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Only you can take charge of your mindset… Guest Review of The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks

The Big Leap provides us with valuable insight on how we can overcome the fears and habits that stand in our way of happiness and success. If you’re into personal development books, this one’s a winner.

It aims to change our overall perspective, so we can embrace a concept that’ll help us achieve our full potential in work, finance, relationships, and all other spheres of life.

We’re introduced to how, often, we self-sabotage our own dreams, and we’re advised on practical ways of avoiding these incumbering mistakes.

The book outlines a philosophy of life aimed at taking full advantage of our potential. It introduces lessons that can be followed, a few of which stood out to me:

1. We don’t believe we deserve to be happy all the time, so we limit our levels of joy for no reason.

2. Fear and self-sabotage are two common upper-limits we can break through with the right attitudes and practices. A famous quote by Marianne Williamson mentions our worst fear is not that of failure, but “that we are powerful beyond measure.”
Think about it… If you knew and accepted you have all you need to live up to your potential, it leaves you with no excuse not to.

3. When it comes to work – there are four zones, but it’s best to focus on only one of them. These are the four zones described:

  • Zone of Incompetence.
  • Zone of Competence.
  • Zone of Excellence.
  • Zone of Genius.

Shifting the concept of lasting happiness to our careers, Hendricks explains how work should never feel like work.

When time flows by for a few hours, we should come-out inspired; ready to pick right up where we left off the next day. To achieve that feeling, we need to work in what Hendricks calls our Zone of Genius.

I agree, it’s easier said than done, but remember the second lesson: you will never know what you can achieve if you don’t try. Make a conscious decision to change. No one can do it for you, it’s up to you to take that first step.

So, what are you waiting for? If you don’t choose yourself, who will? Take a leap. Start focusing on positivity and spend your time and energy in your zone of genius. You’re capable of far more than you think.

Writing in the Fast Lane thanks Rachel Barber for writing and sharing her review of The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks. If you’re on Instagram, be sure to give her account, @workingtheglobe a follow.

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s review of Nineteen Eighty-Four – A dystopian novel published in 1949, offering political satirist George Orwell’s nightmare vision of a totalitarian, bureaucratic world and one poor stiff’s attempt to find individuality.

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