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The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level by [Hendricks PhD, Gay]
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  • File Size: 729 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; 1 edition (April 10, 2009)
  • Publication Date: April 21, 2009
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061735361
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061735363
  • ASIN: B0026772QU
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By D. Whitney on January 8, 2010
Format: Hardcover
...But first you have to be a success.

The Big Leap, by Gay Hendricks, is another personal learning book following an idea of coming to a fundamental realization that will help you better yourself. In this case, the central hidden realization we can come to is that when we begin to enjoy great success in some area of our lives, we tend to create problems in that or another area of our lives. We do this because we hit our "upper limit" of happiness, financial success, joy in a relationship, or any of a number of other things, and this upper limit causes us to unconsciously sabotage ourselves or even make ourselves ill. Dr. Hendricks explains that we may have one or more of four hidden barriers that activate our upper limit self-sabotage. The four hidden barriers are caused by: 1 - feeling fundamentally flawed, 2 - disloyalty and abandonment issues, 3 - believing that more success brings a bigger burden, and 4 - the perceived crime of outshining. When we learn to break through our barrier, we can move into the zone of genius (assuming that we've already been in the zone of excellence).

If you are a "Type A" personality, a perfectionist, or a workaholic, this book may be for you. As he is apparently all three of those, I can visualize all of this whole line of thought and the suggested action steps as being very plain to Dr. Hendricks, and can visualize him blissfully laying this all out in the course of writing this book. It's as if he's saying, "Come on - you can do this! It's easy. Look - I've worked it all out. Here are our issues, here is what we need to understand, and here's what we do about it." But much of it is basically a foreign language to people like me, as I am not a "Type A" personality, not a perfectionist, and definitely not a workaholic.
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THE BIG LEAP revolves around the interesting proposition that while we all like to feel good, most of us have acquired a ceiling for our expectations in the course of growing up. The optimism and exuberance of childhood have given way to a darker view of how the world works and our place in it. We then make our reality conform to our expectations and engineer circumstances to bring us back to the "safe" upper limits our subconscious has imposed on us.

This has the effect of our putting on the brakes whenever we get out of our zone of comfort - what Hendricks calls our Zone of Competence or even of Excellence. But his mission is to get us to recognize our upper limit problem and break through it to living in our Zone of Genius. This is the sweet spot where we are doing work that nurtures our spirit and offers lasting contentment.

Hendricks has examined the human spirit and psyche for all of his working life. A PhD in Counseling Psychology from Stanford, and then a Professor at the University of Colorado for 21 years, he co-founded the Hendricks Institute with his wife Kathlyn to focus on conscious living and relationships. This book seems to be an exposition and distillation of some of the most important lessons for achieving our true potential. Through a series of questions for contemplation and other tools, he gently guides the reader to an understanding of how and where you have created limits, how to move beyond them to living in your zone of genius and succeeding in love, life and finances.

What I was most taken by was his "Ultimate Success Mantra." It is similar on the surface to many other affirmations you probably have read over the years, but I believe this one is profoundly different.
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Over time I've read plenty of self help books - and I believe there are many because each of us resonate with different words, stories and ideas - because often the underlying ideas are the same.

What stood out for me - my big aha - in the Big Leap is that Gay names the hidden barriers that mostly unconsciously are in the way of each of us stepping up to create passionate work we love and thrive in - our zone of genius. His words help me understand the pieces of the puzzle and how they can be put into place and we can more easily thrive. And this is all stated so simply - that it's almost hard to believe it can work.

The four barriers (which are well explained with examples) are:

Feeling Fundamentally Flawed
Disloyalty and Abandonment
Believing that More Success Brings a Bigger Burden
The Crime of Outshining

Some how having Gay name these brought consciousness to myself (and I'm sure many others)- to be aware when you're no longer comfortable (with your success and achievement) and begin the unconscious pattern of self sabotage (to keep yourself right where you are comfortable).

Another piece that powerfully stands out is the mantra - and trust me I've said quite a few over time. "I expand in abundance, success and love every day, as I inspire those around me to do the same."

I've been saying this for the past three+ weeks since reading the book.
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