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From initially sceptical to pleasantly surprised
on 6 December 2010
I was initially pretty wary of this book: the sub-title, `conquer your fear and take life to the next level' had me wondering if I'd wandered into snake-oil territory. But actually, I hadn't. Hendricks promises much and delivers it very simply. So I recommend keeping an open mind (unlike mine when I started reading!), as what he says draws from many well-tested psychological approaches. He has just filleted out the jargon, and added a little of his own, that's all.
Hendricks's view is that all of us can make big leaps once we take two steps: identify when we're in our `Zone of Genius' and recognise, then overcome, our unconscious ability to get in our own way. Self-sabotage keeps us in our comfort zone - we can't rise too high, nor can we fail or displease others. We feel secure. He calls this placing `upper limits' on ourselves, or `upper-limiting'. Here's where Hendricks is very practical: he identifies typical obstacles, such as worry, squabbling, getting sick and more. Then he goes on to provide no-nonsense self-coaching questions and techniques for us to test the worry, squabbling or whatever, to determine if it is indeed something to worry about (and if so, how to handle it) or if it is a form of upper-limit self-sabotage. (and how to handle that).
The `Zone of Genius' refers to the sweet spot we all have when time passes easily, we are joyfully absorbed, doing what we're best at. We all have this zone, but often spend most of our time, energy and attention on the other three zones: excellence, competence, and incompetence. There are simple yet powerful coaching questions to identify your Zone of Genius.
Is this book for everyone? Possibly not. The tired and cynical will struggle with the occasional hype. I've found the book really helpful in identifying when I stop myself and noticing how I do that. So I recommend it if you want to identify your own barriers and obstacles, and clear the way to be more fulfilled.