Interview with #1 best-selling author Jamie Smart
Monday, 25 March 2013 09:55

Developing the Inner Self 

Today I have the great pleasure of being the host on Day 16 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 Phillis Benson at, where he interviewed Jamie on the subject of utilizing the teachings in Clarity in various aspects.

Today, I'd like to share with you a recent interview I had with Jamie when I got to ask him on the subject of bringing clarity in areas that can be overwhelming and overloading.


Diana Young: How do you manage the overload of emails and social media?

Jamie Smart: Some people get paralysed by the volume of email they receive, while others thrive on it. We’ve probably all had the experience of feeling overloaded by email at one time or another, yet most of us have occasionally had the experience of receiving a lot of email and dealing with it easily. The most important step in managing the “overload” of emails, social media and other information to realise where the feelings of “overload” are coming from, and where they aren’t coming from.

When you’re feeling overloaded by email, social media or other information, 100% of the feeling of overload is coming from your thinking. None of it is coming from the email, social media or other information. When you’re feeling “in the flow” and able to deal easily with a mountain of email, that feeling of being “in the flow” is also coming from your thinking.

Superstitious thinking, the mistaken belief that we’re feeling something other than our thinking (Eg. Email, deadlines, complaints or demanding bosses) is the cause of feelings of overload and overwhelm. The moment you insightfully realise that your feelings are coming from your thinking, and not from those external factors, it’s a sign that you’re being restored to clarity of mind. Your mind is a self-correcting system, and as you deepen your understanding of how the system works, you’ll find yourself spending less time in overload and more time in clarity.

Once you get clarity, you can deal with your emails in the same way you deal with the other things you need to do; one at a time.

Diana Young: What “first step” would you recommend for some of my readers/clients that feel so overwhelmed with debt and financial burdens that they feel hopeless?

Jamie Smart: Like with the emails, the most important “first step” is to realise where those feelings of overwhelm and hopelessness are coming from. It certainly can appear as though they’re coming from the person’s debts, but (strange as it may seem), none of those feelings are coming from the debt! 100% of the feelings of hopelessness and overwhelm are coming from your thinking, moment to moment.

Consider this; in the early 1990s, Donald Trump was in debt to the tune of 900 million dollars! If debt was capable of causing hopelessness and overwhelm, Trump would have been out for the count. But debt can’t cause those feelings; only one thing can. Hopeless and overwhelming thinking, arising from the outside-in misunderstanding. The moment you start to realise that your feelings are coming from your thinking, and not from your debt, your mind can start to self-correct in the direction of clarity and wellbeing.

And as your head clears, you’ll be more in touch with your wisdom. As you deepen your understanding of the inside-out nature of life, you’ll start getting intuitions about what the next step is for you to get your financial situation back on a solid footing.

Diana Young: While the concept of having nothing on your mind is brilliant – what advice do you give for people who lose clarity for themselves because they are so focused on “helping” their loved ones and friends?

Jamie Smart: The first thing to say is that we all lose clarity from time to time. While the external factors we “blame it on” it are different, the underlying reason is always the same; superstitious thinking, the mistaken belief that we’re feeling something other than thought in the moment.

The person who believes they lose their clarity because of their desire to help others is actually caught up in superstitious thinking; it looks as though either a) their feelings of unease are coming from the distress of their loved ones or b) their feelings of wellbeing will arrive when they’ve helped their loved ones or c) both of the above. But it doesn’t work that way - it only works one way; inside-out.

And here’s the thing; you can’t give what you haven’t got. The greatest gift you can give to your loved ones is your own understanding of the inside-out nature of life. The more deeply you understand this, the more wellbeing you’ll experience, and the more you’ll be able to support your loved ones with compassion and understanding.

The moment you realise that your feelings are coming from your thinking, you start to see the inside-out nature of life more clearly. Innate Thinking® is a business-friendly model of the principles behind our experience of life. As you deepen your understanding of innate thinking, you’ll find yourself experiencing more clarity, more of the time. And when you do get caught up in superstitious thinking, you’ll find it less distressing, and find yourself “waking up” from it more quickly.


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



Clear Mind, Better Performance, Bigger Results


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