Episode 47

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18th Oct 2019

EP 47 | 3 Clues that something is BROKEN

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3 Clues that something is broken

No pilot would take off if they knew something important was broken. 

No business would launch their revolutionary product if they knew it would have to be recalled. 

No leader would hire a team member or engage a mission objective if they KNEW it would be subverted and fail.  

We loaded up the mold to be delivered to our customer. We were proud of the sample parts it produced and were glad the project was complete.  But when the customer called the next day with parts stuck in the mold, the nightmare began. After our own molding supervisor couldn’t get it to run production in their machine, he transported the tool back to be disassembled in our shop. It was embarrassing and it was costly. 

Inadequate cooling in the tool kept it from running production without eventually sticking parts. It was impossible to keep the temperature consistent, no matter what we tried.  The entire design had been predicated on cooling the plates and now we were going to have to find a way to cool each insert independently.  It was a disaster.

The moment that design decision was made, the problem was inevitable. We just didn’t know it yet. Isn’t it the same with many of the decisions we make; many of the issues of our lives?  We’re broken, we just don’t know it yet. 

So how would you know if you’re heading toward brokenness?  It seems obvious when you’re looking backward.  20/20 hindsight, they call it.  But how do we see it in advance.  Here are 3 clues I think might help if you pay attention to them. 

1.      Seeking the path of least resistance. You may not be pursuing pleasure but you’re always avoiding pain. Even good, therapeutic pain. If the decision isn’t challenging you to climb above the obstacles, you might be going down. If it’s the trend, you’ll eventually crash. 

2.      You don’t feel you have a choice.  This is the road to cascading brokenness. You’re facing a decision and you feel you no longer have a choice. The real decision was made in the past and now your hands are tied. Small brokenness leads to catastrophic breakdown when we believe we no longer have a choice. 

3.      It feels like duty rather than passion. You’re being pursued instead of being the pursuer.  When things are broken, they gradually go upside down. When momentum is moving against you, fear, duty and obligation take the place of passion and peace.

These three clues are evidence. You can see them in the past and if you look closely you will see them in the present. Climb. Surround yourself with people who share your values, your purpose and a...

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The No Head-Trash Nation
Circumstances Lie but you don't have to listen.
There is a GAP between where you are and where you want to be. In that GAP is the Zone of HEAD TRASH. This is the ATROCITY preventing us from what we're capable of and it's time to talk about it. Feel the passion and hear the RANT of "Yates In Your Face" content and real-world examples of how real Head Trash is and how others have unmasked it in their physical, mental, relational, spiritual and financial lives. ... We need each other to Unlock our Purpose, Live with Passion and become who we were CREATED to be. *** Join the No Head Trash Nation on Facebook***

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Greg Yates

BIO: After more than 30 years in business, owning as many as 14 businesses at one time with hundreds of employees, Greg found himself under the influence of Head Trash when the Real Estate market crashed. In denial, Greg made decisions that ultimately cost him tens of millions in capital and a year in prison. Going from massive success to the brokenness of failure, Greg came face to face with the ‘head-trash’ that had blocked his decision-making process and left him isolated as a leader. Now, Greg trains high-level teams the 4 essential GETS if they want to Break through the barriers of Head-Trash. Greg takes leaders into a training environment he calls The Practice Zone where these four essentials and the HABITS necessary to implement them can be intentionally developed for success. Greg is the author of 4 books and his 5th book, entitled “Circumstances Lie”, will be released in the fall. His first book, “Broken, how being broken unlocked the greatest success of my life”, details his life, leadership, success and the entire story of his legal battles and prison. It’s a brutal story with extensive details Greg journaled in prison and how his return home sparked the desperate search for a new belief system and significance. Greg is a speaker, author, trainer, and coach but his ultimate mission is building the “Practice Zone Mastermind”, where men who are Christian Leaders can connect, train and network together. Men in leadership need a place to have conversations they can’t have anywhere else. Greg believes this network would have prevented catastrophic brokenness in his own life and is sharing purpose, passion and potential as the catalyst for exponential Breakthrough. "THE NO HEAD TRASH NATION" Podcast is where Greg rants about the Head Trash that's holding you back in short, inspirational bursts that bring clarity and focus for the Leader.