After listening to “The Big Leap” by Gay Hendricks in audio form a few times now I got it! I have identified the zones where I am comfortable and have started to breakthrough the hidden fears. This book invites you to question where you orient your life from and to explore how we hold ourselves back from expressing our unique gifts, experiencing an abundance of happiness, love, joy, appreciation and financial security. This book highlights where humans tend to hold themselves back and common signs that may be signaling you in the instance you are playing it safe and staying in your bubble of comfort.

This is more of a reflection/journal entry for myself but I am deciding to share it because I feel others, maybe you, will relate to this or in the best case find the inspiration within to look at yourself with an understanding that we tend to make choices confining ourselves from reaching our most glorious potential.

After identifying the zones from where I spend time and express myself from, here it goes. My zone of excellence is where I have been comfortably providing for myself financially with my professional skills as a Chef. I have used the skills of cooking and preparing food for people to support the majority of my life as an adult. Not that there is anything wrong with this, but Its where I have been identified for such a long time that it’s all I have known to identify with. It’s where my family and long time friends know me and can expect to find me working in and sustaining my life from.

It would be easy or at least comfortable for me to continue doing the same thing until I could no longer do it, however there is something that has been pulling me out of this zone for sometime now and I am seeing why. Its not my zone of genius! I know this now and can feel the pulses from my intuition guiding and nudging me toward my zone of genius. My zone of genius is based on my evolving experience of becoming more attuned to the environment we share and in this attunement finding deeper more complex relations between our inner world and our outer world.

What I have identified in this zone as a unique gift is my desire to work with people in a new way of nourishment. Taking a step back from the hyper-focused attention to detail and complex palate pleasing foods and stepping towards the simple use of food as fuel for our body and mind. It really hit me when this thought came to me in the shower as I was washing my hair.

I desire to create a deeper change within people. I desire to have a deeper impact. Anybody can cook a meal and feed themselves or a family member, but I want to impact them in a different way that really accentuates their experiences in life and how they further impact others in a positive way.

In my zone of genius I am guiding people into deeper states of thrive through habit evolution and simple daily practices. In this zone I am working from a space where I am guiding people into their intuition and teaching how to use it as the framework for their life, tapping into the endless reservoir of love and connecting to their inner guide.

This identity shift from the chef to the teacher, guide and leader is my big leap out of my zone of excellence and into my zone of genius and where I can express my deepest gifts and offer compassionate insights. My goal is to facilitate the growth of ones spiritual side while sharing the gifts and insights of health, longevity, planetary and personal connection.

I highly recommend reading this book, or listening to the audio…. Have you already? What were your thoughts?

What would your big leap look like?

What is your zone of competence?

What is your zone of excellence?

What is your zone of GENIUS?

I love to hear from others on their journey so please reach out with any questions or comments. Please share this with another person who may be inspired or could benefit from this.

I truly appreciate it!

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Published by Alec Hurley

Alec Hurley is a Yoga Health Coach, yoga teacher in the San Diego area and a life long surfer. He is the founder of Higher Self Wellness and an avid practitioner of ancient wisdom and spiritual practices which he infuses into his public yoga classes and group program “The Art of Connection”. He is professionally trained as a Chef and incorporates the ancient wisdom of “food as medicine” into his culinary creations. Alec infuses the practices of personal and planetary alignment into his modern healthy lifestyle toolkit to help shift the collective into deeper states of connection.

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