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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 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
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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.
- ASIN : 0061735361
- Publisher : HarperOne; 1st edition (May 4, 2010)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780061735363
- Item Weight : 6.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.31 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
The presenration of the topics in the book started off well but then became annoyingly repetitive...A lot of "fillers" to render this book "thick".....the chapter about Einstein time wass probably the worst : 25 pages just to say, well, nothing that couldn't be said in a few sentences.
Overall, the content in these roughly 202 pages could have easily fit in a 40 page-book, examples included.
However I will add that even though I thoroughly enjoyed the content, the recording is some what hard to listen to. Very breathy, and a lot of "mouth sounds". So if you're the kind of person who winces at the word "moist" or the sound of someone chewing with their mouth open maybe read the actual book instead. I am a crap reader, so I listened to the whole thing and even though it took me a little longer than other books, I will say that it was 100% worth it for all that I gained from it.
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I managed to make my way half way through the book before I stopped reading and deleted it from my kindle library, absolute infuriated.
The main premise of the book is that we are are all currently suffering with the upper limit problem, in that however well our lives seem to be going, we will always find some conflict to sabotage how good things are, be that in work, relationships.... And even illness.
Yes, illness. Apparently illness is a mindset.
If all of this sounds a bit strange, imagine how you would feel if you'd read the thing.
At present, I'm a 30 something healthy male, but if I'd been born with a long term illness, reading this book would have sent me into a frenzy. The way the author states how you can overcome illness by just believing and reconditioning your brain into a positive mindset is just brainless. Anybody with a long term illness who decides to pick up this book, consider yourselves pre-warned.
One of my favourite passages was how he describes the war in the middle East between Muslims and Jews can be overcome with them both accepting that they are 100% the problem. So there you have it, 600 years of war solved in a sentence. Yes I understand those fundamentals may be correct, but the authors patronising tone just suggests it's a simple solution.
At this point, the more I read, the more the words on the page just sounded completely patronising. The guy cant stop preaching about he has overcome his upper limit problem and how his life is now a bundle of joy... This includes never arguing with his wife, and the ability to never catch a cold.
Probably one of the worst books I've ever read. If you're looking for positive books I recommend Tony Robbins' "Awaken the Giant Within' or "the 7 Habits of Highly effective people" by Stephen Covey instead, books where you won't come away feeling like you've just wasted a few hours of your life.
PS I was quite harsh giving it one star, as I like Branden's teachings so much that I gave it an extra star for spreading Branden's teachings and expanding on them.