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The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level

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In The Big Leap, Gay Hendricks, the New York Times bestselling author of Five Wishes, demonstrates how to eliminate the barriers to success by overcoming false fears and beliefs. Fans of Wayne Dyer, Eckhart Tolle, Marianne Williamson, and The Secret will find useful, effective tips for breaking down the walls to a better life in The Big Leap.
hardcover, 224 pages
Published April 21st 2009 by HarperOne (first published 2009)
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Tiklu Ganguly When we are trying to be successful when we are trying to give our "a" game every day, there are times when we become our worst enemy. Our mind plays …moreWhen we are trying to be successful when we are trying to give our "a" game every day, there are times when we become our worst enemy. Our mind plays against us and stops us to reach out to our very best. This book provides tips and tricks about how to overcome that. So if that is what you are looking for. you should definitely read this book.(less)

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Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Holy fuckety fuck, I wish I'd read this two years ago! Self-sabotage? Success/crash cycle? It's in there! Finally, an explanation! I'm only in chapter 2, but so far it's pure gold. Can't wait to read the rest and solve my shit!


Finished. Loved it. I give this my highest recommendation. Even for people who don't sabotage their own happiness and success, there's a lot of great stuff in here about making the most of your life.

Here's what it means for me:
I upper-limit myself because I believe I'm
Mary Mulliken
Feb 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
This book was annoying. The author is arrogant and, while he has some good ideas, doesn't explain them in enough detail for them to be very helpful. It seemed like this book was written in a couple of days and not edited. As a coach, I feel concerned and turned off by his rather broad definition of "success" -- one that seems entirely money and power based without any consciousness of ethics or morality or social/environmental impact. This kind of climbing seems very dated to me, and therefore, ...more
Moira Eberle

Love the ideas in this book. Thoughtful and thought provoking. I am sometimes hindered by the language though. The metaphors and terminology are a bit too sports, big business or California life coach oriented for me to be able to relate (the "zone of genius" and "keys to liberation" for example). But if you forget those verbal shortcuts the concepts themselves are both simple and powerful.
So in the spirit of "take what works and leave the rest" the lessons in this book can really help you bre
Jul 07, 2015 rated it did not like it
This is a book that has some truth, some helpful suggestions for how to live life. However, they are few and far between. Most of the book is filler, stories of the author's accomplishments, famous people he has helped, or stuff he has acquired. I would not recommend reading this book. ...more
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book was a confusing mix of startling, deep insights about fear of success and self-sabotaging behaviors, sitting side-by-side with pseudoscientific, feel good, "The Secret"-style B.S. - the latter complete with shaming and victim blaming for illnesses and accidents.

Many of the examples used in the book were contrived or exaggerated to the point of silliness. Paraphrased: "I urged him to follow his dreams, and he said, sure, maybe at some point. I never saw him again. Two weeks later, I he
Crystal Starr Light
Bullet Review:

Other than saying a person has a tendency to sabotage when things are going good (the so called Upper Limit Problem), this is a load of quackery, with a huckster using his vast number of prestigious clients - executives, CEOs, and stockbrokers - to prove his miracle cure that will make grown people gasp! The depths of this come with the chapter on Einstein Time, a concept that doesn’t exist and is so badly twisted for this pop schlock, the book deserves -1 million stars solely for
Andrew Padilla
Nov 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When I first began a "sales" career a couple years back, and first experienced the rejection-dense nature of the industry, I thought, naturally, that embarking on a "self-help" reading journey would serve innumerable benefits.

Boy, was I right in all the ways I didn't initially expect. At the time, The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks was one of the first books I read. So much of it stuck with me in a way that many other self-help books didn't. I thought I'd give it another go given the initial impact
Nov 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Mind boggling read!
This book was recommended to me by my coach Judymay when I was facing challenges in where is the next level for me. I know now why she chose it.
The book is an easy read yet it packs a punch if you do the exercises and play full out. The foundation of the book is the fact that we are all born to win, but when we get a feel for winning, we back down and go back to our comfort zone. Hendricks also offers so ideas of how we can operate in our genius zone more often.
On the whole I
Jul 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
While I agree with many reviews here that the tone can be off-putting, I thought this was an excellent set of ideas and discussion points. There's a lot in this book that is directly applicable in my life, and it's a book I think I'll download as well ... just to have an e-copy always as hand for browsing and dipping in and out. I think this is the only time I have found myself wishing I could talk to the author in a one-on-one session.

However, "Einstein Time"? For heaven's sake, just rip the ch
I can't remember what pushed me to place a hold on this book, I must have heard someone talk about it.

To be honest, this got on my bad side from the beginning. It was because of its tone, the wording - very corporate and prosperity gospel sounding. Hendricks does all that corporate consultant spill - which is hard for me to swallow. I told myself off and pushed on, aware of my dislikes and prejudices. Many of us have self-limiting beliefs and are good self-saboteurs. Some of us even fear success
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
So repetitive. The whole concept could be summarized effectively in one paragraph.
Steven Woloszyk - (Wa-LUSH-ick)
Sometimes, you pick up a book and just can't put it down. Something grabs you right away and pulls you along. It's like the author is speaking directly to you. That was the case with this one. There were a number of themes in this book that resonated with me and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

This book is all about understanding limiting beliefs, discovering from where they are derived, and learning how to bust through your self-imposed upper limit to realize your full potential.

We learn about the four
Nati S
This book is about the Upper Limit Problem.

Have you noticed that your moments of serenity are always fleeting? Have you ever had a whole day where you felt peaceful and joyous? Moments of joy seem to always be interrupted by thoughts or feelings which break the feeling of joy.

This reminds me of something I read on How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence:

If you imagine yourself as a snowy mounta
Sascha Schuenemann
Jun 05, 2012 rated it liked it
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Jurgen Dhaese
A short book with an amazing message that could've been a whole lot better if it was twice as short.

The key points in the first half of the book are simply amazing :

We have an artificial limit on our happiness, and once we transcend it, we sabotage ourselves and do what we can to keep us unhappy.

Realizing that upper limit problem is the best way to break through it and enjoy more happiness in our lives.

Yet, the second half of the book is very flimsy, doesn't add much, and could've been cut.

Was t
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
It has some good ideas to think about including some reasons about why people self-sabotage. I found a lot of the author's names for his ideas to be a bit grating - like the "Zone of Genius." I'm also sceptical of anyone who uses any variant of 'synergy' without irony.
What really irritated me was that a great deal of the writing makes me feel like I'm reading an infomercial for the author's methods. Instead of being straight and getting to the point, he spends a lot of time talking about how his
Lori Anderson
Sep 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
A friend gave me this book as a gift because she knows I am stuck in a creative and business rut (which for me is one and the same thing) and was certain it would help me.

Now, I am not the self-help book sort. I'll be completely up front about that. But I admire and love this friend, so I read it in one sitting.

Essentially, the book helps you learn how to jump from mediocrity to excellence. To do that, you have to learn to conquer the fear that's holding you back -- and Hendricks' opinion is eve
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: from-library, 2015
I don't read many self-help books, but my boss recommended this one, so I gave it a try. While I found some of the concepts interesting, in the end I can't say that I was persuaded by the author. All of his points are made through either examples from his own life, or anecdotes about people he knows. There is not a single footnote or source for any of his assertions. Given that the entire thesis of his book is that people engage in constant self-sabotage that prevents them from achieving more su ...more
Zach Freeman
Sep 01, 2015 rated it liked it
While parts of this book are definitely pseudo-psychological nonsense (since Hendricks asserts that your mind controls your body he describes a situation where a colleague subconsciously gave himself laryngitis in order to avoid giving a presentation... but when Hendricks got to the root of the issue, the man's laryngitis DISAPPEARED!), there is a lot to like here and really it's all very straightforward self help guidelines like focus on what you're good at, don't sabotage yourself and take con ...more
Keith Ledig
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
A life coach I work with recommended this book to me and it was a great recommendation. The book describes "the upper limit problem" where we fail to meet our goals or self sabotage ourselves through missing a goal or failing completely in another part of our we can't believe that we be successful in careers, fitness, love life etc at the same time. We can!

The book is helpful is categorizing the barriers that our brains tend to box us in or limit us in and how we can break through - w
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Updated 18.8.2020: Where are Gary Keller in "The One Thing" book advocates to find one thing which makes everything else easier or unnecessary, Gay Hendricks in this The Big Leap book suggests that the one problem you need to solve is your "upper limit problem."

6/5 it's awesome book, which I reread it regularly and hope you will do the same ;)

Original Review:
The Big Leap is a book of action and calls for decisions about becoming genius that you are capable of. Gay Hendricks knows through his per
Lily Haven
Jan 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
I would call this a wonderful starter book. The ideas are similar to things I have read in other books, just different wording, so I wouldn't call it particularly revolutionary, but if you are interested in this type of book and something like Jack Canfield's "The Success Principles" looks daunting because of the size, then "The Big Leap" is a great place to start. It is easy to read, it presents the ideas in a simple format and at about 200 pages not intimidating in length.

Four out of five star
Nov 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
Short book - first half more effective than the second. Overall - LOVE the message, and provides a helpful framework for understanding how we limit ourselves (and how to move past our own Upper Limit Problems).
Feb 23, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: book-bingo-2015
While there might be a few takeaways for me in this book, I'm certain I am not the target audience. Or if I am, Dr. Hendricks is hopelessly out of touch with non-millionare/billionaire people with family/similar responsibilities. But I think it's probably the former. ...more
Jun 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: new-age
Very useful. It asks the question: "How good can you let life be without effing it up?" ...more
Michael Huang
The hypothesis is that some people resist happiness because they are afraid of achieving their full potential. This book is for them.
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Folk in the corporate world. Or for those who find they self-sabotage their own success.
In a way, this book had a tough act to follow considering I had read two fantastic audio book reads for entrepreneurs before it that really impacted me...and changed my approach to goal-setting and implementing new habits: (The Compound Effect & The One Thing).

Mainly, I had a really hard time connecting with the author because the kind of success he seems to value most (wealth and power) is very different from mine. Most of the stories and examples he gave were from the corporate world without a
Jan 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
I now understand why I heard so many people list this as a must-read. It's probably one of the most important books I've ever read, but I can't quite bring myself to give five stars because it's neither amazingly written nor are the instructions as clear as many other self-help type books.

It's incredibly important for me at this time because I agree with the author that the Upper Limit Problem is probably one of the key issues for individuals and humanity. Basically, when things are too good, ou
Cris Powell
I usually avoid pop psychology books because they tend to state the obvious numerous times, and offer chirpy, facile solutions to complex conundrums.

Then one of my particularly gifted psychotherapy patients kept raving about this book and discussing its themes as they apply to the fulfillment of her life.

The author's recipe for transforming fear into excitement is kind of intriguing. I like that he understands the importance of working with the body and the breath, and boldly confronts the inter
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Dr. Gay Hendricks has served for more than 30 years as one of the major contributors to the fields of relationship transformation and body-mind therapies. Along with his wife, Dr. Kathlyn Hendricks, Gay is the author of many bestsellers, including Conscious Loving, At the Speed of Life, and Five Wishes.

Gay received his PhD in counseling psychology from Stanford University in 1974. After a 21-year

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“Each of us has an inner thermostat setting that determines how much love, success, and creativity we allow ourselves to enjoy. When we exceed our inner thermostat setting, we will often do something to sabotage ourselves, causing us to drop back into the old, familiar zone where we feel secure. Unfortunately,” 12 likes
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