Beliefs empower leadership

AUDIO: 17 Questions that Uncover What You Really Believe

by Greg Yates | Breakthrough Leadership

Today’s blog post is about how you can use strategic questions to uncover what you really believe (Because you’re generally the last person to figure it out). Knowing what you really believe about life, and about God, drives your actions. At Breakthrough Leadership, we hold firm to the fact your beliefs either empower or disempower your actions. There’s no in between.

As a leader, nothing irritates me more than losing control of a situation. I hate it even more when I lose control to my own limiting beliefs.

I knew that sacrifice was a necessary part of leadership. I reminded myself of that every time I sacrificed family and financially to prop up failing projects in our real estate business. What I didn’t realize about my stubborn determination was that it had nothing to do with leadership. What I refused to admit, even to myself, was the subconscious belief that if I failed, it would be because I was a failure.

Hidden Beliefs Propel Our Ideas About Leadership

My hidden beliefs gave me the wrong idea about making Leadership Sacrifice.

My desire to prop up the business was really a desire to prop up my own limiting beliefs and compulsion for validation by others. I simply could not make the necessary changes because I was unwilling to change.  I was paralyzed by the fear of insignificance and I was the last one to realize it.

Most leaders deny the existence of the motor inside the motor.

The compulsive “WHY” that’s hidden inside the strategically acceptable “WHY.”

Knowing what you believe unlocks the genetic code of your subconscious. It unlocks the potential for unlimited personal growth.

So let me ask you 17 questions that will help you uncover what you really believe.  You’ll find these questions written and available in the written companion to this audio message. Take the time to ask and answer them because it WILL have a profound impact on your life, your leadership and your success.

17 Questions that Will Help You Uncover What You Really Believe:

  1. What is the thing about yourself you most often try to conceal?
  2. What are the things you consistently list when you set goals or New Year’s resolutions?
  3. What do you admire most in your spiritual and business mentors?
  4. What goals do you have that you are unwilling to be accountable for?
  5. What is your most common prayer?
  6. What is your perspective about Gods blessings in your life?
  7. What is your gut level response to failure? (How does it make you feel?)
  8. Which is more important, Faith or Action? Explain.
  9. What is the most important objective in your life? 10 years ago? Five years ago? Now?
  10. If you are successful, how will you know? What does it look like?
  11. If you died today, how would people describe you at your funeral?
  12. If you could do anything and could not fail, what would you do? How does it differ from what you are doing today?
  13. What keeps you awake at night?
  14. What are you daily involved in to improve yourself and your influence? Does it feel important or urgent?
  15. What is the one thing that would immediately improve your quality of life and leadership?
  16. What is the clear vision for your life and can you share it in 30 seconds so that anyone can understand?
  17. What makes your life significant?


Breakthrough Worksheet

Click below to download a PDF worksheet to uncover your hidden and limiting beliefs. Take some time to reflect. Consider what’s breaking down the change you want to see in your leadership. This is a powerful exercise for any leader.

We all recognize the familiar themes in our lives. The endless loops that keep us from dreaming truly divine dreams.

To know with clarity your fears, your weakness and your definition of significance is to know your beliefs. 

Beliefs balance the equations of fear, failure and faith in your life.

I love this quote by Carl Jung. I remind myself of it often.

“Until you bring the unconscious into the conscious, it will rule your life and you will call it fate.“

Add your comments to the conversation: What are some of the beliefs you think are most important for a leader to have? Post your reply below.

About Greg

Greg Yates has been a Chicago area businessman for over 30 years. He’s the author of the book, "Broken - How Being Broken Unlocked The Greatest Success of My Life". He has simultaneously owned 14 different businesses in a variety of industries; including real estate, manufacturing, payroll, and technology. Greg has also been an investor and a board member. He attended Olivet Nazarene University. He has a passion for flying. He’s had a pilot’s license for over 30 years and owned a variety of airplanes. Greg and his wife Vicki have been married over 37 years. They have a son, a daughter and seven grandchildren.

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