149: A place to learn and a place for vulnerability - with Patty Jackson

About Patty Jackson

In sixth grade, Patty’s passion revealed itself: To empower individuals to realize how incredibly powerful, loved and capable they are so we can spend less time in conflict and more time enjoying growth and meaningful experiences.

Stemmed from her passion Patty founded, Clear Inner Focus, an education company specializing in helping people understand how to maximize their potential; personally, in their relationships and as an inspirational leader.

Over the past 15 years, she has trained thousands of life coaches, business leaders, and individuals in her nationally acclaimed methodology. Her newest business offering is a course called Personal Leadership Masters. It’s for any leader who wants to understand and consciously apply their success strategies in new areas of life.

Patty is the author of Energy Bubbles 101 and will soon be launching her next book, Flip Your Focus – A Guide to Optimizing Your Evolving Life through HenschelHaus Books.


What is your definition of motivation and where does it come from?

“my definition of motivation is having that intrinsic desire to get a task done. I used to teach 6th graders who were not in the mainstream, they couldn’t get qualified for special ed, yet they just didn’t do anything in the classroom. And they were dead, they just didn’t want to engage with learning…’


What is the difference between motivation and pushing yourself?

“I did a triathlon a couple of years ago and yea, I had to push myself and I wasn’t motivated so the two worked together really well. But sometimes we get stuck in life and really start pushing ourselves to try to get things done…”


What is personal leadership and why is personal leadership the most important part of reaching out and connecting with others?

“personal leadership is the ability to navigate those four things that I can control within me. I use the four things that you can control as your breath, your focus, your imagination, and your response.”


Can you share with me your most successful or favorite networking story/experience that you’ve had?

“I think about back in my early days is when the first successes came in that were so magical. I started off as a life coach just doing one on one things and wondering how I was going to begin, who I was going to connect with. And so, I realized it would be kind of great to work alongside a doctor that may be referring people to me…”


How do you stay in front of, or best nurture your network community?

“one of the most important things I think I do is I just listen to my heart. Sometimes I’m out on a walk and ill get an idea, something that would be really helpful to share with my audience and ill pull out my camera on my cellphone and just do a quick video…”


What advice do you have for the professional on growing their network?

“Well I think whenever we are looking to grow, there’s a place where we need to learn, and there’s a place of vulnerability. And that’s where I believe its really important to give yourself some time to think about what you want to learn and need to learn, and then explore…”


Digital networking or traditional networking?

“I find the value I traditional I love being with people face to face. Its where I enjoy things more and I do get more out of it. Either it’s a connection with the people I’m talking with, a referral for something else, or something good always comes from it.”


If you could go back 20 years, what would you tell yourself to do more or less of regarding your career?

“I love that question because of course, I wouldn’t do anything differently because that’s what got me to where I am today… and what I know today that would be really fun for any 20-yr-old is that by really getting clear on your vision of what you want and visiting it in the morning and then noticing where it's showing up, life becomes really magical. ”


We’ve all heard of the 6 degrees of separation… Now, who would be the one person you’d love to connect with and do you think you could do it within the 6th degree?

“my book is about to come out and I want a forward on it. And I finished the book, Big Magic, by Elizabeth Gilbert and I’m all jazzed about it. So, I think it would be so cool to get her to write a forward for the front of my book.”


What book are you reading right now?

“Like I said I just finished, Big Magic. And I am reading, 4 Feet from Gold.”


Any final words of advice for our listeners?

“the most important thing is to listen to and support yourself.”


You can get in contact with Patty at:


Twitter: @pattyjacksonLif