1. A quote I’m resonating with this week
I’m still enjoying the hell out of Nicholas Nassim Taleb’s book, Fooled By Randomness. It’s well worth reading. Here’s the quote from it that’s giving me the most pause for reflection so far:
“Remember that nobody accepts randomness in his own success; only his failure.”
2. The search is over, except when it isn’t (a keynote speech I really enjoyed giving)
A couple of years ago, I gave the opening talk at the Unlimited conference in Helsinki, Finland. The conference was organised by one of my former students, the excellent Niko Leppanen, and it was a really wonderful event. The audience included many people who were brand new to the principles behind clarity, so I speak about the keys to resilience, performance and releasing your potential. I explain the subtle tricks of the mind that cause stress and anxiety, and point out the simple insights and realisations that can have you stop searching and start finding what everybody is looking for: fulfilment, peace of mind and enlightened success. The session was called ‘The Search is Over (except when it isn’t)’ and I really enjoyed it. Niko recently gave me permission to release the audio recording on the Results Mindset podcast, so you can listen to it here (or wherever you get your podcasts): https://www.jamiesmart.com/rmp31/
3. This week’s glimpse of the future
OK, this is pretty extreme. The technology is now at the point where scientists can create convincing CGI images of human faces, and adapt video to lipsync a prerecorded speech (see the uncanny videos of President Obama in the article). Things are about to get really weird! https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/01/02/technology/ai-generated-photos.html?_r=0
4. Tears of joy
Last night I recorded a case study interview with Emily Best. Until recently, Emily was doing shift-work in the NHS, on the team in an operating theatre, but she had a guilty secret. While she came across as confident to others, on the inside she was tortured by worry, anxiety and lack of confidence. She used to daydream about making changes, and finding work that was more fulfilling, but was afraid that would just be ‘one more thing to fail at’.
Emily was part of the beta-test team for Project Jupiter which started 4 months ago, and a few weeks ago she started her new job as a professional trainer. She’s gone from working crazy hours, with no spare time and being stressed out of her mind… to being happy and optimistic, with extra money in her pocket and free time to spend with her friends.
At one point in the interview, Emily gets overcome by emotion and cries tears of joy, saying “I’m happy and I’m not worrying about things. It’s quite different to anything that I’ve had before. I’ve not had this kind of peace before. I just hope that nobody else sits there thinking ‘I can’t change things.’ I did it year after year, and then the next year I’m thinking, ‘Oh if only I changed something last year maybe it wouldn’t be like this now.’ So just to get to the year when you actually change something and then realise how quickly that can snowball into a whole different life”.
This is a big part of why I do what I do; to see people wake up to the truth of who they really are and what’s possible for them. If you’re ready to make some changes, check out the details for Project Jupiter in the PS. The intake at the end of this month is the last one where I’m doing the 1:1 laser-coaching on the weekly calls, so if you want to get coached by me personally, this is your chance.
If you’re already a member of the Transition Launchpad Facebook Group, you can watch my case study interview with Emily here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/transitionlaunchpad/permalink/160966944524545/
If you’re NOT already a member of the Transition Launchpad Facebook Group, you can join for free here: https://www.jamiesmart.com/transitionlaunchpad/
5. This week’s 3 minute miracle
Alexa has reintroduced me to the joys of Led Zeppelin. Here’s one of my favourites, Since I’ve Been Lovin’ You. Clearly, Jimmy Page’s beautiful guitar work from the start of the song really helps. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RfOaAj7E5g
That’s it for this week!
Sunday Times Bestselling Author, Speaker and Executive Coach
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, click here https://www.jamiesmart.com/book-jamie-to-speak-about/
2. Join the Profitable Coaches Group
Join the Profitable Coaches 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 https://www.jamiesmart.com/profitable/
3. Join Chip Chipman, Jan Chipman and me in Tenerife
Each year, my team and I head off to the Canary Islands for a week with my dear friends, colleagues and mentors Jan and Chip Chipman for the Clarity Life Transformation Retreat. We spend 5 days diving deep into the principles behind clarity, and lives transform in the process. If you’d like to find out more about it, If that’s you, email Nikki on firstname.lastname@example.org and type “Tenerife” in the subject line.
4. Join the next intake of Project Jupiter
If you want to transition from full-time employment to something more fulfilling and on-purpose for you, you may be a good fit for the next intake of Project Jupiter (starting at the end of this month). Here’s how you’ll know if you’re right for Jupiter (and vice-versa):
– You are currently in full-time employment, but…
– You want to transition from your job to something more fulfilling and “on-purpose”
– You sense that it’ll probably take 1-3 years to complete the transition, but…
– Your goal hasn’t been getting much closer; it seems to stay the same distance away
– You want to make progress, but lack clarity about either the ‘what’ or the ‘how’
– You know that if you were clear on those, with a solid plan, you’d do what it takes to make it happen
– You’ve been thinking about it for long enough, and you’re ready to do something about it NOW
If that’s you, email Nikki at email@example.com and type “Project Jupiter” in the subject line.
PLUS: check these out :
Get your free Profitable Coaches Scorecard book www.JamieSmart.com/scorecard
Listen to the Results Mindset Podcast www.JamieSmart.com/resultspodcast
Listen to The Profitable Coaches Podcast www.JamieSmart.com/pcp
Read the first 2 chapters of my Sunday Times Bestseller RESULTS: Think Less, Achieve More www.JamieSmart.com/instantresults