Upper Limit Problem

I am reading a great book that I would highly recommend called the Big Leap by Gay Hendricks.  It’s tag line is “conquer your inner fears and take life to the next level”.  In it, he talks about “The Upper Limit Problem”.  His description is as follows:  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.”
I have been thinking about my Upper Limit Problem with the irony involved in a day of teaching people to eat the Mediterranean Diet.  In the past, I would wake up, prepare food, sometimes for 100’s of people and travel to my workshop.  As I cooked, I would tell everyone about how the people on the Island of Crete had the lowest rates of heart disease in the world, how the men live to be the same age as the women, and the qualities of the olive oil that make it a strong anti-inflammatory.
I would make them a delicious sample or lunch  and everyone would leave happy and motivated and well fed.
Except for me.
After the feelings of elation of leading a successful workshop, I often would clean up, drive home, and on the way I would eat a kid’s meal at McDonalds or a couple of slices of greasy pizza with a coke or a roast beef sandwich with potato chips.
I would sabotage myself with unhealthy food just after helping others get excited about one of the healthiest ways of eating in the world.
This was my Upper Limit Problem.  I sabotaged my success with the antithesis of my success.  I would do the very thing I had just told people not to do.  I was a walking contradiction.
As I expand into a new way of being and understanding I have learned how food affects not only how I feel in the moment, but can actually contributes to my overall success (or failure).   When I eat well, my energy increases and I am able to do more of the things I want to accomplish in my life.  I also am not living a drag me down lie.
The food we eat can be a huge Upper Limit Problem or it can be what helps us make the Big Leap into the life we want.

Happy Jumping!

4 Responses to “Upper Limit Problem”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Bill, what a great article–and how true it can be for all of us. NH

  2. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for sharing this Bill. Food is a huge upper limit problem in our culture. I find that stress and lack of sleep also make it harder to do what I know is best for my body.

  3. stacycmk says:

    Great insight Bill! I can't tell you how many times I have done something similar where I tell myself and my friends/family that I'm finally going to get healthy and go right for the worst food. It's amazing how we'll limit ourselves sometimes huh?

    PS – I love your photo.

  4. Ibrahim says:

    No shame with food. Ever. I am doing the primal enitag thing right now. I always get caught up in the fad diet enitag plans. My vow is to not eat when bored. (Guilty) Not eat when already full (Guilty) and eat fresh/local/no-carb as much as possible. Also, next time I go to buy one of these stupid diet books, I’m going to the shoe store instead. Same info, new twist. But man oh man, does that french toast look gooooood. (And the vodka, to be honest.) Vodka toast? OOOH! RUSSIAN TOAST!

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