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Imagine what you could achieve if you could only clear your mind The Little Book of Clarity shows you how to clear your head and get things done. Based on bestselling book, Clarity, this new edition has been distilled to the essentials, getting right to the point. With no vague theory or superfluous anecdotes, this book gets you right to work reducing stress and boosting p Imagine what you could achieve if you could only clear your mind The Little Book of Clarity shows you how to clear your head and get things done. Based on bestselling book, Clarity, this new edition has been distilled to the essentials, getting right to the point. With no vague theory or superfluous anecdotes, this book gets you right to work reducing stress and boosting productivity by uncovering your mind's in-built "self-clearing" capacity. As you begin to understand the concept of innate thinking, the benefits will start emerging in every corner of your life. As you think less, you'll win more — at work, at home, and at the game of life as a whole. You'll rid your mind of clutter for good as you focus on what matters, and finally free up the time you need to pursue your dreams. Life's constant bombardment of "to-do" and "urgent" pushes your own priorities clear off the radar. Before you know it, you're always busy, but not getting very much accomplished. Personal goals fall by the wayside as you struggle just to keep up with day-to-day life. This book shows you how to cut the noise and clear the fog, and start working on what matters to you. Harness the power of insight and principles Discover your true identity and innate wisdom Build better relationships and stronger connections Discard toxic goals and pursue authentic desires Clarity is the mind's natural state, a state to which it will always return if given the chance. Although it's evident in children, most adults have had this ability conditioned out of them by our "go-go-go" society, leaving them mentally muddy, stressed, and ineffectual. The Little Book of Clarity helps you erase that conditioning and gain the peace of mind to live a life you love — permanently.


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Imagine what you could achieve if you could only clear your mind The Little Book of Clarity shows you how to clear your head and get things done. Based on bestselling book, Clarity, this new edition has been distilled to the essentials, getting right to the point. With no vague theory or superfluous anecdotes, this book gets you right to work reducing stress and boosting p Imagine what you could achieve if you could only clear your mind The Little Book of Clarity shows you how to clear your head and get things done. Based on bestselling book, Clarity, this new edition has been distilled to the essentials, getting right to the point. With no vague theory or superfluous anecdotes, this book gets you right to work reducing stress and boosting productivity by uncovering your mind's in-built "self-clearing" capacity. As you begin to understand the concept of innate thinking, the benefits will start emerging in every corner of your life. As you think less, you'll win more — at work, at home, and at the game of life as a whole. You'll rid your mind of clutter for good as you focus on what matters, and finally free up the time you need to pursue your dreams. Life's constant bombardment of "to-do" and "urgent" pushes your own priorities clear off the radar. Before you know it, you're always busy, but not getting very much accomplished. Personal goals fall by the wayside as you struggle just to keep up with day-to-day life. This book shows you how to cut the noise and clear the fog, and start working on what matters to you. Harness the power of insight and principles Discover your true identity and innate wisdom Build better relationships and stronger connections Discard toxic goals and pursue authentic desires Clarity is the mind's natural state, a state to which it will always return if given the chance. Although it's evident in children, most adults have had this ability conditioned out of them by our "go-go-go" society, leaving them mentally muddy, stressed, and ineffectual. The Little Book of Clarity helps you erase that conditioning and gain the peace of mind to live a life you love — permanently.

30 review for The Little Book of Clarity: A Quick Guide to Focus and Declutter Your Mind

  1. 4 out of 5

    David

    If you are interested in the "mindfulness revolution" (or if you're not), I strongly recommend that you not spend your valuable time reading this book (although I forced myself through it because I hate putting down books). Jamie Smart has mashed together a lot of useful ideas from various sources into a difficult-to-understand approach of "clarity" that he claims is original. The book doesn't really explain how to achieve "clarity", except for repeating that it is an automatic process that occur If you are interested in the "mindfulness revolution" (or if you're not), I strongly recommend that you not spend your valuable time reading this book (although I forced myself through it because I hate putting down books). Jamie Smart has mashed together a lot of useful ideas from various sources into a difficult-to-understand approach of "clarity" that he claims is original. The book doesn't really explain how to achieve "clarity", except for repeating that it is an automatic process that occurs when we recognise that 100% of the human experience comes from the internal process of thought. This is an interesting concept tied to the traditions of Buddhism, but it falls over completely as articulated by Smart for a couple of plain and related reasons: 1. We are human and have a external feed of information from our bodies and other external stimuli (as Smart recognises). Sure, this external information is mediated through our own consciousness, but that doesn't mean it doesn't exist. Dealing with family members and friends facing the challenges of old age and mortality has recently brought this point home to me vividly. 2. The big challenge of life (from the perspective of mindfulness, Buddhism, etc) is to free ourselves of attachment to negative stimuli and emotions and to be truly present in reality. The ability to do this consistently (particularly when negative stimuli are strong) generally requires practice over time. Calling the process automatic is a cop out. If you are interested in mindfulness, I suggest you consider spending your time with authors like Shunryu Suzuki, John Kabat-Zinn, Eckart Tolle or the Buddhist Dhammapada.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jay Millz

    The Little Book of Clarity: A Quick Guide to Focus and Declutter Your Mind by Jamie Smart offered a disappointingly vague, repetitive and uninspiring description of the author's - in my opinion - underdeveloped concept of mental Clarity. Even if the applications of Clarity weren't so unrealistic in 99.9% of any given person's daily life, Smart also failed to provide any clear way of achieving this sought after state of mind. Upon starting the book, I was immediately intrigued by the topic and ha The Little Book of Clarity: A Quick Guide to Focus and Declutter Your Mind by Jamie Smart offered a disappointingly vague, repetitive and uninspiring description of the author's - in my opinion - underdeveloped concept of mental Clarity. Even if the applications of Clarity weren't so unrealistic in 99.9% of any given person's daily life, Smart also failed to provide any clear way of achieving this sought after state of mind. Upon starting the book, I was immediately intrigued by the topic and had an overwhelming desire to see this book through and learn how the principles of Clarity could transform my way of thinking in various aspects of my life. Unfortunately, it did not take long to realize that the principles themselves are extremely undeveloped, even to the author. The chapters themselves were more or less a collection of cluttered and unorganized thoughts that were barely indistinguishable from one another; which I found extremely ironic given the subtitle to the book. Jamie Smart has almost a preachy and boastful tone throughout this book. He even goes to the lengths to compare his model of Clarity to the Industrial Revolution. In his path to Clarity, Smart essentially explains of all the hard work he used to put into his life before finding Clarity, and after his success he decided to put all of his worries aside and pursue self-proclaimed internal peace and Clarity. Great news! Unfortunately, he somehow fails to recognize that the so-called benefits of Clarity, such as reduced stress, wisdom and essentially ignorant bliss, do not apply to, say - a single mother trying to make ends meat to feed her three children. The reality of the matter is, the "contaminating thinking" he refers to repeatedly throughout the book are results of real-life societal issues that many people face on a daily basis. It is hard to ignore your financial issues and pursue Clarity when the heat and lights go out in your home. I would like to think that the people taking the time to read this genre of books are actively seeking for new ways to overcome these real-life problems, and Smart offered no tools to help (aside from encouraging readers to avoid their problems by escaping to a fantasy world in their mind.) Even if Clarity was the answer to these problems, readers are given no guidance as to how to achieve it. I clung on to the very last page in hopes that it would reveal the "aha!" moment that would tie everything together. Unfortunately, that moment never came.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ashima

    Odd book that says the same thing over and over again along with a bunch of stuff that I'm not sure I actually understood. That said, there is a helpful takeaway. I'm just not sure I needed to be hit on the head with it over and over again. or maybe I did... Odd book that says the same thing over and over again along with a bunch of stuff that I'm not sure I actually understood. That said, there is a helpful takeaway. I'm just not sure I needed to be hit on the head with it over and over again. or maybe I did...

  4. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Oughtibridge

    There are some good ideas hidden behind this book, but it's wordy, repetitive, uses too many vague metaphors and lacks any story. There are some good ideas hidden behind this book, but it's wordy, repetitive, uses too many vague metaphors and lacks any story.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Salima Bensalah

    This book is like a breath of fresh air. Recommended for anyone overwhelmed by the sheer noise of everyday life.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Angelique

    Much better than the Enlightened Gardener, but what's funny is it's obviously me making that connection. I never thought of The Wizard of Oz being so philosophical! I've heard all these allegories before, but the way Jamie Smart connects them through his book is fantastic (despite the obvious focus on buisness). It's a pithy, little read and I'm already benefiting from Clarity (TRADEMARK)! Much better than the Enlightened Gardener, but what's funny is it's obviously me making that connection. I never thought of The Wizard of Oz being so philosophical! I've heard all these allegories before, but the way Jamie Smart connects them through his book is fantastic (despite the obvious focus on buisness). It's a pithy, little read and I'm already benefiting from Clarity (TRADEMARK)!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Margaritamouka

    It had a great beggining but later on the book became so boring. It was very raw and I feel like some parts of it were repeated.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Abhinav

    One of the worse books I've read. Lists , and tries to offer a useless one-liner as the cure-all for it. Here is the useless one-liner summarized : "In any moment, it's your thoughts in action that are causing you to see something in a way and hence your problems.". And as if understanding and knowing that is supposed to help in any way? Please shun this book by the author who clearly thinks he's reached some sort of a pinnacle of understanding in any way, when he's stuck in the mud, just like ev One of the worse books I've read. Lists , and tries to offer a useless one-liner as the cure-all for it. Here is the useless one-liner summarized : "In any moment, it's your thoughts in action that are causing you to see something in a way and hence your problems.". And as if understanding and knowing that is supposed to help in any way? Please shun this book by the author who clearly thinks he's reached some sort of a pinnacle of understanding in any way, when he's stuck in the mud, just like everyone else, desperately grasping the above one-liner as some sort of elixir when it's just an empty phrase.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Shalima

    It does give one message clearly that we can gain clarity if we think that our mind can be contaminated with our thoughts which are how we perceive things from inside out. That is what happens outside and how we translate it is done through the way we are thinking about it. Therefore if we get clarity on that then we can work on getting insight and understanding rather than being contaminated by our thoughts in that moment and continue through life remembering this. A bit basic and no real steps It does give one message clearly that we can gain clarity if we think that our mind can be contaminated with our thoughts which are how we perceive things from inside out. That is what happens outside and how we translate it is done through the way we are thinking about it. Therefore if we get clarity on that then we can work on getting insight and understanding rather than being contaminated by our thoughts in that moment and continue through life remembering this. A bit basic and no real steps on how to work in this but good for a reminder and quick but entertaining read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ryan Barretto

    An interesting read about how we tend to contaminate our thoughts with an outside in approach to life. And some ideas on how to develop awareness of the clarity that lies within us. I am already aware of some of the concepts (from elsewhere) mentioned in the book, but not structured in the neat manner therein. I can think of linking it to other self development books which I have come across. All in all, more helpful to myself. :-)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Vivienne C. Waltzer

    I LOVED this book. I've read a lot of others like it before, but The Little Book of Clarity does it for me. It shows me how to be more mindful. This is the book you CAN'T put down, and even if you do, you always come back to it anyway. This is a book you should read twice. The first time you may not understand it. This truly is an amazing book for those who struggle with mental health issues too. I will be recommending this book to anyone who struggles. :) I LOVED this book. I've read a lot of others like it before, but The Little Book of Clarity does it for me. It shows me how to be more mindful. This is the book you CAN'T put down, and even if you do, you always come back to it anyway. This is a book you should read twice. The first time you may not understand it. This truly is an amazing book for those who struggle with mental health issues too. I will be recommending this book to anyone who struggles. :)

  12. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    This book didn’t live up to my expectations. I had heard many good things about it, but I just couldn’t get into it. It said the same thing over and over. It was long and drawn out. I think some of the points the author made were excellent, but these ideas were stretched on to a ridiculous extent that didn’t make sense. It just made the book difficult to finish.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Alistair Miller

    This is an excellent, concise book on the 3 Principles. Jamie Smart makes sure to explain how to apply this principles in the 'real' world, particularly in the area of business. This is a book that I will return to again and again. His metaphors are easy to understand and really help develop your understanding of the principles. This is an excellent, concise book on the 3 Principles. Jamie Smart makes sure to explain how to apply this principles in the 'real' world, particularly in the area of business. This is a book that I will return to again and again. His metaphors are easy to understand and really help develop your understanding of the principles.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sayhao

    This book gave me a fantastic guide on how to see things. The world teaches us a lot, but the ability to organise that and bring it into their right compartments, with all our mental and emotional chaos out of the way, is where great mental performance comes from.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Parvase

    Even though simple concepts .. makes a huge difference to your daily state if understood correctly. I have seen other books discuss this topic in length, but giving this as a 'fundamental law' really does make a difference to your thinking pattern. Even though simple concepts .. makes a huge difference to your daily state if understood correctly. I have seen other books discuss this topic in length, but giving this as a 'fundamental law' really does make a difference to your thinking pattern.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Bharati Kadu

    This book started with good points but after continuing to read I found the repeated content. It just felt like that author has just stretched out the most important content to keep it long. Though there are some excellent points made author which is helpful in real life.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Evolving With Book

    This book started with good points but after continuing to read I found the repeated content. It just felt like that author has just stretched out the most important content to keep it long. Though there are some excellent points made author which is helpful in real life.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Naomi

    This book had me thinking how much of my life has been wasted by ‘contaminated thinking’.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mark Koschwitz

    Extremely repetitive and there's not a single new idea to be found despite claims otherwise. Only read this if you need your self-help drug fix. You know who you are. Extremely repetitive and there's not a single new idea to be found despite claims otherwise. Only read this if you need your self-help drug fix. You know who you are.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nathalie

    Might want to revisit - May have been wrong timing

  21. 5 out of 5

    Cory Marchildon

    This was a book i read twice. Very insightful and well written. Zero regrets reading this book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Daniel MH

    It was a good read! A book that makes you think and analyze the world a bit more. It makes you go deeper into your mind! I recommend it!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Nilv Nguyễn

    Beautiful little book about how to live to your true identity.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Alexandria Blaelock

    This book argues that clarity comes from within, and not without. It’s kind of like mindfulness for thinking. Picked up one or two tips, though I skimmed it as this wasn’t what I was looking for.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    Repetitive and simplistic. What could’ve been written in one chapter, has been stretched out to a whole book.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    I gave up on this book by the time I reached part three. This book didn't teach me anything. Every chapter I read said clarity is the default setting, without ever saying anything that you could do in order to achieve clarity. The repetitive nature of this book is annoying, it got to the point where I found myself getting a headache every time I tried to read it. I gave up on this book by the time I reached part three. This book didn't teach me anything. Every chapter I read said clarity is the default setting, without ever saying anything that you could do in order to achieve clarity. The repetitive nature of this book is annoying, it got to the point where I found myself getting a headache every time I tried to read it.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Cody Faldyn

    In his book Smart expands on his original book Clarity and provides you with new, powerful ways to improve your productivity, eliminate stress, and master the art of innate thinking. The goal of the book is to help you create more relationships, meet personal goals, pinpoint negative goals, and train your brain to start prioritizing your day-to-day life more clearly. For your convenience, I had Jamie Smart on my podcast, The Entrepreneurs Library, to give a deep dive on The Little Book of Clarity In his book Smart expands on his original book Clarity and provides you with new, powerful ways to improve your productivity, eliminate stress, and master the art of innate thinking. The goal of the book is to help you create more relationships, meet personal goals, pinpoint negative goals, and train your brain to start prioritizing your day-to-day life more clearly. For your convenience, I had Jamie Smart on my podcast, The Entrepreneurs Library, to give a deep dive on The Little Book of Clarity. With Jamie’s experience he gives amazing insight on how to train your brain to be a focused machine. If you would like to get a more in-depth look from the author himself check out episode 197 on the EL website or you can find the show on iTunes.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jim Lewcock

    It's a portal in to clearer thinking. I am sure others are on to mindfulness but Jamie was my first way in - and for that I am thankful that he opened my world. If you don't get it - it's just your thinking that's contaminating you - try again after a good walk! Beyond Jamie smart - listen to Sydney Banks Hawaii lectures - nearest thing to godly speaking ... I know Jamie gets his inspiration from this source ... It's simply divine It's a portal in to clearer thinking. I am sure others are on to mindfulness but Jamie was my first way in - and for that I am thankful that he opened my world. If you don't get it - it's just your thinking that's contaminating you - try again after a good walk! Beyond Jamie smart - listen to Sydney Banks Hawaii lectures - nearest thing to godly speaking ... I know Jamie gets his inspiration from this source ... It's simply divine

  29. 4 out of 5

    Aye Thinzar

    I tried to like this book but I can't. There are some good principles he's mentioned, however, because he doesn't talk about each principle long enough with different examples, you do understand them but they don't stick in your head. After a few days I've read the book, I barely remember 20% of what he wrote. I tried to like this book but I can't. There are some good principles he's mentioned, however, because he doesn't talk about each principle long enough with different examples, you do understand them but they don't stick in your head. After a few days I've read the book, I barely remember 20% of what he wrote.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Peter O'Shea

    This is supposed to be a shortened version of a previous book. Even this though is barely a few lines explaining the "insight" and the rest is mainly just random examples that don't really add much. Not sure what the longer book may add? This is supposed to be a shortened version of a previous book. Even this though is barely a few lines explaining the "insight" and the rest is mainly just random examples that don't really add much. Not sure what the longer book may add?

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