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AUDIO: 3 Reasons You Should Never Face A Challenge Alone

by Greg Yates | Breakthrough Leadership

Have you ever had something just HIT you out of the blue that shifted everything you were thinking? A big eye opener. A game changer. I just realized no matter what I’m facing, I’m never alone. I know, sounds like old news, right?

Are you telling me you don’t feel alone sometimes?

Like the battle, the problem, the issue is yours alone to overcome? It hits me that when I choose to make my circle that small, even God can’t help. No thanks on that reality.

Anything worth pursuing is not just about me. So, I’m surrounding myself with people who will go to war against a common enemy for a noble cause.

There is a huge disparity between facing a challenge alone or facing it together. Today I realized there are at least 3 reasons why you should NEVER face challenge alone; three motivations to surround yourself with people who share your passion and begin playing offense instead of hiding behind bunkers waiting for the next bomb to drop.

Here we go. The three reasons:

  1. What you perceive
  2. What you presume
  3. What you pursue

What You Perceive

The size of the task, the overwhelm of the need is impossible at times but generally its power is based on the vantage point we perceive it from.

We’re part of a process that helps each other when we’re in need. Every so often we get word that there is an overwhelming need of thousands of dollars in someone’s life. But… if everyone receiving the newsletter would donate $7.31 the need would be met.


The perception of the need became completely manageable and it empowered us all to help. That’s the first reason you should never face a challenge alone. What you perceive alone is way too big.

What You Presume

I hate asking for help.

Especially when I’m facing something that feels personal or it’s a dumb mistake I made all by myself. I presume it’s my problem and I’m supposed to deal with it, right? I presume I’m imposing on others if I ask for help. But my experience when I’m the one helping is completely the opposite.

There’s something magical about the amazing power of doing something that is bigger than yourself. I want to be part of a collective that makes a difference in the lives of others but when I presume it’s different because it’s MY Problem, not only am I alone but I deny others the chance to share in the joy of community. What you’re tempted to presume can prevent you from building relationships that last.

What You Pursue

When we’re alone we’re tempted to pursue safety. But when you’re on a team with a clear purpose and passion, we pursue Breakthrough.

Don’t get stuck alone perceiving an overwhelming enemy, presuming it’s your battle to fight alone and pursuing a fall back position instead of victory.

You were born to be part of something far greater, to share relationships and community, that creates Breakthrough from the enemies that all people face.

Pursue your purpose. Live with passion. Become the leader you were created to be and NEVER do it alone.

Add your comments to the conversation: 

What do you do to prevent isolation in your leadership?

Are you involved in local events with other business leaders? Do you encourage honest feedback from your team? Do you have a peer who you rely on for accountability?  

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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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