Learn to clear your mind and think like a winner. We all have so much going on. A million different projects, to-do lists longer than your arm. We all worry about things - money, deadlines. With all this buzzing around in our heads it's often a nightmare trying to concentrate on one thing. What if someone could show you how to empty your mind of all the noise? If you could be shown how to de-clutter your mind and concentrate on one important thing?
Well Jamie Smart, state-of-mind specialist, can do just that - with Clarity he will show you how to get real clarity of thought. You'll learn how to clear your mind and become less stressed and more productive - and as a result, more confident in your abilities.
Clarity will help you to:
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"A refreshing approach and a good read for anyone in business." (Paul McKenna )
"A powerful, positive book that can help you to achieve more than you ever thought possible, in every area." (Brian Tracy, author of Goals and Eat That Frog)
"Thought-provoking, entertaining, and potentially life changing - highly recommended!" (Michael Neill, Radio Show Host and author of The Inside-Out Revolution)
"Take your time reading this profound book. Jamie Smart is about to blow apart every circumstantial excuse you ever came up with. He's about to put the steering wheel back in your hands." (Garret Kramer, Founder of Inner Sports and author of Stillpower)
"The insights you'll get whilst reading Clarity will resonant in how you manage day to day but, more importantly, provide a framework for refreshing your priorities, goals and drive." (Peter Lake, Group Business Development Director, JS Group)
If you're looking for a 'how to' style self-help or better-business guide - this isn't it - much as it appears to be marketed that way.
There are no steps provided to achieve 'clarity' - and in fact - one of the stand-out passages, referring to a dog chasing its tail - is there to point out that you'll either 'get it', or you won't. That being given the solution to your problems isn't always enough - having your own revelation may take more, less or different exploration.
Finding the key that you've always been looking for isn't necessarily the goal - you might not have needed the key at all. Or you probably already had it. Or the door was unlocked anyway. Imagine the door gone and it was never there.
There's some great passages and some very interesting concepts to ruminate upon - so I'm not about to tell you not to listen to this book - however - for me, there were some frustrations:
At the end of almost all chapters there is a 'reflection point' where you are encouraged to head to a website and discuss with fellow readers the points raised within the chapter. If indeed you're on the tube - or at the gym etc you probably aren't online - even if you are - you may not want to break from the book all the time to keep going to a website... This may suit you - but it didn't me, and became more and more frustrating as the book went on. There is more content and 'rewards' if you do go to the website - but you need to sign in to facebook to comment... and if you don't comment - you don't get the extra content...
So - not for everyone.
Jamie Smart's delivery is relaxed to the point of being soporific - not a bad thing if you're listening to relax and reflect, but if you have a particular place or time that you listen to audiobooks - you might find - as I did, that you're not in the right mood. I can imagine it helping a stressful train journey, but not helping say, a gym session.
So I hesitate to recommend it - and wish there was an edited version without all the 'call to actions'. I will however, listen again at some point.
Why did I title this review 'Emperor's New Clothes'? The book reminds me of the children's story... but not quite in the way you might think... Until it was pointed out to the Emperor that he was actually naked, he was the happiest and most confident he had ever been.
This promises a lot but delivers little. Read by the author in a dull, almost hypnotic drone, it should be exciting, but turns out to be very very dull.
I read Jamie's book within days, not being able to put it down, so many insights. His book is in my top 3 of the best books I have read (i have read probably 300+ books, 120+ on self help alone!) I have read it at least a further 5 times! Getting more and more understanding out of it every time!
I didn't think the audio could be better than the book, I was very wrong!
This audio goes one step further, there is a difference between reading a book, well for me, then listening! I had a huge insight that reading I concentrate to much on the words and not enough on what is being said in the book. Plus Jamie voice is almost mediative to listen too!
I turned the audio on and was lucky to have the time to listen to the whole thing from beginning to end, woke up the next day and there was something different about me! Wonderfully different!!! To brilliant to explain in words!! 3 days later still have that feeling of peace, wonderfulness and clarity! Able to do anything with ease and grace!
This audio can change all aspects of your life!
This audio is a must! :-) Thanks Jamie X
He has a low husky voice which works well with what he is going for. The his is you feel your thoughts and before he tells you anything "important" he uses anecdotes to derail your attention and then tells you at the end of the book to attend one of his work shops.
The central tenet of this book is not new; our thoughts create our feelings. There's certainly nothing wrong with writing a new treatment of an old idea, but unfortunately this one achieves nothing new and is really repetitive, verbose and waffley. There is too much waffle that is not useful enough for real life built around the idea, nothing helpful. Way too much business jargon and too much focus on corporate and entrepreneurial arenas. And honestly, do people still really want to talk about "leverage points"?
Read some good Buddhist books instead.
The subject matter was promising but a patronising style & complicated ideas made this a struggle - didn't get to the end!
Fiction - something lighter!
I got bored
There is a constant thought stream of how great clarity is and what Non superstitious thinking can do for you. However I struggled to find how you get clarity. I kept thinking at the start of the book that, "he will explain it soon" and at the end I was left thinking "did I miss it?"
There is a lot of egotistical language about a new paradigm and that "this is the next step in human evolution" etc but unfortunately I'm left wondering where is the substance? Is this just him trying to sell his one to one coaching and his seminars?
Maybe I missed the point, there are good ideas here but unfortunately the book lacks what it says on the title...Clarity
I found the core message of the book very useful and interesting. It felt like the main message drew a lot from the under pinnings of mindfulness practice but with some everyday context. My main issue though is that the book seemed very repetitive and for a while got frustrating. The few times I checked out the online resources I didn't find anything of use.
The reflection points at the end of each chapter.
This is the first listen of Jamie Smart's performance.
"Love love LOVED it!"
Listened with a beginners mind and soaked up some familiar concepts in a new, beautifully simple, clear way.
Being reminded that I am whole, that I have the whole world inside of me.
Jamie uses his voice artfully.
A deeper, clearer understanding of some ideas I had previously wrestled with. While listening to clarity and ever since I have been having the most magical experiences every day.I feel calm and happy and playful.
This book is a joy. Also really enjoying watching the video examples of using Clarity in a coaching environment. Jamie rocks.
"one of the best books you will ever read."
The basic premise of this book, is that we live in an inside/out word, we are constantly felling our thinking, but having an illusion that we are feeling the world and our circumstances.
If we have a better understanding of how our feeling/thinking system really work, we are free from the illusion, and the natural consequence is that our clarity of mind, and sense of well being arises .
Clarity of mind is the single moust significant variable behind human well being and the first step needed for any good endeavor.
Buy these book only if you what to be happier, get better results and what to experience grater clarity in your life.
"we are successful because we are happy, we are not happy because we are successful"RH
"I need to listen again"
Common theme that runs through a lot of self help books but presented in a way that clicked with me.
"I'll read this a few times its that good."
I'll be listening repeatedly. A breath of fresh air in a crowded personal development space. This is a path I'll continue to explore
"I highly recommend this book"
This book came recommended to me, I passed it onto my husband, and he says it is changing his life. It is read in a very hypnotic slow way, by an NLP practitioner, don't let that put you off. The concept is simple, but and almighty powerful.
Loving what is by Byron Katie
"this is my Bible now"
I heard about this on the podcast art of charm, and felt a change inside myself before the episode even ended. Living my life from the inside out now. enjoy life my friends
"A must Read/Listen!!!"
This was an absolutely phenomenal book that did indeed live up to its title in bringing clarity.
I am so happy that Jayme orated his own book. This brought a level of sincerity and reality to his words!
I liked his thoughts and stories. I am so tired of his commercials for his web site I can't bear to listen to this book again.
Especially chapters 16+ , huge insights; very enlightening. Probably the only personal development book you'll ever need
"Clarity stated, clarity applied, clarity achieved"
Insightful and well presented. I enjoyed this explanation of how we create our experience through our thinking.
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