Today’s post is about a fantastic book, written by Gay Hendricks, called “The Big Leap.” It starts out asking “why do we focus on the negative, bad things in our lives?” and “why do we not allow ourselves to enjoy the good?” These are things most humans do because they’re not aware they’re doing it! You get to a certain level of feeling good, or financial abundance, and then sabotage yourself and knock yourself back down to where you were before.
An Upper Limit Problem
Gay Hendricks calls this an “upper limit problem.” For example, you attain your big financial goal and then you start having issues in your relationship with your spouse. Or you finally find the love of your life and then you develop chronic hives. The book walks you through how to spot when and how this problem comes up in your life, because the first step in overcoming this tendency is to recognize it.
The reasons for this problem are rooted in messages picked up in early childhood. These messages become beliefs and then become “hidden barriers.” You’ll find what’s causing your blocks in one or more of these four barriers.
- Fear of outshining
- Fear of disloyalty and abandonment
- Feeling fundamentally flawed
- Believing more success brings a bigger burden.
You’ll find complete descriptions and examples of these blocks in the book as well as the steps to identifying your barriers and how to leap past them. Then you can turn the exact same circumstances that might have tripped you up into a growth opportunity.
Get In The Zone
Next the author presents the four main zones of operation.
- Zone of Incompetence: Here is where you are bogged down doing tasks at which you are not good and don’t enjoy. Other people can do these things much better. Maybe this is bookkeeping, administrative tasks or copywriting. The solution is to not do them yourself and give them to someone who would love doing them.
- Zone of Competence: You are perfectly competent at doing these activities, however, others can do them equally well. Again, you’d do best to delegate them to someone else and free up your time to focus on the things that make you unique. Sadly, most people spend the majority of their time in this zone.
- Zone of Excellence: Here’s where you are happy and able to complete activities extremely well and make a great living, BUT, you are capable of much more. You’re hanging out here because it’s easy and comfortable. If you want to thrive and live in true joy, you must take the big leap into the next zone.
- Zone of Genius: This is the zone where you really focus on doing things that you are uniquely suited to do. They’re usually things that you LOVE doing and could do all day long, even if you weren’t getting paid, just because you really love to do them. And that’s the trick of life, to find those things that have THAT quality.
Now you don’t need to drop everything and quit what you’re doing right now to figure out what your Zone of Genius is. According to Hendricks, you need only spend 10 minutes a day to begin to map out how you can do more and more things you love and be well paid for doing them. In the book, you’ll find several questions that will help you really home in on what your Zone of Genius is. Then the only question left to answer will be – do you have the courage to take the leap?