Need an inspired read? Get “The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear & Take Life To The Next Level” by Gay Hendricks. It will strike a chord and break past some self-inflicted barriers that everyone subconsciously erect in their life that keep all of us from propelling forward.
The insightful hypothesis of the book is that in our lives, we have a limit for how much joy, love and success we allow ourselves to feel and accept – a limit that is shaped early on in our development. When things happen in our life, when we hit the ceiling of our limits, we subconsciously self-sabotage ourselves, make bad decisions, start thinking negative thoughts – anything to lower ourselves back down to the level of happiness and success that we are most comfortable being in.
There are 4 barriers Hendricks talks about that get in our way. Some of us have more than one:
- Feeling Fundamentally Flawed – The feeling that you are somehow flawed which will ultimately lead to failure, and if you do succeed then it won’t be good enough.
- Disloyalty and Abandonment – That if you succeed in an area of your life that you’ll be abandoning your roots and leaving people behind. You feel guilty when you succeed.
- Believing that More Success Brings a Bigger Burden – You can’t expand to your highest potential because then you’d be a bigger burden to people than you are now.
- The Crime of Outshining – You will make someone feel or look bad if you shine. You turn down the volume on your genius or you allow yourself to shine but don’t allow yourself to enjoy it.
If you are someone who enjoys psychology and is comfortable looking at yourself and examining your inner life, this book will be an absolute gem.