Being Brain Dead is Easy in 4 Simple Steps

AUDIO: 4 Simple Steps to Stay in the Moment

by Greg Yates | Breakthrough Leadership

Ican teach you how to be brain dead in 4 easy steps. Sometimes being there just isn’t enough. I was in the meeting, but my mind was a thousand miles away, “What do you think, Greg?”

Oops. I was caught. I felt like the guy sleeping in church who jumped up and prayed the benediction. How many times have you “been there” but mysteriously your mind and body were separated? Being there… just isn’t enough.

Out of Focus

Being brain dead leaves you vulnerable in these four key ways:

#1. You’re sending the wrong message.

The message received is either that you don’t want to be there, you don’t care or that you’re lost in space somewhere and can’t find your way home. Sending the wrong message is insulting and it makes you look stupid.

#2. You’re marginalizing people you love.

Looking past people in the important moments of their lives tells them you don’t care. It marginalizes the importance they hold to you. When you’re there but not all THERE, you’re building unspoken impressions that last a lifetime.

#3. You’re fracturing the power of your focus.

The greatest power you have is being IN the moment. Focus. Out of body experiences are dangerous. It’s impossible to comprehend the small influences or nuances of life or leadership when you’ve lost focus. In leadership, the little things matter. They say nobody cares what you know until they know how much you care. If you want to lead, you must live in the moment. Just being there isn’t enough. Not for you and not for them.

#4. You’re creating breakdown instead of breakthrough.

Life and leadership without traction allows slippage. Slippage creates breakdown. The road to breakthrough leadership is a road of traction. Showing up without focus creates loss of traction. It creates breakdown.

Live in the moment. Don’t diffuse your leadership by looking past it.

You may think you’re multitasking but that’s a terrible mistake. The power to breakthrough is found in consistent, incremental, intentional steps. Stay inside yourself. Live in the moment and the moment will lead you to Breakthrough.

Add your comments to the conversation: Which of these four areas of vulnerability speaks to you the most? How can you better live in the moment? What is the first, smallest step you can take to create a change? 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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