“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will appear simpler.”
– Henry David Thoreau
This week’s article is about unleashing your creative process. Here’s an excerpt from my book RESULTS: Think Less, Achieve More (©2016 Jamie Smart, published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd):
The goal is to eradicate chronic psychological suffering globally for everyone by 2030… I felt overwhelmed by the churn of emotions: worry, excitement, anxiety, inspiration. My first book had sold tens of thousands of copies, and I was about to release the follow-up. For six years I’d been exploring and sharing the principles behind clarity with people who were born into a world where the adults already understood the pre-existing fact of germs. I’d also been sharing my vision of a generation of children being born into a world where the adults already understand the pre-existing fact of the 100% inside-out nature of life.
But all this time, I’d had a secret: while I passionately believed in my vision, and was committed to doing whatever I could to help bring it into being, I’d been afraid to put a deadline on it. The vision already seemed so enormous, so overwhelming, so full of uncertainty… Setting a goal, creating a project and going public with a deadline seemed too big – like an invitation to fail. So I’d been playing it safe; stopping short of what I was inspired to create. And that’s when I had a realization…
Your feelings aren’t telling you about the risk of failure, the size of the goal or your ability to achieve it… Your feelings are an experience of the principle of THOUGHT taking form right now, in this moment.
The area where I was feeling the most inspired was also the area where my contaminated thinking had seemed most real. The moment I realized this I knew, ‘You have to take action and move forward with your goal’.
These principles are to psychology what the discovery of germs was to medicine.The principles behind clarity represent the futureof psychology.You’re going to be exploring and sharing these principles for the next 20 years.
I was remembering my insecurity about the ‘Why just 20 years?’ question when I had another realization. Maybe my insight told me I’d be exploring and sharing these principles for ‘the next 20 years’ because that’s how long it’s going to take! I added 20 to 2009, built in a few months of wiggle room, and came up with my goal:
To eradicate chronic psychological suffering globally by 2030
New passion and energy came flooding in. As I started to tell people about the goal, it started taking on a life of its own, and I learned something anew that every great results-creator intuitively understands.
The creative process is at the heart of how you turn ideas into reality.
Many people are confused about how to make things happen, and get stuck making excuses and giving up on their dreams. But when you understand the creative process, you can use it to overcome obstacles and create results that seem extraordinary or even impossible.
There’s no such thing as a creative person
There’s no such thing as a creative person; there are merely people who have learned how to relate to and be guided by the creative energy of life that’s flowing through every human being. The fact that you can see, hear or feel – the fact that you’re having an experience right now – means that you’re connected to Mind; the creative energy of life. It’s creating your experience right now, in this very moment. In fact, the idea ‘I’m not creative’ is itself a creation. If you’ve been believing that idea until now it’s because you’ve harnessed the creative potential to imagine something about yourself. There’s no such thing as a creative person; there are merely people who have learned how to dance with the creative energy of life. The fact that you’re reading this means that you have this capacity and you can learn to do this dance.
By the way, one of the ways I love to “do the creative dance” is by creating powerful learning experiences, and I was wondering… would you like to ‘sit in’ / observe / ‘be a fly on the wall’ during one of my 3-day 1:1 Intensives with a client? Here’s what I’m thinking: Ever since I wrote in RESULTS about how Ankush Jain sat in and observed while I did a 3-day 1:1 Intensive with a client, I’ve had lots of people come to me and ask how they can do the same. The motivation is clear: while lots of coaches love the idea of offering high-value, multi-day intensives, very few coaches actually have a reference experience for them: they haven’t experienced what a multi-day intensive looks like, sounds like and feels like. Basically, it can be tough to do something when you don’t have any kind of reference for it. So I’ve been giving it a lot of thought, and I’ve come up with a way for you to sit in while I do a 3-day 1:1 Intensive with a paying client, and then de-brief with me between the sessions. Would you like to see/hear more? If yes, watch your inbox for an email with the Subject Line: Sit in on an intensive
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PLUS: Whenever you’re ready… here are 4 ways I can help you get the clarity and results that matter to you:
1. Hire me to speak at your event
If you want an entertaining and impactful keynote speech or breakout session for your conference, offsite or town hall meeting, email Nikki at firstname.lastname@example.org and type “Keynote” in the subject line.
2. Apply for the 2017 intake of the Certified Clarity Coach Training Programme
If you want to be part of the class of 2017, this year’s intake of the Certified Clarity Coach Training Programme starts in September. You can find all the details and take advantage of the early booking price that expires this Friday June 30th here: https://www.jamiesmart.com/clarity-coach-training-sh/
3. Join the Exponential Practice Professional Group
Join the Exponential Practice Professional Group and connect with the growing community of like-minded transformation professionals who are passionate about exponentially increasing their grounding, impact and their livelihood. You can join for free at www.JamieSmart.com/expo
4. Join the next intake of Project Glasswing
We’re putting together a new practice-building case study group at Coaching Package Power this month. Stay tuned for details… If you’d like to work with me and my team on growing your practice… email Nikki at email@example.com and type “Project Glasswing” in the subject line.
PLUS: check these out :
Get your free Exponential Practice Scorecard book www.JamieSmart.com/scorecard
Listen to the Results Mindset Podcast www.JamieSmart.com/resultspodcast
Listen to Your Exponential Practice Podcast www.JamieSmart.com/pod
Read the first 2 chapters of my Sunday Times Bestseller RESULTS: Think Less, Achieve More www.JamieSmart.com/instantresults