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The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level Paperback – May 4, 2010
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“Gay Hendricks is a great role model for true success. He enjoys abundance and a deep connection with his own spiritual essence, and at the same time has lived for three decades in a thriving marriage. Now, he shows us how to do it for ourselves.” (Mark Victor Hansen, co-author of Cracking the Millionaire Code)
“Gay has the corner on living life well... he has a glorious love relationship with his wife and he is hugely successful. There is no better person to inspire us all to be the best we can be at every level.” (Mariel Hemingway, author of Mariel's Kitchen and Mariel Hemingway's Healthy Living from the Inside Out)
“Gay Hendricks’ positivity, his love, his genius fill me with hope. And in, The Big Leap, he once again names a pattern that I have always been aware of in myself but never quite brought to consciousness. Now that I have, there’s no going back. “ (Geneen Roth, author of Women Food and God)
“Hendricks provides a clear path for achieving our true potential and attaining not only financial success but also success in love and life.” (OfSpirit.com)
“Hendricks has the answers.” (Elevated Existence)
From the Back Cover
Remove the Last Obstacle to Ultimate Success
In The Big Leap, New York Times bestselling author Gay Hendricks reveals a simple yet comprehensive program for overcoming our one barrier to happiness and fulfillment, providing a clear path for achieving our true potential and attaining not only financial success but also success in love and life.
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This book is all about understanding limiting beliefs, discovering from where they are derived, and learning how to bust through your self-imposed upper limit to realize your full potential.
We learn about the four hidden barriers that many of us impose on ourselves that may limit us. It may be one particular item that's limiting us or a combination of a couple. The hidden barriers are as follows:
1 • Feeling Fundamentally Flawed
2 • Disloyalty and Abandonment
3 • Believing That More Success Brings a Bigger Burden
4 • The Crime of Outshining
The author does a good job of detailing each of the hidden beliefs. Many times, it's deep-rooted from our early years and we may not even recognize that we have these hidden beliefs.
The author speaks of working in different "zones." There's the Zone of Incompetence, the Zone of Competence, the Zone of Excellence, and the Zone of Genius, the ultimate Zone where we should play.
The book is filled with all kinds of great suggestions for finding your way past your upper limit and finding your way into the Zone of Genius.
The biggest takeaway for me was the Ultimate Success Mantra. This is something you say to yourself when you meditate. It's something you say aloud to yourself. It's something you program into your neural pathways so you never forget and I happen to like it word for word. The Ultimate Success Mantra is,
"I expand in abundance, success, and love every day and I inspire others around me to do the same."
The only language I've added to it is, "so I may serve more people" and I've inserted this right after the word "day."
This book was published in 2010. It garners a 4.7 rating after 505 reviews on Amazon and a 4.06 on Goodreads with 3,062 ratings and 253 reviews. I actually gave it a 5-star rating and I'm inspired to check out more by Gay Hendricks.
This book is so very powerful at helping you unravel "your story" - why you think and react the way to do and helps you identify areas of your life that are holding you back from achieving in your life. I had so many truths revealed to me as I pondered the questions that Gay poses.
Learn to live in the ZONE of GENIUS -- get out of the Zone of excellence or zone of competence where most of us stay. Your Zone of Genius is the set of activities you are uniquely suited to do. This book will help you DEFINE them.
The Four barriers that hold us back:
1. Believing we are fundamentally flawed somehow
2 False belief that by succeeding we are being disloyal to people in our past
3. False belief we are a burden in the world.
4. False belief that we must dim our own "light" so we won't outshine someone in our past.
Learn how to identify your "Upper Limit Problem" - the thoughts and actions that HOLD YOU DOWN.
I encourage you to use this as a text- take notes, highlight..etc. very powerful read. I loved the digital format because now I can go back to the list of my notes and highlights and read through them easily - what a gem!
There were 3 core concepts to understand in this book which could potentially transform your life if applied as instructed (I certainly will):
* The Upper-Limit Problem (ULP)
* The Ultimate Mantra
* Einstein Time
I also really liked the writing style and how the author was able to blend his personal story, anecdotes with the clearly expressed philosophy of his system. I wish all personal growth books were up to these standards (unfortunately most of them are not). The book just flows beautifully. I’m looking forward to reading the author’s other works and already signed up to his mailing list.
Favourite quote from the book:
"Life is at its best when love, money, and creativity are growing in harmony."
This was also the first book I read for 2018 as part of my project to read and review 100 books this year. You can find more on my blog via my Amazon profile page. The best thing is that I only paid $2 for the book as part of some daily deal or something. I bought a lot of books this past month! Can't wait to read everything. There's no better investment than books.
If my review was helpful or you disagree with something, don't hesitate to leave a comment below!
Thanks for reading and have a great day/year/life :)