Business Book Review: The Big Leap

“I am expanding with love, abundance and success every day, and inspire those around me to do the same”.

Say hello to my new daily, no hourly, mantra.

With over 100,000 copies sold, New York Times bestselling author Gay Hendricks demonstrates how to go beyond your internal limits, release outdated fears and learn a whole new set of powerful skills and habits to liberate your authentic greatness. Fans of Wayne Dyer, Eckhart Tolle, Marianne Williamson, and Gabrielle Bernstein will discover the way to break down the walls to a better life.

I’m not going to lie, the reason I picked up The Big Leap finally (after being recommended it on numerous occasions over the past couple of years) was when my accountant told me one of her clients had had an incredibly profitable year, and put it all down to reading this. I don’t read self-help books very often, if at all, but I was faced with a rainy weekend and a cheap copy from Amazon.

I’m a fast reader, what could I have to lose?!

The moment I started the introduction, I knew that I was in for a long night. Sometimes, business books take work to get into, they don’t resonate with where I’m at right now, or I feel like I need to skip ahead to the bit that is relevant.

But The Big Leap jumps straight in with the hard stuff. Immediately I began to realise that all the worries, sleepless nights and ‘problems’ I’d been experiencing recently were caused by my ‘Upper Limits’ and I was experiencing those upper limit problems as a way of ‘sabotaging’ myself.

Gay Hendricks describes a few ways of upper-limiting yourself:

  1. Worry. If it's not about something real that you can act on immediately, it's just a way to stop yourself from being happy. Drop it and look for the positive thing that's trying to come through.

  2. Criticism. Usually what you're criticizing someone about is not the real issue. If it's not "please stop standing on my foot now," it's just a way to keep from being too happy.

  3. Deflection. Even if you think you sucked, accept the compliment. Add on your "I wish I had done better ____" at the end if you must--AFTER you've let the positivity in.

  4. Arguing. Especially money arguments--almost never about the thing you're arguing about. Fights are about who's the bigger victim.

  5. Illness and injuries. Obviously, some are real, but many are produced by our own minds to punish, protect, or prevent something.

My #1 problem is worry. Worry about clients, worry about doing a good job, money, whether the dog is happy, what car I will drive in March 2019… honestly, the list is endless.

The Big Leap really helped me unpick all this worry in relation to those three aspects of abundance, success and love. Without going all therapist on you and telling you my life story, it’s clear that there were parallells I needed to work on!

So - Is The Big Leap for you?

PROS:

  • Applicable at any stage of business

  • Applicable to all areas of life

  • A relatively ‘easy read’ - its not technical or too long

  • Easily broken down to stages that you can work on one at a time.

  • I really enjoyed the anecdotal aspects that helped contextualise theories.

CONS:

  • It’s very ‘American West-coast coach’ in style. This can get a little annoying!

  • There is a section on ‘time’ towards the back which I found very interesting but also very brief and it felt rushed. This could be a whole book on its own!

  • I wish this book had more ‘activities’ or workbook style questions throughout.

Have you read it - what did you think? Did you notice any effect in your business of life afterwards?

The big Q is… what do I read next?!