Book Review: The Big Leap

Brain work is hard work but work worth doing. I sure know I don’t want to live in anxiety or fear or believing I’m not enough or wasn’t meant to have abundance and love and fullness and margin in my life. I want to believe that all things are possible and step into freedom.

And so my friend, if you find yourself in that same spot, in that tug of war between right now and what your hoping will be, I want to encourage you with some things that have been speaking to me right in that tension.

I have been reading The Big Leap and I’ll be honest, the first few chapters I was a little skeptical. I had a hard time believing that our beliefs could either foster more positivity and abundance in our life or sabotage it. I had a hard time taking hold of my mind actually governing my outcomes in things. It sounds like a no brainer right now typing it but as I live and breathe, the process of really shifting ones mental space is not easy or natural.

A simple example he gives is positivity. He talks about how positive people naturally have good things happen to them because they primarily are looking for that in everything they encounter and attract that by their nature. Positive people aren’t positive because only good things happen to them but rather, positivity is a lens in which they view life, so bad or good, they find the silver lining.

Same goes for successful people. Successful people aren’t more successful because of advantages or certain skill sets they have, they are successful because they believe they can be, they believe they are deserving of it, and welcome it into all areas of their life. They don’t stifle or self jeopardize themselves, but instead allow themselves to grow into a higher zone of excellence.

He starts by talking about how we place our own limits on ourselves. That we don’t actually have limitations because of our personality or strengths and weaknesses, but instead we have limitations because thats what we decide in our mind. We don’t allow ourselves and believe that we are deserving of more. He calls it our inner thermostat and then shows examples of how when we pass that level of “comfort” in an area be it love, money, abundance, relationships of feeling like it is more than we deserve or can handle, we self sabotage. We get uncomfortable. It was so eye opening to see it talked out in real life stories he shares and relate to it in my own.

A quote I LOVE early on in the book is “in my life I’ve discovered that if I cling to the notion that something is not possible, I am arguing in favor of that very limitation…however, if in our deepest beliefs, we think something is even remotely possible, we owe it to ourselves to find out how.”

He breaks down some of the main fear based beliefs and how those get fleshed out in life. He then offers questions for self reflection and woah, so good. I am just now getting to the last third of the book that dives into strategy for building a new foundation of thinking and I will be SURE to update you, but I thought I’d offer this little bit I’ve learned so far in case any of you are needing that push to really go for it this year.

Your only limitations are the ones you place on yourself.