Episode 69

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22nd May 2020

EP 69 | Beyond our Paper Thin Plans

Beyond our Paper-Thin Plans

There’s a confusing comfort when we’re busy. It’s as if there is a magic in the motion that blocks the bobbing vulnerability of staying in one place. It implies direction, clarity and mission, whether value is delivered is unknown. 

I suffer with it.

“Just tell me what to do, Lord, and I’ll do it.”

I love having a mission, knowing what I’m going to do that soothes the itching nature of knowing that I am productive. Everything else implies there’s no reason for me to hang around.

I’ve heard there are people who don’t struggle with this, but I can’t relate. I’m more comfortable with guilt and duty myself.

That’s where I am today. See, I wanted to roll out some answers and convincing arguments about what YOU should do… but the truth is, I don’t have any idea… and people who say they do… well I’ve got a lot of healthy and well developed skepticism in my 12 gage. 

I’m not saying you shouldn’t have a plan, and that there aren’t some great philosophies and practical applications out there about how to work your plan… there are… and I love many of them. 

We love it when a plan becomes firm, as if it is literally in three dimensional space where we can model it like a doll house we can pretend in. Of course, most plans aren’t even three dimensional, they are 2D and it seems close enough, right? Like a road map we can GPS our way through. Sometimes we even add the traffic info or get the message, “Speed Trap Ahead”.  But it’s all still paper thin. 

My temptation RIGHT NOW is to figure out how to flip this on its head and give you the platitude of the day so we can both feel better about this thing we’re facing, but I can’t do that. In fact, it’s been occurring to me lately that if I could… or if I tried… it’d be another churchy answer that dissolves into the soup when you try to add it. 

I’m not doing that.

So, why did you listen or read this so far? Are you going to be disappointed, like the investment of the past three minutes has been lost and you’re annoyed I didn’t come through? Maybe.

But here’s what I know for sure, and you might not like it. Like one of those books or movies when you realize the ending isn’t going to be happily ever after and you’re pissed. … maybe I won’t go that far.

Life is full of love, loss and lies. I just finished a love story about it and I still cry in the editing process because it’s almost too real. When it comes down to it, there are only three things that will remain, that’s what the bible tells us and if you’ve been through some brokenness of your own like I have, you know it’s like facing the brutal truth. 

In the end, these three things remain. Faith… Hope… and Love…  and the greatest of these is love. 

If you’re clinging to that 3 step plan where you make all the right decisions about the one thing, profit or the perfect plans for your year, keep reading and planning but they’re not going to be the things that endure.

The catalyst for success – beyond the frenzy and busy we crave – is waiting for us right there. I’m not saying it’s easy or simple and I have no idea what it means for me today, much less you…

What I know is that the desires of my heart aren’t held in strategic plans alone. They happen when the big three – faith, hope and love – show up in the language and priorities of my life.

No, it’s not a bullet you can put in your gun, but we’ve both got plenty of those already.

So, while I’m trying to decide what the most productive thing is that I can do today, I’m picturing all the documents piled in my dropbox and asking God to use my brokenness… and connect me to a future that’s completely defined by the big three.

I hope that future includes you.  

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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.