The Upper Limit Problem: Why Our Biggest Breakthroughs Are Preceded by Crushing Setbacks

Uncategorized Nov 04, 2020

When something bad happens to us, our first reaction is the fear and panic that we’re suffering a crippling setback, but what if it isn’t a setback at all? What if this challenge is actually setting us up for a huge breakthrough? 

I’ve been thinking a lot about this after sustaining an injury. For a moment, I felt like it was a bad thing, but after it forced me to slow down and refocus, I saw it for what it was. My setback was instigating my next level, it was what I needed to push through the ceiling. 

My biggest breakthroughs come after I have a breakdown. Life throws a curveball, but after that, I break through to a new level. 

I think it’s the same for you too. An illness, injury, and even a divorce could be the sign that you’re reaching the upper limit before you elevate.  

 What lessons are we supposed to learn from a breakdown, and why do breakdowns happen for us? In this episode, I talk about a powerful lesson I recently learned about what Steve Taylor calls The Upper Limit Problem.


3 Things You’ll Love About This Episode

  • We have an inner thermostat of happiness. It’s the level we subconsciously become comfortable with. When we try to cross that threshold, our subconscious panic response is triggered. 

  • Before we have a breakthrough, it’s common to get sick, get injured, look for something to get upset about, and experience emotional upheaval.

  • When you suffer a setback, don’t become attached to the outcome and what’s happening in that moment. Choose to see the positive aspect of the breakdown, how it’s happening for you, not to you.


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