Hey, it’s Greg Yates from Breakthrough Leadership and the No Head Trash nation… and I’ve got good news! I’m NOT DEAD… and if you’re listening to this, you’re not either… and that my friends is the Greatest Opportunity of our lives.
Back in 2014 I faced something I didn’t think I could recover from. I’m not gonna lie, it still commandeers my bandwidth from time to time but now there’s a difference. I’ve come to believe that circumstances are like the scum that forms on the surface of a pond, the pudding or the gravy, depending on where you happen to be. Sometimes it’s the oil floating on a puddle or in worse cases, an oil spill that requires an organized clean-up. That’s the way my life felt in 2014. It was an oil slick that was choking the life out of me and contaminating everything around me.
Here’s my point. What’s on the surface, doesn’t represent what’s below the surface. That’s what I know about circumstances. They lie about what’s really going on, or at least they leave the impressions causing us to make ASSUMPTIONS that aren’t accurate about what’s beyond the surface, the pond scum of our lives.
Maybe you love your circumstances… the sad truth is that even if you love them, they’re still not capable to represent everything that’s happening in your life, just below the surface. That’s why Fakebook is so rampant with comparative reality. It seems like everybody has perfect lives, except us and we’re pedaling as fast as we can.
What does that have to do with not being dead? I’m getting to that. First you need to hear me on this. Trust me. Circumstances are lying to you about a lot of things and one of them is that thing you’re facing you believe has the power to make or break you… forever.
That thing if everybody knew would disqualify you from your church, and maybe even your job. That thing you’ve reconfigured so it sounds good, even if you’re the only one who believes your version of the story.
I’m going to share with you the wisdom my wife, Vicki, gave me when I was sure my life and my ability to be my best was OVER… She listened kindly to my agonizing assessment about life and when I was finally done, she calmly stated the facts I wasn’t ready to hear yet.
It could be worse… you could be dead.
And she was right.
I’m finally wrapping up the draft of my new book and its title is something I wouldn’t have learned without sticking my face in the scum of circumstances and seeing beyond them. And believe me, it’s not a one-time thing. The book is titled, Circumstances Lie, and it takes one tiny step toward looking beyond what seems real and exploring the vast unknown, where there is more evidence for what we can become than there is for where we’re stuck today. It’s the same whether it’s an individual, a team, or an entire organization. Stepping beyond the drama and empty calories of circumstantial beliefs is where true breakthrough begins, and we can’t get there on our own.
I couldn’t pull myself out of the pit. I needed others with different reference points to summon courage and belief I didn’t have. I still do. And so do you.
Stop settling for overhead in your personal growth journey and get connected to a group of people who will explore the endless potential of life together. Help each other live well, struggle well and integrate your faith well by exploring what’s possible together.
Remember… the greatest opportunity you have is still ahead of you. You’re not dead. Let’s move from broken to breakthrough together.