This week saw cricketing legend Andrew Strauss resign as England captain and retire from professional cricket, citing poor performance on the field as the reason. Yet behind his poor form were reports of increasing pressure, both on and off the field. And if pressure was the “cause” of his poor form, where was it coming from and how could he have dealt with it? Perhaps most importantly, what lessons can we all learn from his experience, whether we’re under pressure at work, at home or on the playing field?
The pressure Strauss was experiencing is presumed to have come from three sources: 1) his declining performance on the pitch, 2) the England team losing their number one status and 3) problems in the dressing room, centring around batsman Kevin Pietersen. But the reality is that Strauss’ pressure didn’t come from any of these factors. It came from somewhere entirely different; his thinking.
100% of Andrew Strauss’ feeling of pressure was coming from his moment-to-moment thinking; none of it was coming from any external factor. And this is true not just for Strauss, but for everyone. From the young mother, at the end of her tether with a screaming child, to a business leader whose employees aren’t reaching their targets. Each of us is faced on a daily basis with an elusive “trick of the mind”, and a deeply ingrained misunderstanding. We are always feeling our thinking, but it looks like we’re feeling our circumstances. This misunderstanding is so prevalent that it can seem like common sense. Here’s a great example:
Immediately after news of Strauss’ resignation broke, I was interviewed by Dermot Murnaghan on Sky TV’s breaking news channel to get a psychological perspective on the story. During the interview, Murnaghan made a statement that beautifully demonstrates the misunderstanding in action. He said, “It seems like the kind of job where there are so many sources from which pressure will come that eventually it will wear you down, whether it’s a dip in your own form, relations with your colleagues, relations with management, results, on it goes, there’s so much there, something’s got to give in the end.”
While it can certainly look alike that’s the case, it’s a trick of the mind. It looks like there are “so many sources”, but in fact there’s just one source: a misunderstanding about how the mind works, and how life works. Our feelings are always coming from our thinking in the moment, but it looks like they’re coming from our external circumstances. There’s a “bell-curve” of emotional response to any external stimuli. The circumstance that has one person buckling under the pressure has another person thriving and responding to the challenge. Why? Because they’re not feeling the circumstance; they’re feeling their thinking.
So how could Andrew Strauss have responded differently to the increasing feelings of pressure? By getting an understanding of the nature of thought, and the role CLARITY was playing in creating his moment to moment experience. The moment a person insightfully sees that 100% of their feeling is coming from their thinking in the moment, their mind clears, and they’re back in the flow.
This is the difference between high performance and poor form, whether it’s on the playing field, in the boardroom or in the bedroom. When we’re caught up in the outside-in misunderstanding of life (the illusion that our feelings are coming from outside of us), our heads fill up and we lose connection with the internal source of high performance, resilience and creativity. When we wake up to the inside-out nature of life, our heads clear and we find we have the internal resources we need, at exactly the time we need them.
During the Andrew Strauss’ press conference, he appeared to be relieved to have made his decision, like a weight had been lifted from him. But where was that weight coming from in the first place? His thinking. While I’m sure it doesn’t look this way to him, resigning gave him a good enough reason to let go of the thinking that had been building, and interfering with his performance. But what he accomplished by resigning could have been accomplished just as effectively if he had an insight into the inside-out nature of how our minds work.
This is not a criticism of Andrew Strauss. He’s an amazing sportsman with a glittering career, and has made a choice that he feels settled with. Strauss is up against the same misunderstanding / trick of the mind that we all face, as individuals, organisations and as an entire society. But as people start to see through this misunderstanding, their heads clear, they have a richer experience of life, and their day to day experience improves.
The well-known superstitions and misunderstandings through history, from the flat earth to the “bad smells” model of disease, have one thing in common. We don’t believe them anymore. We know better now. Great Britain is on the verge of a “Thought Revolution”, as more and more people are waking up to the inside-out nature of the mind.
The epistemologist Gregory Bateson said:
“The major problems in the world are the result of the difference between how nature works and the way people think.”
As we continue to see through the outside-in misunderstanding, we’ll find solutions to the problems we experience in our own lives, and the major problems of the world.
Its fantastic to see the inside-out understanding of life being given a public platform in this way. Jamie’s explanation was excellent in showing both its simplicity and 100% contribution to our experience of life’s ups and downs. Hopefully this will be a huge leap forward in raising awareness and understanding of these fundamental principles at the source of resiliency and innate happiness. Great Job Jamie!!
Jamie, it’s wonderful to hear you sharing this on national tv…..getting it out there into the world.
Like Victor Hugo was reputed to say “You can resist an invading army; you cannot resist an idea whose time has come.”
Whilst this is not an idea – it’s a simple, yet profound truth – it’s time has most certainly come.
Congratulations Jamie on spreading the message on such a large scale.
It’s time the world knew that our feelings come from our thinking 100% of the time, it’s time we were empowered by understanding the inside-out nature of life. Let’s hope there is more and more exposure of these simple principles that create our life experience.
Great job Jamie!
Almost always athletes and all of us are pointed to external circumstances for the reason we feel the way we feel. Finally, people like Jamie Smart are teaching others that this perspective is off base. AsJamie points out in the interview, we feel our thiniking; not our circumstances. Realize this, and a person never plays victim to the outside world, and, thus, his or her state of mind naturally trends upward.
Great interview J. So looking forward to working with you in London next week!
I had twigged that something was wrong on the inside because to be honest my circumstances were fine and yet I just felt like I was missing out.
When I heard Jamie describe the nature of our experience I thought I understood and then over time I started to really feel what this meant for me.
When I don’t feel great I know that my thinking is untrustworthy and I know that left alone it balances itself out at an increasingly rapid rate.
When you realise that the things you perceived that were holding you back are not concrete but in fact made of thought… well you can imagine what a relief that is can’t you?
It is so good to hear this understanding via media such as Sky News… an outbreak of total happiness may well be just a thought away!
Fantastic Jamie….Wonderful to see the principles go main stream and well done for putting the message out there……..Great to see you living and sharing your dream
How cool is that!! Fantastic Jamie. The interview rocked! Thanks for sharing mate
It’s about time this simple but profound understanding was expressed to so many viewers. So many people are suffering needlessly because they “think” their circumstances are reponsible for the way they feel. Let’s use this as a platform to get out there and change people’s lives for the better. Well done Jamie!!!
Its so great to see this understanding being shared on national tv.. Brilliantly and simply put Jamie..
Jamie, this is so brilliant – huge congrats on the interview, I thought you were great & it was so exciting to hear you talking about this beautiful understanding on such a main stream platform. I felt very proud listening to you – we’ll done. Much love to you x
Way to go! To the point & sending a clear message about the inside / out nature of thought. Even if a small percentage of people who watch this resonate with what you’ve said, then they’ll be a lot more people waking up.
Wow Jamie – absolutely superb. To hear you talking in such clear and simple terms about what must seem to many of the viewers as being quite a complex subject was a wonderful breath of fresh air. Drawing the parallels between Strauss’ experience and what so many ordinary people encounter on a regular basis in many areas of their lives, will surely have resonated with, hopefully, millions. It was, quite simply, brilliant.
Big congrats and Big hugs!!
Congrats, Jamie! … News about the 3 Principles appears to be busting out all over! Did you see the segment on Fox News … sort of like your English “Sky News” 😉 … on the CSC’s Principles-based work in Charlotte, NC?
http://www.foxcharlotte.com/news/local/Charlotte-Non-Profit-Says-New-Age-Thinking-Is-Reducing-Crime-166600836.html … Here’s the link, but not sure if it’s live here.
Nice job, Jamie! You put your point over well. When’s the next one?
I love it. This helped me see that an issue I was having with someone was not actually because of the circumstance. Like you say:
100% of Andrew Strauss’ feeling of pressure was coming from his moment-to-moment thinking;
that is so true, but only 100% of the pressure!
And there is just so very very much INNOCENCE when believing that thinking and for the interviewer too. So much innocence.
Very impressed indeed Jamie! – as i said on FB – you have a zen-like groundedness that gives your message huge gravitas. So – how do we learn how to change our moment-to-moment thinking and create more ‘resilience’?
Terrific to see you speaking on a platform with such a wide reach..
I think Emily’s comment is spot-on… I liked that the tone of the message felt very zen-like, especially for a format (24 hr news) which can tend towards giving siren voices more than their faroe share of air-time.
I still struggle with the basic message: sometimes I tune into it, recognise it and it seems obvious. Other times when I am challenged by circumstances it seems blindingly obvious that us humans are impacted by other people, things and events in a way which is not purely down to the quality of our thinking. It’s the discipline of gently holding the insight you offer in mind in the face of circumstances that for me gives all this a zen like quality.
I also suspect these comments will simply demonstrate I understand nothung:-).
Great interview – sounded like the interviewer’s mind was busy he couldn’t hear what Jamie was saying!
It is time for a new paradigm to go main-stream……… Thank you, Jamie for displaying this transformational inside-out understanding of human psychological functioning to the public!! It will help so many people to find access to their innate well-being!!
Great interview Jamie, well handled… the principles are, as you say, common to people in any circumstance. As the saying goes, it’s not what happens to us that’s the problem, it’s how we react to what happens to us (or how we ‘think’ about it). Have a great weekend 🙂
Brilliant as always, the interviewer tried to veer off though loved how you drilled it home that it’s inside-out. Really awesome to see you on sky!
Geat job Jamie – wonderful to have the clarity of your speaking about Innate Health broadcast to the nation. Loved the calm way you kept to the message that we’re always feeling our thinking, even when the interviewer kept going back to circumstances being the cause of Andrew Strauss’s stress!
Well done Jamie. First chance I have had to listen to this and superbly handled at the end, especially with Dermot not listening!
Started in nlp thanks to Jamie I watched on YouTube and then got qualified I now am chasing my dreams thank you
Well done Jamie. I think it’s a fantastic achievement that you got yourself up on Sky news. Plus the content is great, as always.
Spot on Jamie. Well done for speaking up, you are a clear voice speaking a simple truth. For me this is an outstanding example of feeling our thinking and making it our reality. I agree with those who say that Dermot may not have got what was being said but at least he was willing to have the conversation. It’s a good start and I didn’t get it when I first heard it. Thanks for doing this Jamie.
This interview quite beautifully demonstrates the contrast between the old paradigm and the new paradigm of psychological functioning for all to see.
Once people start to get a feel for the impact this new understanding can have on humanity as a whole then this truly is going to be life changing.
Well done Jamie – Great interview
Wow awesome Jamie! Credibility and mass exposure for the 3 ps bring in the psychological revolution.
Great job Jamie, I think Dermot was able to finally hear your message by the end of the interview. Keep on keepin on.
WOW! WOW! WOW! That pretty much sums it up… This is incredible and I am so glad the inside-out understanding is getting out into the world. You can feel the momentum and it couldn’t come at a better time. Thanks, Jamie!
I’ve been TV-free for months now, but I’m actually sorry I missed this. Still, it’s good to see and hear the recording, because Jamie is always worth listening to – and paying attention to. Whether it’s hypnosis, NLP, effortless evolution or inside-out understanding, he always hits the nail right on the head.
Well done, Jamie. Let’s hope this is just the first of many such exposures for you.
In a very short space of time conveyed the truth of the inside out prinicple. It should get people thinking about their own pressures and realize they are causing the feeling with their own thinking. Great job Jamie.
Well done jamie ! Really clear, simple and insightful message.
Fascinating discussion and a great demonstration of the power of the mind and how language can be (mis-)interpreted. This article can be transferred to most people’s lives both in business and home life. Could be a useful tool for leaders and organisations.
Thanks for sharing this Jamie. I love reading your articles and to hopefully play a part in sharing a different way of thinking.
It’s so good to see that this is finally getting some air time. Well done Jamie, to have achieved this means more people are reached and hopefully many will try to learn about it. Oh, more hair suits you 🙂
Great job, Jaime! Keep up your fine work. Always helpful.
The Truth we were so blessed to learn from Sydney Banks transforms lives as it is spread around the world. Congratulations, Jamie, on being so beautifully present to share the wonder! Leading a stress free life in California!
It was a good start with the interview. There will be some that are struck with the concept that it’s their thinking, not the circumstances that govern how they feel. Maybe some will reach out. You did about as much as you could with the format and your integrity; you could have acted like a politician and answered the questions you wanted asked, but were not asked. 🙂
Jamie, what a great interview. thanks for sharing it.
One thing I may add is that you don’t have a link to add the article to Reddit. Which is the front page of the internet.
But don’t worry I have posted it for you, link here:
The entire debate these days is about the internal pressures in people’s minds. We create our own reality. Nick Dunning.
Great interview and congratulations Jamie.
I realise our thoughts and feelings & state tend to influence each other and guide our behaviour – many years ago, first came across this idea from Tony Robbins.
However, from personal experience, over the years I have still battled with this notion – at times using it to empower me when confronted with huge challenges but at other times resigning to pressure and “letting go” -as perhaps in Strauss’s case (although don’t know enough of his personal circumstances to compare).
And that’s the thing -its over simplistic to believe we can always put ourselves in a positive spirit and get into a “warrior state”. Failure to meet expectations naturally causes problems – sometimes a person re-evaluates – is the personal price (in terms of effort, sacrifices, health issues, etc.,) to meet expectations simply too high and perhaps not worth it??!!! A reframe in this direction maybe just as valid on some occasions as the one to continue to fight on. Food for thought? Hasu
Hey Jamie, thank you very much for sharing the video with me and everybody else, because as I understood this was on the national television. Congratulations!
A few words only! pressure appears and increase when the personal and professional outcomes are set to far away in comparison with the resources I can use for achieving those outcomes. This is actually The same situation in which Stress develops. We have to make sure that we are able to cut our claims. So simple is that…..in our jobs and in privacy.
Thank you very much!
Great job Jamie and keep up with the wonderful work!
Great stuff Jamie. Equally interesting are those who think (out!) their feelings – constantly over rationalising and only ever taking in specific fact based information, and making conclusions based only on objective considerations. It becomes a real stress based way of being for some, and is really hard for them to change towards a more balanced intuitive and subjective way.
Thank you Jamie! I finally had my ah ah moment!
Nice one Jamie. I know how tricky it can be to keep interviewers from getting you tied up in knots. Congratulations on handling that so nicely. You can still feel good even though you think you aren’t taking the line the interviewer wants you to. Now there’s an idea! You didn’t just talk it, you walked it too.
well done Jamie, a great job, you could have lost the ball, but you didnt.
it’s great that Jamie’s getting some exposure, and every bit is one step nearer a universal acceptance of the understanding, but as we all know even the most enlightened of us still get caught up in our own thinking from time to time so we have got to keep spreading the word and one day . . .
A beautiful breath of the freshest air – thank you Jamie.
awesome jamie, showing a deep understanding of human psychoiogy
Outstanding Jamie… first time i enjoyed seeing a news update, with this relieving of all stresses understaning.. Big time! .. how did you show up there this is amazing 🙂
Now and again someone tells it as it as. Yes, it’s nearly always an inside job Jamie.
Truly the answer is getting a handle on the inside!
Drop all judgement, drop your criticisms, end the blame game.
It’s great to hear such good, concise and clear words about where pressure actually comes from, our thoughts, not the percieved situation! Keep it going buddy.
Thank you Jamie for remaining us this every day in a such consice way.
Hey Jamie that was great – really clear – loved it. Congratulations on getting the opportunity and taking it so eloquently.
Jamie this was great. We are always and only feeling our thinking. It’s not almost always an inside job, it’s just always an inside job. I remember the moment when I “saw” that the feeling that I needed to change my thinking was sponsored by the same dodgy thinking that had given me the “bad” feeling in the first place. Aaaahhhhh. Thank you x
Excellent Jamie – 100% of our feelings come from our thinking and not our external circumstances. Here’s to the time when everyone wonders how we could have thought anything different 🙂
I am not sure that the interviewer was really with you which shows that we have so much work todo in this space.
Jamie – great work – to get NLP into main stream news and to put NLP over in such an ‘ordinary’ way – grounded, sensible, professional – great job
So here I am having a coffee reading your e-mail.
Yes, I created the pressure in my mind. Thank you Jamie.
Awesome job Jaime. I wish more of us where on the bandwagon.
Hello Jamie! Its always been good to hear from you. I had read a lot of books on NLp and self help books for a long time and about 3 years ago or so .I cant remember exactly but Iam pretty sure it was around the time you left NLP as your main field of action and you cited a book you read before . I made a decision before this not to buy anyother book on self help or any other new fad coming out about self improvement so Sydney Banks was,nt the exception It did,nt matter how cheap I found them on internet. But I read every chapter of Effortless Evolution and I myself stopped pursuing a goal on becoming a NLP practitioner . And I also found a movie called REVOLVER by Guy Ritchie and every stated to fall down into place . Some how old books I,ve read seem to have a different meaning .The one intended by the author and not my interpretation even religuious books,the bible included. I was puzzle as how i could not have realized this before and then it dawn into me that my thinking was getting in the way of the real understanding of things. Iam not saying that I can walk on water or Iam a perfect human ,but I move and live now at great ease and Iam sure Iam growing in all aspects of life just like a tree does . I thank you for your work , your book . and be sure that I am joining all the people like you that will help about bringing the real change that we need . We dont need all people . When we reach what is called in physics CRITICAL MASS a small percentange of the whole , the fire is lit , the change is done and keeps burning by itself. Thanks and God bless you JRB
How cool is that!! Excellent, Jamie. The interview rocked! Thanks for sharing mate. Please carry on such things.
Brilliant to see you on the TV sharing the different perception – you came across so well and made it appear so obvious – here’s hoping it helps others to lighten their load.
Jamie!! Well Done YOU! This is so exciting to see the new paradigm being talked about in the media. And professional sports is the perfect platform to get the word out because so many people looooove pro sports!!
Love it, Jamie – particularly the “It certainly looks that way, doesn’t it?” comment near the end. Well played! 🙂
Jamie you are awesome!! Loved the interview – don’t think the interviewer got where you are coming from but you stuck with it and got your message out into the mainstream media. Brilliant as always ;0)
It was another Jamie’s great work on the run looking at another angle of the Strauss resignation. Yes, a lot of Strauss’ fans would be ahhh’s or ohhh’s, but its there now. Yes the points you forwarded were fantastic. It is about getting deeper on the situation. “When we wake up to the inside-out nature of life, our heads clear and we find we have the
internal resources we need, at exactly the time we need them.” (Jamie). It is abut time for a lot of people to be directed to the “inside-out nature of our lives”. Please share with us more of your insights on the matter. sideI admit that I had been if not more often inclined not to consider a wider approach in my decisions in my life, not being able to consider the message and the meaning of the inside-out nature of life. Thank you Jamie.
Great interview Jamie, even though the interviewer seemed more interested in asking his questions than in your answers. Well done for persisting and getting the inside-out message out there 🙂
So glad it is getting air time on mainstream tv, lets hope this the first of many…..great job on getting that coverage.
This is brilliant Jamie! i have been a follower of your work for sometime and wish I could get more people to see your way of thinking.
My biggest question now is….HOW do you build the resiliance to stop/reduce the negative thinking?
Keep up the good work.
Sorry – I need to correct my last comment to …
Keep up the FANTASTIC work! lol :o)
Jamie, I really appreciate the work that you are doing. Taking responsibility for being the creators of our own experience is perhaps the pinnacle of self actualization. Co-creation of reality is a favorite topic of mine. It’s interesting to hear this information coming from you now because it seems to be collectively gaining momentum. At least that is what my filters are letting through at this point. Package that realization up into an Ericksonian style metaphor delivered in the form of a movie or documentary would be Epic..
Great job Jaime!! I’ve shared this with everyone in my various “networks” and I hope you have more opportunities to share these life transforming ideas with the masses. We need these ideas & understandings to reach “critical mass” more than EVER , and I’m glad to be able to help you in that effort. Keep up the amazing work! Peace & Laughter, Craig
Thanks so much to all of you who took the time to comment on this video. As you can imagine, it really means a lot to me, so I wanted to reply to each of you personally. Here goes!
@Darran – thanks – I’m so inspired about the possibility of innate thinking becoming widespread. It’s great to see the effects it’s having in your life (mine too)! Keep spreading the message my friend – see you in November. BML, J
@Chantal – I couldn’t agree more. So delighted that we’re on this journey together, with so many of our fellow explorers. Keep sharing what you’re sharing. Let’s get it out there. J
@Sheela – thanks. I love the possibility that every time this understanding gets exposed to a wider audience, we get one step closer to widespread realisation. The thought revolution is now in progress (and it’s being televised). Keep sharing! J
@Garret – thanks for your comment, and for an amazing weekend. The ripples of your work here will be spreading for years to come. (BTW, for those of you who don’t know Garret yet, it’s well worth having a look at http://garretkramer.com/ and checking out his superb book, “Stillpower”). J
@Dave – thanks – it’s great watching you evolve on this amazing journey, & to see you getting out there with your new stuff. I love the idea of a Sky-news inspired outbreak of happiness, resilience & innovation. Keep sharing & rock on! J
@Shane – thanks – As more people wake up to the reality of innate thinking, and the next stage in our development, who knows what can happen?!? Keep sharing this. J
@Mark – thanks – How cool? Very cool. It rocked for me too. I really enjoyed it. J
@Tony – thanks – it really is about time. Fortunately (as Chantal said) the time has come. So great to see how this is impacting you. Keep sharing what you’re discovering, Tony. J
@Mark – thanks – as Shane said, it’s a dream that’s starting to come true.
@Katie – thanks – I’m looking forward to the day when this understanding has gone mainstream, and is utterly unremarkable to people. Much love to you too. So great to see your personal transformation unfolding. Keep sharing what you’re learning. J
@Tony – thanks – that really inspires me too. The idea that someone could have been watching the news, and heard something that made a real difference to them in their lives… that’s amazing. Keep sharing what you’re sharing. J
@Peter – thanks – I love the idea that the innate thinking message could reach people through the medium of TV. Excited to see what happens next – keep sharing what you’re sharing Peter. J
@ Ami – thanks – I love what you’re up to & how you’re getting this out there to the people who need it most. Keep sharing what you’re sharing. J
@Dom – thanks – I don’t know when the next one is, but I promise to let you know, one way or another. Stay tuned! J
@Free – thanks – it’s amazing, isn’t it? 100% of his feeling is coming from thinking in the moment, and 0% is coming from anywhere else. And we all get hoodwinked by this from time to time, even when we know about it. Only one solution – stay pointed in this direction & keep sharing what you’re seeing. J
@Emily – thanks – good question. Our mind is a self-clearing system. Once you understand, you’ll see that you don’t need to do anything to clear your mind. If you doubt this, look at the example of small children. They can go from tantrum to laughter in a heartbeat, with no conscious effort. They understand this intuitively. Then it gets paved over with misunderstanding as we get older. The key? Look in the direction of insightful understanding, & keep exploring. Here’s a video called “The Ultimate Leverage Point” that explains it, & there’s also a free audio by the same name that you can download when you’re ready for more. Keep exploring & keep sharing! http://www.jamiesmart.com/the-ultimate-leverage-point/
@Felix – thanks – as you know, we’ve both been exploring this for a while. I can think of countless examples that “look” like they’re coming from something other than thought. But when I look at them through the “innate thinking” lens, I realise that this simple understanding is a robust explanatory model for all of them. We all get fooled by the special effects department of thought from time to time, but it only works one way. So glad you’re looking in this direction – keep learning & sharing! J
@Ben – thanks – I can only imagine what it’s like to be an interviewer on a breaking news programme. He has a producer talking to him through his earpiece the whole time! I wouldn’t be surprised if he has to maintain an incredibly clear state of mind just to do his job. Either way, I know it took me a while to “hear” the truth of this, so I thought he did well under the circumstances. Its great to see how this is impacting you. Thanks for commenting, & keep sharing what you’re learning, Ben. J
@Katja – thanks – it sure is! I never dreamt I’d even be alive when a new paradigm is emerging, far less that I’d have anything to do with it. But as people keep waking up to our innate thinking, anything’s possible! Keep sharing, J
@Gillian – thanks – and I understand why Dermot kept going back to external causes. After all, that’s what it looks like! It looked that way to me for most of my life, and still does from time to time. But as we keep exploring the reality of innate thinking, powerful new resources of resilience and possibility keep coming to the surface. Wonderful to see how this understanding is having a transformational effect in your life. Keep sharing what you’re discovering! J
@Dave – thanks – it’s so amazing to see that innate thinking is working the same way for everybody. It simplifies things profoundly. Thanks for sharing. J
@Richard – thanks – I think the interviewer was just saying how it looked to him, & I understand. It looked like that to me for a long time too. But as we keep looking in this direction, amazing things become possible. Keep sharing, man! J
@Damian – thanks – and to be fair, I think he listened rather well under the circumstances (take it easy on Dermot, everybody – he’s new to this ;-)) So delighted to see you getting your message out there Damian. Keep sharing. J
@Stuart – thanks – dreams are a wonderful thing. Make sure you enjoy the journey! Keep looking in this direction. J
@Menachem – thanks – glad you’re getting value from what I’m doing. Keep exploring! J
@Don – thanks – it took me a while too, so I’m glad you appreciated Dermot 😉 So great to watch you evolving & developing. Keep sharing what you’re learning! J
@Tony – thanks – it’s so cool that you’re getting out there and sharing what you’re learning too. Great to be on this journey with you. Looking forward to seeing you on the TV. Keep sharing! J
@Trevor – thanks – the thought revolution is now in progress 🙂 Innate thinking is the next wave. Glad you’re getting impacted by this. Stay pointed in this direction and who knows what can happen! J
@Nigel – thanks – I’m hopeful about that possibility too. Hope all’s well in your world. Keep looking in this direction! J
@Katherine – thanks – wow wow wow is what I thought too 🙂 So glad we’re sharing this journey with so many amazing people. Lovely to watch your evolution, so keep sharing what you’re sharing. J
@Ian – thanks – I’m excited about the possibility of reaching more & more people in this way. Glad you’re getting value from what I’m sharing. Keep looking in this direction! J
@Louise – thanks – so pleased you’re enjoying what I’m sharing & seeing the possibilities of innate thinking. I totally agree with you about the universality of this understanding – that’s why I think it’s the next wave in the evolution of our society (and maybe our species). Keep exploring & sharing, Louise. J
@Anna – thanks (on all counts :-)). I’m so inspired about the possibility of this getting widespread exposure. Stay tuned & keep sharing. J
@Fernando – thanks – I’ll keep up the work, you keep up the commenting and sharing. J
@Marilyn – thanks – I love the possibility of a “stress-free life” for everyone! Keep sharing. J
@Greg – thanks – I’m very happy with how it played out. I don’t feel inspired to act like a politician at the moment, but who knows? Thanks for the suggestion 😉 Keep sharing. J
@Melissa – thanks – I love the possibility that people watching this have insights into their own situations. Stay tuned & keep sharing! J
@Colin – thanks – I’ll investigate Reddit. Time for me to get fully into 21st century technology. Thanks for sharing. J
@Nick – thanks – I agree, though i’d finesse it slightly. As I see it, we create our own “experience” of reality (courtesy of innate thinking). As I write this I’m sitting in Starbucks with 30 or so other people sitting nearby. I’m not creating Starbucks & those other people, but I’m creating my experience of it. Does that make sense? Either way, keep looking in this direction, & thanks for sharing. J
@Graham – thanks – hope all’s well with you. 2001 / 2002 seems like a long time ago, eh? Glad we’re still exploring. J
@Hasu – thanks – I’m saying something subtly but profoundly different from Robbins. I’m saying that 100% of our felt experience of life comes from 100% of our thinking in the moment. I’m absolutely NOT saying that people should try to control, manage or manipulate their thinking. Quite the opposite. I’m suggesting that they leave their thinking alone & focus on deepening their understanding of how the system works. As you keep looking in this direction, you’ll find that it takes a lot of your mind, and that you find yourself more & more having the resources you need in the moments you need them, without any effort. In fact, while I waited in the green room in the 30 minutes prior to this TV interview, I was full of anxious thoughts & feelings. I did absolutely nothing to quell them, and when I was on the air, I felt relaxed and responsive. I relied on the automatic tendency of the mind to give me what I needed when I needed it. I hope this makes sense, and sounds more realistic than trying to maintain a “warrior state” all the time – that never appealed to me. Too much like hard work 😉 Keep looking in this direction & keep exploring. J
@Christian – thanks – I’d like to suggest that it’s even simpler than you propose. Pressure appears when we’re mistakenly believing that the world outside us (in space or time) has power over our feelings. Look at how many people create a self-imposed deadlines then act as though something bad will happen if they don’t reach it. Mental pressure is (as the name suggests) 100% mind-made. And the solution? Insightful understanding. Have a look at the ultimate leverage point video & download the free audio for more info on innate thinking & insightful understanding: http://www.jamiesmart.com/the-ultimate-leverage-point/
@miranda – thanks – there are all kinds of “mental behaviours” such as over-rationalising, but believe it or not, the behaviours are symptoms of the misunderstanding I’m pointing to. As people wake up to the truth of innate thinking, their habitual thinking tends to get reorganised, and healthy (often intuitively guided) behaviours emerge. Keep looking in this direction & keep sharing! J
@Lisa – terrific! I’m so delighted. Would you like to share what you saw? J
@James – thanks – believe it or not, it was the clarity of my own understanding that made it easy for me to stay on track. To me, it was sort of like someone who knows that germs cause illness being interviews by someone who’s never heard of germs, & believes illness is caused by bad smells. “I know it looks that way, doesn’t it…”. It’s easy to stay on track when you understand how the system works. Keep looking in this direction, James, & keep sharing. J
@Steve – thanks – that sure is true for me. But it’s less about the fact that I keep falling asleep, and more about the fact that we keep waking up. One day indeed… Thanks for sharing. J
@Christine – thanks – you’re very welcome. Keep sharing it. J
@Alaa – thanks – keep exploring & keep sharing. J
@Karen – thanks – glad you’re enjoying it. J
@Amit – thanks – it’s just the beginning. Keep looking in this direction. J
@Maurice – thanks – I’d go further. It’s ALWAYS an inside job – the system only works one way: inside out. And the moment you understand how the system works, judgement, criticism & blame fall away. And as soon as you lose sight of it, there they are again. Just keep pointed in this direction & keep sharing. J
@Wayne – thanks – glad you’re enjoying what I’m sharing. Stay tuned. J
@Oscar – thanks – you’re very welcome. J
@Chris – thanks – well said. Keep doing what you’re doing. J
@Vivienne – thanks – aaaaahhhh. There’s so much in this for all of us. Keep looking in this direction & sharing what you’re sharing. J
@Victoria – thanks – hear hear! I’m looking forward to that day. Keep moving in this direction and we’ll get there. J
@David – thanks – one step at a time – stay in the exploration. J
@Suzanne – thanks – what I’m doing these days is subtly but profoundly different from NLP. It’s worth checking out some of the other videos on the blog to get more of a sense of it. Keep exploring! J
@Brett – thanks – nice catch. Keep looking in this direction & who knows what’s possible for you. Keep sharing. J
@Mari – thanks – this is how they find it. Keep sharing what you’re learning. J
@Jose – thanks – that’s terrific. So delighted that the “Effortless” message is making a difference to you. By the way, I LOVE the movie Revolver, so that makes two of us 😉 The change is already in progress. Keep looking in the innate thinking direction & sharing what you’re learning, Jose. J
@Syed – thanks – I loved it too. Keep learning & I’ll keep sharing. J
@Janette – thanks – I can feel our collective burden getting lighter by the day. After all, it’s 100% mind-made, and thought is only as heavy as you think it is 😉 Keep sharing. J
@Jackie – thanks – I know! I’m so thrilled that we’re starting to share the new paradigm with a bigger & bigger audience. The thought revolution is in progress. J
@Michael – thanks – I loved it too – lots of fun. Keep sharing what you’re sharing, my friend. J
@Fiona – thanks – much appreciated. I love that this is getting into the mainstream too. As more & more people wake up to the reality of innate thinking, who knows what’s possible? Keep learning & sharing. J
@Preciosa – thanks – inside-out is the way it works, so as we wake up to the reality of innate thinking, it’ll make life a lot more enjoyable for everyone. Bring it on! Stay tuned & keep sharing. J
@Insa – thanks – to be fair, I thought the interviewer did well under the circumstances – it takes us all some time to see the truth of this (except when it doesn’t). Keep looking in this direction & keep sharing, Insa. J
@Ellen – thanks – we’ll look into it. J
@Piers – thanks – I couldn’t agree more – bring it on! Let’s take innate thinking mainstream. J
@Nikki – thanks – here’s the cool thing. You don’t need to build the resilience – you already have it. You don’t need to stop the thinking – it’s simpler than that. As I said to Emily… Our mind is a self-clearing system. Once you understand, you’ll see that you don’t need to do anything to clear your mind. If you doubt this, look at the example of small children. They can go from tantrum to laughter in a heartbeat, with no conscious effort. They understand this intuitively. Then it gets paved over with misunderstanding as we get older. The key? Look in the direction of insightful understanding, & keep exploring. Here’s a video called “The Ultimate Leverage Point” that explains it, & there’s also a free audio by the same name that you can download when you’re ready for more. Keep exploring & keep sharing! And keep up the fantastic comments, Nikki. http://www.jamiesmart.com/the-ultimate-leverage-point/
@Matthew – thanks – I love the idea of a documentary about innate thinking. Imagine what would be possible! Thanks for posting & keep sharing. J
@Craig – thanks – isn’t that cool? I don’t know how many people need to see this before we reach critical mass, but I’m excited to find out. Bring it on! Keep exploring & keep sharing, Craig. J
Thanks again to ALL of you for posting. I’d love it if you would have a look at some of the other videos on the blog and comment on them too. Let the conversation continue! Big love, J
I liked this interview. A big breakthrough for me years ago was learning to look at the world from the inside out than from the outside in. We always have the choice of whether to change things externally or internally to change what we cannot accept and accept what we cannot change and with wisdom sometimes the answer is an accomodation between the two.
You correctly point out that it is his thinking which made him decide. If he had learned nlp he could have changed his internal representation of events and possibly arrived at a more resourceful decision rather than one enforced by a seeming inability to negotiate between states..
Thanks for posting, Larry. As you’ll see from this site, I’m now pointing to something that’s beyond NLP. These days I’m focusing on people getting a deeper understanding of how life works, and the realisation that 100% of their felt experience is coming from their thinking in the moment. When people see that, they don’t need to change their thinking – it loses its grip over them instantly. I’d love to know what you see as you continue exploring the videos here. Thanks again!
Great video I think u r right Jamie although it might be hard to turn reality around if the bad thinking isn’t nipped in the bud first. I do think some things are out of our control but I suppose Andrew Strauss could have still performed to his highest on the pitch.
Hi John – Thanks for your comment. I’d like to offer that there’s something even more powerful than “nipping bad thinking in the bud” – it’s even more powerful to realise it’s *just* thinking. I like the metaphor of driving along the motorway on a hot day and seeing a mirage. Even though it looks like a pool of water on the highway, you don’t need to take evasive action, because you understand it’s just a mirage. Similarly, the moment you realise it’s just a thought, you don’t need to do anything. Hope this helps. Thanks again, J
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