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How to identify and fix the ‘Upper Limit Problem’ – Gay Hendricks | Hendricks Institute

Could you be sabotaging your own success? On today’s episode of CBT Now, we’re exploring the “Upper Limit Problem,” a common problem many of us experience in business with allowing ourselves to enjoy our wins without boundaries. Joining us is Gay Hendricks, the founder of the Hendricks Institute, to discuss his new book, “The Big Leap,” which explores this problem and how to overcome it.

Hendricks asserts that the Upper Limit Problem is the human tendency to bump up against limits in an attempt to grow. In other words, the subconscious self-sabotage that happens when we taste something great. Be it a promotion, financial windfall, a great relationship, or any other means of success. Furthermore, Hendricks notes his work at the institution is geared toward helping people spot when they’re “Upper-Limiting” and how to navigate through it.

Key Takeaways: 

1. Take a moment to evaluate if you attribute to the Upper Limit issue by learning how to spot it: Eliminate worrisome, unproductive thoughts that you can’t change. 

2. You get power back when you shift your focus to valuable thoughts instead.

3. Release your need to be right. It will direct conversations away from solutions and add to your upper-limit problem. 

4. Fear is characterized as a trigger from childhood trauma that will hold you back and ensure artificial shyness.  

5. Life is about constantly being open and receptive to receiving positive energy. It keeps your attention on everything inside, where everything starts; the shine you already have.

“The secret to happiness is knowing there are some things you can control and some things you cannot control.” - Epictetus.

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Jaelyn Campbell
Jaelyn Campbell
Jaelyn Campbell is a staff writer/reporter for CBT News. She is a recent honors cum laude graduate with a BFA in Mass Media from Valdosta State University. Jaelyn is an enthusiastic creator with more than four years of experience in corporate communications, editing, broadcasting, and writing. Her articles in The Spectator, her hometown newspaper, changed how people perceive virtual reality. She connects her readers to the facts while providing them a voice to understand the challenges of being an entrepreneur in the digital world.

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