10 Powerful Lessons: From “The Big Leap”

  1. “Life is at its best when love, money, and creativity are growing in harmony.” If you have a stinky relationship with money, it’s time to examine it. Money is energy. It’s all about your perspective. If you’re participating in the economy and not a recluse living off the grid, money is a vital part of life. You can choose to have a positive relationship with this energy or a negative one. Also, if you’re a good person, you need to have more money. More genuinely good people need more money; they do good things in the world with it!


  1. We all have a limitation on how good we allow ourselves to feel. When we approach that limit, we tend to self-sabotage in some way to send ourselves back down to a place where we feel more comfortable. We do something that “stops our positive forward trajectory,” like causing a fight with our spouse or coworker or acting irresponsibly with our money. Think back to the last time you were really feeling alive and in the flow. What drama did you create either in your own mind or in your life because you felt uncomfortable with feeling really good for an extended period of time? It happens. We all do it. Focus on catching yourself when it happens.


  1. Fear and excitement are basically the same energy. Fear is contracting & holding your breath; excitement is expanding & “breathing fully with it.” The next time you feel fear swirling around, tell yourself you’re really excited while you deepen your breath. It’s a choice.


  1. “Behind every communication problem is a sweaty ten-minute conversation you don’t want to have.” Have the conversation. Write it down first if that’s helpful, but do the uncomfortable thing. You’ll be glad you did.


  1. “When I maintain an attitude of cheerful wonder and keen interest toward my faults and flaws, I see them dissolve and transform much more rapidly than when I give myself a hard time about them.” Meditation has helped me so much with this! It’s a great practice to learn how to observe without reacting. One of the greatest lessons I’ve learned in my meditation practice over the years is to not be so hard on myself. It’s quite a relief. Try it! (I wrote a post about meditation here.)


  1. Here are some questions to help you figure out & operate in your Zone of Genius (to learn more about “Zone of Genius,” get yourself a copy of this book!)::
  • “What do I most love to do? (I love it so much I can do it for long stretches of time without getting tired or bored.)”
  • “What work do I do that doesn’t seem like work? (I can do it all day long without ever feeling tired or bored.)”
  • “In my work, what produces the highest ratio of abundance and satisfaction to amount of time spent? (Even if I do only ten seconds or a few minutes of it, and idea or a deeper connection may spring forth that leads to huge value.)”
  • “What is my unique ability? (There’s a special skill I’m gifted with. This unique ability, fully realized and put to work, can provide enormous benefits to me and any organization I serve.)”


  1. How often are you saying “yes” to things that do not fit into your Zone of Genius (your flow)? Each time you say yes when you really want to say no, you’re taking time & energy away from being in your zone and inspiring others around you.


  1. “I expand in abundance, success, and love every day, as I inspire others to do the same.” Repeat as often as necessary.


  1. Don’t hold yourself back to keep people in your life from feeling jealous or inadequate. Playing small serves no one. “Go all the way, and inspire them with your full expression.”


  1. “If you get a handle on how time actually operates, your work flows gracefully and at high performance.” Tell yourself you are the creator of your time. “Put yourself on a radical diet: Complete abstinence from complaining about time.” This is surprisingly pretty difficult, but it opens up a whole new world. A world in which you create the time you need to work, play, & thrive. Give it a go!

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