Happy National Book Lovers Day

Do you want unimaginable success? How about a life that continues to grow happier and more fulfilling? Not only is this life possible, but there is just one book you need to help you make it happen. It sounds unrealistic, right? One book that has all the secrets to life, in 196 pages nonetheless. But it’s true. If you need help getting from incompetence to competence, and from excellence and to genius, check out “The Big Leap” by Gay Hendricks.

Today is National Book Lovers Day, and there is no better way to celebrate than to take a look at the book that could not only change your business but transform your life.

There are two major takeaways from “The Big Leap” that can help you find the success you’ve always dreamed of.

Takeaway #1 – Upper Limit Problem 

In the simplest of terms, the Upper Limit Problem (ULP) is the subconscious mind’s inability to accept new levels of happiness, fulfillment, success and love.

According to Hendricks we subconsciously limit the amount of happiness we allow into our lives. So if we get a big promotion at work, our subconscious says, “Wait a second, you’re not used to being this happy. Let’s bring it back down a notch” This act of “bringing it down” can show up in many ways, such as going home and starting a stupid fight with your significant other about the dishes. The fight isn’t about the dishes, it’s about your subconscious wanting to go back to a state of symmetry.

Hendricks describes the many ways ULPs present themselves in our lives, why our subconscious mind might create them, and what you can do to overcome them.

His biggest tip: Allow yourself to be open to new feelings of joy and success. When problems arise out of nowhere, ask yourself: “Did I just receive some significant shift in success or happiness?” If so, you might be experiencing an ULP. Becoming aware of the ULP gives you the power to overcome it by saying what Hendricks calls the ultimate success mantra:

I expand in abundance, success and love every day,

as I inspire those around me to do the same.

Takeaway #2 – Einstein Time

At its core, Einstein Time means rather than trying to master time management, you realize that you are the creator of time.

But how is this possible, and how do we do it?

Hendricks explains that it is much like spending time with a loved one versus sitting on a fire. When you are doing something you find uncomfortable, the seconds feel like minutes. But if you are spending your time doing something you enjoy, hours can fly by without you even noticing.

Hendricks contrasts Einstein Time with Newtonian Time. The Newtonian Time Paradigm says time is a scarce resource, so we feel like we are in a constant state of “running out of time” to do what we need to do. Einstein Time, on the other hand, focuses on “discovering how to liberate the energy you need for accomplishing your most precious activities.” Einstein Time leaves you feeling refreshed and invigorated, while Newtonian Time makes you feel drained and uninspired.

The result, says Hendricks: By making the time for the activities in what he calls our Zone of Genius, our minds are free to be creative — and we become twice as productive in half the amount of time.

Reading “The Big Leap” can help us change how we feel about happiness and give us a way to reset our relationship with time. And those are only two of the lessons in this excellent book. Happy National Book Lovers Day!

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