The better we can be as an individual, the happier, the more successful – the more we are able to help those around us, our communities, and the world.
Our personal evolution makes our own world and the one around us a better place.
I just read ‘The Big Leap’ by Gay Hendricks and I consider this one of the books that clearly shows us how to evolve.
I highly recommend you pick up this not so big, and easy to read book. (And, a great holiday gift!!)
Hendricks has two basis premises: the ULP and the Zone of Genius.
Hendricks says that when we have reached a personal limit of feeling good, we activate our Upper Limit Problem (ULP), which automatically replaces our good feeling with bad and keeps us in emotional status quo.
Even though we say we want to feel good, we ascribe to faulty beliefs or ideas about ourselves and the world, which activates the ULP and limits the level of happiness we then feel.
Hmmm- sounds weird right? Who would want to limit happiness?
But consider the last time you were skipping around your world happy as a clam. Did you have some type of thought of worry, or did your mind go to paying bills, or solving a seemingly unsolvable problem? Likely it did. We each have our own level of happiness that we simply can’t seem to bust through.
It’s kind of like sticking your tongue on that sore tooth to feel the pain, when it’s been feeling pretty good lately.
The Zone of Genius is Hendrick’s term for that particular skill, or quality that we have which brings us joy, and goodness to others. He says that most of us do not occupy our Zone of Genius. Instead we hang out mostly in our Zone of Excellence, or (sigh) our Zone of Competence.
Discovering our Zone of Genius is what Hendrick’s says is our Big Leap. When we are in this Zone we are energized, time is irrelevant, we offer our goodness to others, and life is joyful.
So, why would we not want to stay there all the time? Because of our ULP. That irritating homeostatic mechanism keeps us from venturing too far from the rut of competence or excellence that we have created.
Hendricks has several exercises to discover both your Zone of Genius and those pesky beliefs that are creating your ULP.
In addition to helping you get into your Zone of Genius and discovering and removing your ULP, Hendrick’s also explains your relationship with time. He calls it Einstein time and honestly it is one of the most simple, yet powerful explanations of why we feel rushed or bored to tears.
One of the reasons that I highly recommend this book is that it focuses on your personal responsibility for your own life. I think that one of the biggest challenges of our world (from a personal and global perspective) is that most people are pointing the finger of blame at someone else.
The finger of blame causes way more problems than it solves. The best idea is for you to turn that finger around to yourself and figure out how to make yourself feel better (even if that other person is not being nice).
Have you read ‘The Big Leap’? If so let us know what your thoughts are.
If you haven’t, give it a whirl. Wouldn’t you want to break through your own glass ceiling and live in your Zone of Genius?