One of my favorite books about self-growth, that I always go back to, is Gay Hendricks' ‘The Big Leap’.
In this book he writes about our inner upper limits, those inner glass ceilings, that hold us back from reaching our Zone of Genius.
When we are operating in our Zone of Genius, we are shining and passionately doing what we absolutely love, and we are using our unique gifts and natural talents.
We all have special attributes that no one else has, but most people have no idea what they might be — and they believe they don’t have what they need within to fulfil their desires and passions.
The foundation of happiness, success, and the basis of all the good in our lives is to do what you really want and need to do.
When you operate in YOUR zone of genius, you use your real potential
Usually you get into a flow mode when you are operating in your genius. Time doesn’t matter, you absolutely feel free and operate in a high, intensive energy mode.
The other three areas are called the Zone of Incompetence (things that are not your cup of tea but you still do them, even though you hate it), the Zone of Competence (things you can do and be good at but it’s not that exciting - if feels like something’s missing) and the Zone of Excellence (you are successful and have done the work to create it all but in the long run, you feel bored and like you are living on autopilot).
Wherever you are now, when you want to elevate to another level and make some changes — maybe a new career step; starting a new relationship; speaking on stage; writing a book; or making any of your long-term desires come true, or really anything that requires you to get over yourself — you have to be aware of inner resistance, which Gay calls an Upper Limit Problem.
Upper limits are your inner glass ceilings
Upper limit problems occur when we are making changes and expanding towards the new. They are the self-limiting stories, subconscious beliefs, and repeating patterns that — when triggered — quickly sabotage us from elevating our lives to the next level.
In his book, Gay calls these ULPs’ an inner thermometer. When the heat rises the thermometer blows.
I see them as and call them inner glass ceilings. These are invisible, unconscious mental and emotional limitations that can block your way to happiness and success — if you are not aware of them.
You can see through the glass to where you want to go, and to what you want, and you know you have what it takes.
But when the big moment of taking a step towards the goal arrives, somehow you just fail or something weird happens that prevents you from proceeding.
You suddenly get sick, there are problems with other people or another circumstance arises that stops you from moving forward. It can feel like higher powers are conspiring against you.
And that can make you think "It was not for me", "I can't do this", "It's too difficult" or "This always happens to me." and you want to give up all too soon. You see it as a sign that it’s not working.
But then is not the time to give up. Instead it’s time to understand and to learn why you got scared!
It’s time to turn inwards, to look back and connect with yourself internally and to see what is really going on with you: create clarity so that you can change it.
This is how subconscious patterns protect and keep you safe from failure or greater success. The reason why this happens is all based on your previous experiences and old, learned patterning.
The mind thinks there is “danger” in what you are aiming to do and subconsciously you believe it could cause similar pain, and bring up the old hurts you experienced in your past. It doesn’t necessarily have to be exactly the similar experience, it’s enough that it is triggering the same emotions.
Your mind’s job is to keep you safe and it does it in every way it can, even with self-sabotage and making you sick - if you are not aware of it.
Our mind doesn't like change, and earlier harmful experiences have created a safety zone that we would rather stay in, than take a risk and try to do it again.
Relationships are a great example. So many people want to find real love and have a balanced relationship but they can’t throw themselves into them - something always happens, things tend to end in the same way. Commitments are always risky but the rewards are great, right? And a good relationship with others and with ourselves requires constant care, growth, awareness, and communication.
How to release upper limits
Look closer and deeper at the situation and within: there’s something you haven’t recognized.
Recover and take time to heal it, we all do our best: self-compassion and acceptance is needed.
Work to release your inner fears and limiting beliefs: they will keep coming back until you change them.
Don’t take no for an answer: find another way.
Time is irrelevant, don’t mind about delays; you can always try again.
Believe there’s a better time and a better way to get there: focus on the now and create possibilities from the inside out.
With love and gratitude,
P.S. Often the problems occur when we simply don’t have clarity on what the next steps are or if we are miss the big picture of what we want from life. To help you create clarity around your real desires, you can download my Connect with your future self meditation
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