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The Big Leap | [Gay Hendricks]

The Big Leap

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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 best-selling 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 1,000 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.

©2009 Gay Hendricks; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Monica Raven Canberra, Australia 08-20-09
    Monica Raven Canberra, Australia 08-20-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Inspiring, useful, a little preachy but VERY good"

    Thought-provoking, inspiring, a little preachy but otherwise VERY good...

    I agree with other reviews that this book starts off feeling a little anthonyrobbinesque (yes I did just make that word up haha) - but I was intrigued to see where it went, and how it developed.
    I found it extremely useful more as a springboard for exploring my own situation and my own limits. I am somewhat skeptical by nature, and so took the book as I do any self-help resource - with a good grain of salt and an open mind.
    I would say that anyone expecting a manual for success will probably be somewhat disappointed - but anyone with the courage to look inside themselves and honestly ask what holds them back from happiness and success will find the book inspiring and thought provoking.
    No book holds "the answers" in itself, but I think this book could help people to begin really *looking* for the answers.
    I'm listening to this for the 2nd time, and am buying a copy for a friend. I think that speaks as loud as any long-winded review, hm? ;)

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    kimberly claremont, CA, United States 04-30-09
    kimberly claremont, CA, United States 04-30-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Chock full of important concepts"

    The Big Leap is full of wisdom and practical, applicable steps. I appreciate the depth of this book-it reflects a profound knowledge in psychology, relationship, spirituality and human potential. This is the real deal. I have at least 3 big new concepts from this book that I'm certain will be pivotal to my life. Thank you, Gay Hendricks.
    The audio is read by the author, but don't be wary potential buyers. I often am disappointed with author-read material because they often don't have the "polish" of the professional readers. But Gay Hendricks' reading is an easy listen. The audio has the feeling of a caring friend/coach/ therapist imparting material they truly care about. Really, I can't say enough about this book. Get it.

    27 of 31 people found this review helpful
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    david Winston Salem, NC, United States 03-03-12
    david Winston Salem, NC, United States 03-03-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Breaking Your Personal Glass Ceiling"

    This book is really eye opening. Does this sound like you – You have success and things are going very well. Then something goes wrong and you end up back where you were. Has that happened in your career, with your finances or your relationships? If you said yes, The Big Leap is for you. It is about how to recognize your upper limit behavior and break through you self imposed glass ceiling.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lea Gladewater, TX, United States 06-17-11
    Lea Gladewater, TX, United States 06-17-11 Member Since 2009

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    "On my third listen"

    It might take me years to implement all the wisdom in this book, but thanks to this book, I will take a lighthearted, 'hmm' approach to the learning. I was so ready for this. Between Don Miguel Luiz, Gary Zukav, Chopra, Byron Katie and now Hendricks...life is amazing and ever more amazing all the time.

    Inspirational, uplifting, transformative... how can I add stars?

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    JasonHewlett 08-25-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Change Your LIFE!"

    This was one of those life-changing reads that forever will alter my path. I have already shared it's concepts with every person I've interacted with. I listened in one sitting, and then listened a total of 3 times in less than a week, as I traveled the country, reconsidering all I have done with my time, my life, and implementing The Upper Limit, Einstein Time, Zones of Excellence and Genius, etc. Books like "Think & Grow Rich", "As A Man Thinketh", and others come along ever so often, but "The BIG Leap" has just become my favorite book and will improve my quality of life unlike any book I've read, besides the scriptures, in over a decade. Many thanks to Gay Hendricks for his guidance, I am buying everything else he's ever written because of this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Saud 07-12-09
    Saud 07-12-09

    Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.

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    "Okay, but it's still lacking"

    The beginning is powerful, but then the book turns dull and inconsistent. It tries to be inclusive to many things, but lost my attention -and my interest- in the process.

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    "Phenomenal book packed with life changing stuff"
    Where does The Big Leap rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is currently one of my favorite "self-help" books, and I've read a lot of them.


    What did you learn from The Big Leap that you would use in your daily life?

    The author's concepts about how we are holding ourselves back from a genuinely happy and fulfilling life are spot on. I've put several of his ideas into practice in my life and they are having a profound difference. I can genuinely say that I am significantly, and more importantly consistently, happier today than I was a couple months ago when I first read the book.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MiniMacMarla Corbett, OR USA 08-05-12
    MiniMacMarla Corbett, OR USA 08-05-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Intriguing"
    What made the experience of listening to The Big Leap the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the notions presented, the positive outlook, and the authors committment.


    If you’ve listened to books by Gay Hendricks before, how does this one compare?

    This is my first listen


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    One man's view of the world


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not sold on the author's theories. He leaves a lot of room between here's a notion and here's how it plays out in the real world. It feels like there's a lot he's not saying. That's not to say that there aren't things to be gained from the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Glenn Raleigh, NC, USA 05-28-09
    Glenn Raleigh, NC, USA 05-28-09 Member Since 2001
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    "Poor beginning but gains some steam by the end"

    Honestly, do we need to hear about how executives and CEOs are feeling ever again? Zone Of Genius? Zone Of Excellence? How about the "zone of be happy you still have a job"? This book needs to be more grounded to regular people. It does give some methods to improve attitude in the second half of the book.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Alex Flores 10-10-14
    Alex Flores 10-10-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Exactly the Kind of Book I Was Looking For!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Big Leap the most enjoyable?

    The main tenants of the book really challenged me to think about my life and relationship to it entirely differently


    What did you like best about this story?

    Defining the Upper Limit and its Common Barriers


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Overall the whole thing hit me deep in my soul. Each chapter building upon the last made the entire experience quite moving.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book if you notice common patterns of self-destructive behavior and thoughts seemingly arise from out of thin air whenever you try to put yourself out there and do something worthwhile in life.

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  • Sarah
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    "The Big Leap - let it change the way you think!"

    The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks is by far the best personal development book I've ever read (or even better, listened to!).
    Gay makes everything very clear, and gives easy steps to take in order to improve your mindset, which in turns allows you to make positive changes.
    The audiobook format is excellent, as it's so easy to focus on what's being said when you're listening, rather than being distracted whilst reading. I'm listening to it for the second time already!
    I've recommended this to a dozen of my friends.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dawn
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    4/16/11
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    "Insights into why we undershoot our potential"

    I read this in paperback last year and really enjoyed it, yet as with many personal development products/services, I felt I needed more to get the key learning points really down pat. This recording just does that for me.
    If you haven't read the book, this audio version can definitely stand alone and is a really good listen.
    Great that the author is doing the reading, and he does it very well, with humour, gentleness and wisdom, in a style that's easy to listen to. Gay provides really practical insights into why so many of us undershoot our potential, often unwittingly, and have hidden 'upper limits' that we don't even realise are holding us back.
    For me it reprised some real 'aha' moments, and reminded me of important things I'd forgotten once the book was back on the shelf. That's one of the reasons I like audiobooks: somehow it's easier to listen to them over and over and dip back in when I feel the need.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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