Do you Have an Upper Limit Problem?

Dec 09, 2022

Gay Hendricks, in his book, The Big Leap, has an excellent concept that I’d love to share with you: your Upper Limit Problem.

Hendricks describes this phenomenon with the analogy of an inner thermostat. “Each of us has an inner thermostat setting that determines how much love, success, and creativity we allow ourselves to enjoy. When we exceed our inner thermostat setting, we will often do something to sabotage ourselves, causing us to drop back into the old, familiar zone where we feel secure.”

Remember that soon-to-be Olympian who broke a known rule and got disqualified despite winning the race? Can you think of other people in the public eye who are on top of the world but do something to implode it all, almost as if they did it on purpose? This could be an Upper Limit Problem.

Hendricks says, “Even if you’re already extravagantly successful, I can promise you that your own version of the Upper Limit Problem is still holding you back from achieving your true potential. In fact, the more successful you get, the more urgent it becomes to identify and overcome your Upper Limit Problem. If you don’t clear the Upper Limit Problem out of the way, it will be a drag on you until the day you die.” Stark words but a powerful call to action. Do you have an Upper Limit Problem? How will you clear it out of the way?