Episode 53

Published on:

23rd Nov 2019

EP 53 | The Only Two Ways We Fail

Here's a shocker...

You can run from failure all your life but you can't escape it. 

Sooner or later, you're going to fail. The Question is... are you running TOWARD truth or are you running AWAY from it?  

On either road, you'll have a lot of company.  

Reminds me of an attorney I used to have who asked me if I knew how many lawyer jokes there are. I said, no but there are a lot of them. He looked me in the eye and said, no Greg… there are actually only 2. The others are proven facts.  

Thing is, I've only found 2 categories to put failure in... & only one is good failure (who knew, right?)

So where’s the dividing line? Where do the tracks split and all roads lead to one or the other? 

 You can fail in the PURSUIT of TRUTH… or you can fail in the DENIAL of Truth.  

The choice is yours. You can fail both ways, but one leads to brokenness and the other to breakthrough. 

Of course, I know you’re all about the truth, you’d never deny the truth… that’s crazy talk… but what happens when our perception of the truth gets in the way of the actual truth? When we’re convinced that fulfilling our purpose requires reshaping truth in some way.

Here’s what I know about TRUTH.

  • Just because you believe something is true, doesn’t make it true. You’re not the center of the universe and proving other people wrong doesn’t make you right. 
  • Truth is counterintuitive. Sometimes bad circumstances have good results and pain is the only path to a breakthrough.

The pursuit of truth isn’t found in circumstances or our best-laid plans, it’s a journey full of trial and error as we adjust toward true north in pursuit of our highest created purpose. Our purpose, our mission, our daily refined definition of success is part of this pursuit. 

Sometimes the path seems broad and easy, some days it’s narrow and we struggle to stay out of the ditch (and sometimes we end up in them!).

We fail... but we persist ...because the pursuit of truth is our only hope to know who we are, why we’re here and to matter in the journey to significance – the deep longing of our souls.  

Denial of truth is defined not always by a different path but by a different focus.

When we

  • choose the temporary,
  • rely on circumstantial evidence for our decisions and
  • possess no clear and compelling definition of success, it’s impossible for us to navigate the path to destiny.

Failure in the denial of truth shrinks our faith, limits our vision and reshapes the truth to match our interpretation of our experiences.

Let’s get rid of the head trash… It’s time to get clear on the mission and the truth.

In the pursuit of truth, here’s what you need to know. 

  • Search for allies,
  • align with resources outside your own strength
  • Don’t assume there is only one way to fulfill the mission and
  • always be aware that Circumstances Lie and there is head trash to deal with. 

You’re a branch, you’re not the source. 

Surround yourself with others in the pursuit of truth and pull each other up. Remember that failure in denial of truth is the path to breakdown, not breakthrough.

No, it’s not simple, but truth can’t always be seen from inside our own heads. We need a better perspective and that’s why we need each other.

Get rid of the head trash and let’s move from broken to breakthrough together.  


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About the Podcast

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.