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The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level

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With over 100,000 copies sold, New York Times bestselling author Gay Hendricks demonstrates how to go beyond your internal limits, release outdated fears and learn a whole new set of powerful skills... This description may be from another edition of this product.

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Another brilliant book by Gay Hendricks

I bought this book because I really liked "Lasting Love" by the same author and thought the subject was interesting. I also felt that my business partner was sabotaging our efforts at creating success, and wanted to check it out before giving him a copy. What I found was a brilliant book that has shown me several ways that I have been bumping up against my own upper limits. Last night, after having read only the first chapter the night before, I decided I would read for a few minutes before going to sleep. However I became so engrossed in the book that I stayed up until 2:30 am to finish it. After catching on to the author's perspective, I was unwilling to go to sleep without having this new perspective digested. Reading it also liberated a lot of energy, and after less than 4 hours of sleep, I'm sitting here writing a book review, slightly tired, but also energized. It's a testimony to the author's brilliance that he can take a subject that's subtle and complex, and make it seem like a lesson from elementary school. I found the same kind of brilliance in his other book. It's an easy read, but for me not a fast one. I often had to stop to ponder the implications of what I was reading. The fact that I could not put it down is testament to the author's skill and love for what he does. The book shows how even successful people have an upper limit to their success, love and abundance, and will sabotage their lives in order to avoid exceeding their upper limit. These tendencies originate in childhood (no surprise there). The book shows you the most common beliefs we have about ourselves which are the hidden barriers to our happiness, and what you can do about them. Definitely recommended for anyone who is interested in moving beyond a good life into a great one.

Getting out of your own way-

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. I would call it the Golden Rule for the Quantum Age, because while affirming that you expand in abundance, success and love every day, you do so by means of inspiring others to do the same. It reinforces the understanding of our interconnectedness and predicates your ultimate success on what you radiate back to others. This is the true Law of Attraction in action. Get the book and let its wisdom inspire your Genius.

This Book Delivers As Promised

Not a lot of books explain how we sabotage ourselves in most everything we do as we approach success. Gay teaches us how our belief system IS and what we can do to change it. It's easy to understand and you'll walk away with the skills you need to take that BIG Leap yourself.

Stop the short-circuit

This book helps you understand the one basic root of self-sabotage. That was the promise on which I purchased it. And it delivered. Mr. Hendricks not only explained the Upper Limit Problem, he offered ideas and encouragement for moving past it without giving a 'prescription' to follow. I appreciate the clear message that while there is one major problem, there are an infinite number of personal applications - and the individual is really the only one who can synthesize a personal solution. Besides the Upper Limit Problem and his Zones (of Incompetence, Competence, Mediocrity, Excellence, and Genius) I was also impressed enough to recommend it to associates who were complaining about 'not enough time' because of a fascinating concept he introduced and called 'Einstein time'. Anyone who recognizes and want to get past the sense of repeated short-circuits in their efforts to get ahead in any area of their lives, would be well served to read this book and apply its principles.

Great Book

This really is a fantastic book that helps us take a look at how we sabotage ourselves due to our unconscious belief that we do not deserve to be happy. The author gives great examples of how to overcome these obstacles. I found the book to be very helpful. I was completely unaware of this author until reading this book. Now, I am recommending it to all of my clients.
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