The Gap and the Gain book summary by Benjamin Hardy and Dan Sullivan

Aakriti

30th Mar'23
The Gap and the Gain book summary by Benjamin Hardy and Dan Sullivan | OpenGrowth

Can you explain what "the gap and the gain" means? What distinguishes these two methods of success and progress evaluation?

You might only need to change your thinking. That is the main concept behind Dan Sullivan's book The Gap and the Gain. Sullivan's theories are linked in the book by organizational psychologist Benjamin Hardy to analyze the scientific theories that can explain why we frequently think about the future. They also explain how we might teach ourselves to do the opposite. Making this modification, according to Hardy and Sullivan, can significantly enhance your quality of life.

Continue reading to comprehend these viewpoints and discover how to concentrate on gains rather than gaps.

 

The Gap and the Gain book

 

Know about the authors

Dan Sullivan

Dan Sullivan is a strategic planner, keynote speaker, and coach for business owners. More than 20,000 entrepreneurs around the world have received training from his coaching company, The Strategic Coach Inc. More than 30 books by Dan Sullivan, including The Great Crossover, Creative Destruction, and How the Best Grow Better, have been published. St. John's College is where Dan Sullivan earned his degree.

 

Dr. Benjamin Hardy

Dr. Benjamin Hardy practices organizational psychology. More than 100 million people read his writings on Medium.com. He frequently appears in publications including the Harvard Business Review, New York Times, Forbes, and Fortune. Be Your Future Self Today, Who Not How, Willpower Doesn't Work, and other works were written by him. Dr. Hardy holds degrees from Brigham Young University and Clemson University.

 

This is what you’ll find in the book 

Every time you compare your circumstances or yourself to an ideal, you are in the GAP. While principles give our lives purpose, direction, and meaning, they are not the yardstick.

Chapter 1: Embrace the Freedom of “Wants”

An unhealthy "need" or attachment to anything outside of oneself is the foundation of the GAP. You are attempting to free yourself FROM something, and until you succeed, happiness will elude you. When you're in the GAP, you're attempting to get "there," while avoiding "here," without ever getting there.

GAIN, on the other hand, is predicated on understanding that you don't need it and being in sync with what you want. When you're a part of GAIN, your life is founded on harmonious passion and intrinsic motivation, which promotes flow and excellent performance.  This permits you to pursue your goals free of unwholesome attachments and commit fully.

 

Chapter 2: Be Self-Determined

As the success criteria are always changing, it is hard to feel successful while using external reference points.

You've established your own reference point when you leave the GAP and enter the GAIN. Your life is controlled by someone or something outside of you, according to the GAP. You lead a self-determined life if you have GAIN.

When you define success for yourself, regardless of what others think, you use an internal reference point. Because success and happiness are your primary points of reference, they are always present in the present moment.

 

Chapter 3: The Compound Effect of the Gap or Gain   

Your life will suffer from being in GAP. Yet, being a part of the Community has a positive compounding impact on your life.

Hardy says the GAP and the GAIN are significant tools because they have a language. Give those you love permission to call you out when you enter the GAP by explaining the GAP and the GAIN concept to them.

Psychological research shows mentally subtracting the positive aspects of your life and imagining their absence can help you appreciate them more. This will serve as a constant reminder of your life's accomplishments.

 

Chapter 4: Always Measure Backward

Because your memories are generated in the present, from your current vantage point, it is simple to forget about your GAINS.

Hardy advises keeping a journal or conducting an annual review to look back on your past and recognize significant gains.

Your hope, motivation, confidence, and resilience are all increased when you remember the easily forgotten past. You're not the same person you were before. Even in the last 90 days, you've changed and matured a lot. Measure your GAINS for various time periods regularly, and always measure backward.

 

The Gap and the Gain book

 

Chapter 5: Measure 3 Daily Wins

The activities you engage in an hour and a half before bed have a significant impact on the quality of your sleep. In addition, they impact the following day.

Reactivity breeds more reactions. Not only will you have a terrible night's sleep if you stare at your phone before bed while aimlessly browsing or using it. In addition, you'll continue this harmful compulsive habit the following day.

Write down three victories from that day in your journal. List the top three victories you will achieve the following day, a maximum of three. For the rest of your life, practice this every day.

Pearson's Law says performance rises as it is measured. The rate of improvement increases when performance is tracked and reported. Tracking and reporting are combined when you have a daily accountability partner. Maintain a straightforward accountability partnership. No more than two minutes should be needed each day.

 

Chapter 6: Transform Every Experience into a Gain

Being in the zone requires more than a positive outlook on life. Being in the GAIN is about using each experience to better yourself.

When you're in the GAP, you act victimized and ask yourself, "Why did this happen?" You have control over the significance of your past when you're in the GAIN. You treasure your past and use it to define what you desire and value.

Being a member of GAIN allows you to use every dip as a springboard toward reaching a higher peak in the future. Being in the moment gives you the ability to learn from every situation and get better, not worse.

 

Key takeaways 

Strategic coach Dan Sullivan introduces the concept of Gap and Gain in this brief booklet. Sullivan talks about how tracking your progress will help you stay motivated to achieve your goals rather than giving up.

  1. Everyone has an "ideal," a changing goal that is never attained.

  2. We fall short of that standard when we compare ourselves to it, or GAP.

  3. We WIN while comparing our current selves to our past selves.

  4. Participating in GAIN increases drive, self-assurance, and success in the future.

  5. Always measure in reverse.

 

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