Do you diligently work towards your career and personal goals – only to lose momentum and give up at the very end? It’s not uncommon. Successful entrepreneurs in all industries deal with the same issue. But did you know that there’s a term to describe this struggle? It’s “the final eighth” – because after completing seven-eighths of a task, the last segment is the hardest. Bridgit Dengel Gaspard, LCSW, CEO of The Final 8th LLC and Founder of the New York Voice Dialogue Institute, named the concept after watching her clients struggle with their sticking points. Read her book “The Final 8th: Enlist Your Inner Selves to Accomplish Your Goals” for insights and tips to help you overcome the hurdle.
What is your book about?
I coined the term “the final eighth” to describe a nagging phenomenon that plagued everyone from master-level scholars to peers. Talented, energetic, motivated people accomplish many steps towards a goal (seven-eighths of it) but then mysteriously stall in front of their finish line. This applies whether it’s related to careers, relationships, finances, health, creativity or personal growth. The Final 8th phenomenon is failing in sight of victory.
Beyond defining the sticking point, The Final 8th: Enlist Your Inner Selves to Accomplish Your Goals explores the root cause: a complex emotional double-bind that is much deeper than an issue of success. My method is scientifically supported by the premise that our healthy personalities are actually a constellation of our inner selves. Also known as alter egos, sub-personalities or personas, these are dynamic, physiological parts of who we are, that have unique agendas designed to protect us. The Final 8th guides readers to dialogue with and ultimately enlist these selves who hold the keys to your unique story and also to the hidden wisdom to crossing life’s finish lines.
- Discover your world of inner selves by doing an Inner Selfie Report.
- Learn the secret and powerful intentions and distorted loyalties that are locking you in a double bind. Learn which selves are for your goal and which selves are against your goal.
- Identify where you’re specifically stuck.
- Use a myriad of unique exercises in pursuit of your Final 8th finish line.
- Practice “safe success” to sustain your transformed awareness.
Why should people read it? Who is the book for?
The Final 8th – in print or audiobook – reveals a new philosophy, process and practice that lives beyond the pages of a good read. This handy back-pocket guide is ideal for a post-pandemic world. We have new career, family, financial, personal and relationship needs. The Final 8th is for successful high-achievers, master-level scholars, creatives, artists and people with a growth mindset. It’s for anyone who craves tools and an approach to overall well-being that embraces all of who we are on the journey to getting unstuck beyond gimmicky trends and redundant quick fixes.
Peppered throughout this deep book are fun, humor and joy. Audiences embark on an adventure that is ultimately about awareness, wholeness and transformation. Beyond compelling concepts that could otherwise stagnate in the intellect, author Bridgit Dengel Gaspard takes the process off of the page by hosting Final 8th masterclasses, workshops, immersive educational experiences, and a complementary 3rd Thursdays Voice Dialogue Learning Lab on the 3rd Thursday of each month.
Single most important takeaway
“When you finally decide to face your demons, you will also find your angels.”
Meet the author
For author Bridgit Dengel Gaspard, the unspoken dynamic between people in art and life has fueled a career of discovering the multiple intelligences we hold the keys to, often without even realizing it. A career in the performing arts and as an entertainment journalist gave way to Gaspard’s interest in expressive therapies and the power of transformation. She earned an MSW from Columbia University and acquired clinical experience in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). After coining the term “the final eighth” – the nagging phenomenon that leaves people feeling stuck in sight of life’s finish lines – she decided to write about it. Gaspard’s book “The Final 8th: Enlist Your Inner Selves to Accomplish Your Goals” delves into the Final 8th philosophy, process and practice. She has a thriving private practice and has been quoted in Mashable, AskMen, Real Simple and Yahoo! Life.