superstitious thinking” that keeps them stirred up, based on what I call the “outside-in misunderstanding”, the mistaken belief that we’re feeling something other than our thinking.

The study of Innate Thinking® is a way to “see through” correct this. As people start to see through the outside-in misunderstanding they find themselves experiencing more clarity, more of the time.

Ton de Graaf:  Most of our readers are coaches. How can coaches support their clients best to bring about more clarity by using creativity and authenticity?

Jamie Smart: Creativity and Authenticity are two of the 8 “deep drivers” that are an expression of our innate thinking (see diagram “Innate Thinking Drives Leadership Attributes”). Like clarity, they’re a natural aspect of who we really are (spend the day with a 2-year old, and you’ll see numerous brilliant demonstrations of creativity and authenticity.) There’s only one thing that ever gets in the way of these deep drivers for coaches AND for their clients: Superstitious thinking!

The mistaken belief that we’re feeling something other than our thinking (Eg. Our bank balance / partner / boss / clients / future / past / children / exam etc) is the source of the vast majority of our problems as individuals, and as an entire society. As people learn about the “inside-out” nature of experience by exploring the principles behind Innate Thinking®, they wake up from their superstitious thinking and get more and more deeply connected with the creativity, authenticity and wisdom that is at the core of our being.

Clarity Leadership Attributes



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.

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 Paula Tarrant, who will be interviewing Jamie on the topic of unexpected keys to intuitive thinking. To visit that “stop” on the tour, go to


Worldwide Coaching Magazine, March 2013

Current issue.

The Worldwide Coaching Magazine:

March 2013:

Coaching Is Not Therapy, Counseling, Mentoring or Training.

So, what is the difference?

Coaching Is Not Just for High School Athletes.

Young people now more than ever will need to develop self-leadership skills.

When It Comes To Coaching, Are You As Creative As You Can Be?

Building a Creative Coach’s tool kit can been very rewarding.

The Creative Coach’s Corner.

Unleashing Creativity One Word at a Time.

Investing In Your Self Through Coaching

Bonnie wonders if she’s ever done anything she really loved. So, she gets a coach!

Overcoming an Adaptive Challenge  

Successful CEOs know that, to keep their companies growing,

competence must be accompanied by a new consciousness.