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Victory in leadership

AUDIO: 3 Reasons You Should Expect What You Get

by Greg Yates | Breakthrough Leadership

Wait a minute… Didn’t you say that wrong, Greg?  Didn’t you mean, “we should get what we expect?”

Yea, that would be nice wouldn’t it? But, it makes a lot of assumptions. See, my experience is that most of us don’t get what we expect

But, we really should expect what we get.

Expecting the Results You Get

When my wife, Vicki, turned 50 she made a pivotal decision. She had never lifted weights, but decided if she was ever going to really get in shape, now was the time.

Her trainer suggested she enroll in a competition as a goal to shoot for. Within the year she won 1st place in a national fitness competition. She didn’t just win the over 50 ladies. She won the OPEN class with over 80 competitors. All of the finalists were in their 20’s and 30’s, except Vicki.

How did it happen? She had a diet coach and a trainer. As crazy as it sounds, she did EVERYTHING they told her (who does that?). Diet was by far the most difficult. She logged and emailed her coach everything she ate or drank. He made adjustments as he monitored her body’s responses to protein, carbohydrate, and fat intake. She followed through religiously. And guess what…

She believed that if she did what her coaches told her, she would get results. It wasn’t her plan. Her plan could never have seen such fantastic results.

Expecting God to Bless Your Plans

I like being in control of my own outcomes. I want to build formulas that work.

I want every strategic plan to come together just as I imagined it.

I want every business plan to make money!

I’m a child of God. I expect God to bless what I am doing. When I see success, big or small, I’m sure it’s Gods validation of my plan. In fact, I strain in prayer for God to bless my plans!

God says… I know the plans I have for you (Jeremiah 29:11).

Wait a minute… God, don’t you mean, I am blessing your plans?

God says… If you want to walk by the light of your man-made fires and torches, go ahead but I will withhold my light from you…  (Isaiah 50:11)

Stay with me. Don’t jump to any conclusions.

All Wisdom comes from our Father but it isn’t always executed by Him. This is where we flip things around. Imagine God himself executing His plan for your life.  

It takes drive and commitment to achieve goals that really matter. When you decide something is that important, you better be serious. You better know what you’re willing to do and what you want.

Critical Questions You Need to Answer

You better know:

  1. What do you want?
  2. When do you want it?
  3. What are you willing to do to get it?
  4. What are you willing to give up?

This is a mantra in business I have modeled for decades. Imagine how it came to life when I realized my role as an heir in the Kingdom of God!

He who puts his hand to the plow, then looks back, should not expect to receive his reward.” (Luke 9:62)

Conventional Business Wisdom vs. God’s Eternal Wisdom

Conventional business wisdom is always a bobble-head replica of Gods eternal wisdom! God has a plan for your life and it’s not a secret. He really does want you to receive your inheritance as His child. Your awareness will always be the key.  Knowing what you want, when you want it, what you are willing to do and what you are willing to give up!

Your answers to the four big questions (mentioned above) will be built on three very important things.

Reason #1 – You can expect what you get when…

  • The questions you ask give you the answers you need.
  • You only get answers to the questions you are willing to ask. You will only know what you want by asking in the framework of God’s presence.
  • You must know who you are and who God is. Until you resolve your relationship with the King of Creation your expectation itself will let you down.
  • Knowing what you want must be asked within the framework of knowing who you are.
  • What will you give up? Until you understand the contrast between kingdoms, you will never rush to surrender. You ARE the prodigal son.  There is an inheritance.  God does have more than you could ask or imagine in store for your life.

Reason #2 – What would a man give in exchange for Gods eternal favor?  

  • You make the choices that make you.
  • The definition of insanity is ‘doing the same things and expecting a different result’.
  • Our place in Gods plan, participating in His results.
  • Procrastination is a decision to delay your success. A single day lost to the amplification of Gods plan in your life and business will result in regret.
  • Being faster around the track than everyone else still doesn’t take you anywhere.  A familiar environment may be comforting but it doesn’t move you toward your goal. Your choices change you and they change the culture of your business.

Reason #3 – Choosing a culture that embraces our place in God’s Kingdom ALWAYS creates momentum!

  • You understand that the value is in the process.
  • Nothing happens in a day but success happens daily. This works because it was taken from Gods plan for the sanctification of our lives. There is no greater power or path.
  • There is nothing more useless than altitude above you and runway behind you. Relying on human perspective means to rely on our 3-dimensional thinking. When we’re out of options, God’s process is only beginning.
  • True Growth comes only through consistency. Epiphanies are great but consistency is the true measure of greatness. Faith is the exercise that converts us into warriors.

You can expect what you get when you are participating in God’s plan with God’s resources and God’s promises!  If God is for us, who can be against us. We expect Victory, and we get it.  

What are your comments? Do we always get what we expect? 

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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