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

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Most of us believe that we will finally feel satisfied and content with our lives when we get the good news we have been waiting for, find a healthy relationship, or achieve one of our personal goals. However, this rarely happens. Good fortune is often followed by negative emotions that overtake us and result in destructive behaviors. "I don't deserve this," "this is too good to be true," or any number of harmful thought patterns prevent us from experiencing the joy and satisfaction we have earned. Sound ...

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Overview

Most of us believe that we will finally feel satisfied and content with our lives when we get the good news we have been waiting for, find a healthy relationship, or achieve one of our personal goals. However, this rarely happens. Good fortune is often followed by negative emotions that overtake us and result in destructive behaviors. "I don't deserve this," "this is too good to be true," or any number of harmful thought patterns prevent us from experiencing the joy and satisfaction we have earned. Sound familiar? This is what New York Times bestselling author Gay Hendricks calls the Upper Limit Problem, a negative emotional reaction that occurs when anything positive enters our lives. The Upper Limit Problem not only prevents happiness, but it actually stops us from achieving our goals. It is the ultimate life roadblock.

In The Big Leap, Hendricks reveals a simple yet comprehensive program for overcoming this barrier to happiness and fulfillment, presented in a way that engages both the mind and heart. Working closely with more than one thousand extraordinary achievers in business and the arts — from rock stars to Fortune 500 executives — whose stories are featured in these pages, the book describes the four hidden fears that are at the root of the Upper Limit Problem.

The Big Leap delivers a proven method for first identifying which of these four fears prevents us from reaching our personal upper limit, and then breaking through that limitation to achieve what Hendricks refers to as our Zone of Genius. Hendricks provides 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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Editorial Reviews

Mark Victor Hansen
“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.”
Mariel Hemingway
“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.”
Geneen Roth
“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. “
OfSpirit.com
“Hendricks provides a clear path for achieving our true potential and attaining not only financial success but also success in love and life.”
Elevated Existence
“Hendricks has the answers.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061896484
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/28/2009
  • Format: MP3
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 607,894
  • Ships to U.S.and APO/FPO addresses only.

Meet the Author

Dr. Gay Hendricks has served for more than 30 years as one of the major contributors to the fields of relationship transformation and body-mind therapies. Along with his wife, Dr. Kathlyn Hendricks, Gay is the author of many bestsellers, including Conscious Loving, At the Speed of Life, and Five Wishes.

Gay received his PhD in counseling psychology from Stanford University in 1974. After a 21-year career as a professor at the University of Colorado, he founded The Hendricks Institute, which offers seminars in North America, Asia, and Europe. He is also the founder of a new virtual learning center for transformation, Gaia Illumination University.

Throughout his career, Gay has done executive coaching with more than 800 executives, including the top management at such firms as Dell Computer, Hewlett Packard, Motorola, and KLM. His book, The Corporate Mystic, is used widely to train management in combining business skills and personal development tools.

In recent years he has also been active in creating new forms of conscious entertainment. In 2003, along with movie producer Stephen Simon, Gay founded the Spiritual Cinema Circle, which distributes inspirational movies to subscribers in more than 70 countries around the world. He was the executive producer of the feature film Conversations with God, and he has appeared on more than 500 radio and television shows, including Oprah, CNN, CNBC, 48 Hours, and others.

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  • Posted March 25, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Leaping Beyond Your Limits

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2009

    Couldn't End Fast Enough

    Common Sense, Story Based. I thought this book would be a useful tool of how to get out of a rut, but instead found it was more of a biography of Gay's experience's in life. Very Disappointing!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 26, 2009

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    Are you living in your zone of genius

    This book comments on all the excuses we use to avoid living in our zone of genius. It illustrates how much better life will be when we utilize our talents and strengths to create a great life and contribute to our community. I read it after rereading Now Discover Your Strengths by Buckingham and Clifton for a class I was teaching and it dovetailed perfectly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2009

    The Big Leap

    This is an outstanding book that illustrates how your own limiting beliefs hold you back from great achievements.

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  • Posted April 22, 2009

    Wonderful Book!

    This book has deeply impacted my life. While reading it, I had so many "aha!" moments, where things just started to make sense. I'm discovering my Zone of Genius and saying goodbye to my upper limits. Thank you Gay Hendricks! I highly recommend this book.

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  • Posted April 21, 2009

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    Great Book!

    I just read this book and it is amazing! This is the first "self help" book I have read and I found Dr. Hendricks writing style to be easy to read and the text really flowed. I have always had that thought in the back of my mind that there was something missing. This book has shown me very clearly and practically what the one problem in my life really is and how to solve it.

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  • Posted April 21, 2009

    Eye opening book

    The Big Leap was a very informative book that was easy to follow and enjoyable to read. Once I started reading I couldn't put it down. The Big Leap showed me what upper limiting was and led me easily to examples in my own life where I was doing this form of sabotage. I am happy to say that thanks to Gay Hendricks, I recognize this pattern now. The Big Leap guided me through the discovery of my own zone of genius. A trully wonderful gift to the world.

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