Feeling Numb Christian Leader

AUDIO: 4 Reasons You Feel Numb

by Greg Yates | Breakthrough Leadership

If there’s one thing nobody would ever say about me, it’s that I’m lazy. I took pride working everyone else “under the table.” I was passionate, driven, always going beyond the call of duty. I could figure out how to turn anything into work. I was proud of my hard work. I considered the hard work in my career as evidence of how much I was doing for others and how successful I was.

Over time, unfortunately, I just felt numb. I got desensitized. I never chose apathy but it became my constant companion. I couldn’t “care” about everything in my busy life so I chose to turn off the things that required me to invest myself where there were variables I couldn’t control.

The problem is, we’re prone to destroy ourselves when we’re LEFT to ourselves.

We get NUMB. And, it leads to choices devoid of passion, lacking freedom and asking questions we don’t have answers for.

How did we arrive where we’re numb to the only things that matter?

#1.  – We resist relationships. We substitute techniques for the work of relationship building. We keep people at arm’s length till we don’t even want to go through the motions. We manipulate and we dictate but we are unwilling to do the hard work it takes to relate. Relationships cost us so we keep our distance until we find ourselves numb to the whole idea. We stop caring about relationships, even with God.

#2. – We resist love. Love challenges us and tests us. Love requires effort. It pushes us out of our comfort zone. We fill up with things that FEEL like love but we resist genuine love. It gets easier and easier to ignore. We profess our love through vain actions instead of vulnerable confessions. We stop giving or receiving and we just feel numb.

#3. – We resist growth. We’re busy. We look for easy ways to get what we want. We won’t give up anything so we stay occupied, keeping ourselves from working on the things that matter. We worship the validation of our busy-ness until our progress is only a mirage. The irony of our hard work is we want to improve ourselves but we don’t want the sacrifice of consistent intentional growth. So, we go numb.

#4. – We resist Change. Unlocking our highest created purpose requires change but we don’t want to change. We isolate ourselves, make excuses and look for escape wherever we can find it. We hold on tight to past performance, past feelings and past affirmation. Our routines take us where we’ve already been instead of where we were destined to go. When each day encrusts the rigidity of our past, we get numb to the possibilities that lie in the future.

Yes, we have negligence issues. We get numb. But, we don’t have to be. God says His mercies are new each day, not based on a feeling or past performance. It starts new TODAY. No matter what.

You can choose a life of freedom that returns feeling to the life you were created to enjoy. The path to Breakthrough begins new every day. Unlock your purpose. Live with Passion. Become the leader you were created to be.

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Add your comments to the conversation: What have you been resisting lately? Change? Relationships? Moving outside of your comfort zone? 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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