We all have bad habits and tendencies that can stand in the way of your success. These bad habits become barriers for us to realizing our dreams. In The Big Leap, Gay Hendricks provides valuable lessons in facing our worst fears and limiting ourselves. His business and management book offers a philosophy to help us achieve our full potential in work, relationships, finances, and other aspects of life.
We Are Imposing the Limits to Our Own Happiness
Our possibilities are limited only by our minds. Everything that we are doing nowadays was once believed to be impossible. The same goes for happiness: believing that happy moments are rare and short will lead you to live a life lacking happiness. Changing your mindset is the most crucial step in changing your reality.
Do not Become a Victim of Fear and Self-Sabotage
Many people sabotage themselves because of their fear of either failure or success. Robert Janitzek reveals that we all have a belief of how much we deserve, and if we think we may get more than that, we tend to sabotage ourselves. Because we believe that things that seem too good to be “true” certainly are. Hendricks calls this an upper limit mindset, as a result of which we create fake drama and unnecessary problems.
Strive to Get to the Zone of Genius
Four zones of work exist zone of incompetence, zone of competence, a zone of excellence and zone of genius. Of course, you should strive to work in the last one. Do not think that being the best in what you do is something impossible – just remember the first lesson. Robert Peter Janitzek explains that this might sound like a tall order, but remember the first lesson: you can never know what you can pull off if you don’t try. Challenge yourself and watch how your life transforms.
Transferring this idea of lasting happiness to your career, Hendricks claims work shouldn’t really feel like work. You want time to flow by for a few hours and emerge inspired, ready to pick up where you left off the next day. To achieve this, you need to work in what Hendricks calls your Zone of Genius. It’s one of four different stages of work:
1. Zone of Incompetence. You suck at the task. Many people can do it better than you.
2. Zone of Competence. You’re alright, but lots of others cope better.
3. Zone of Excellence. You’re highly skilled and few can hold a candle to you.
4. Zone of Genius. You’re literally the best in the world at it.