Stop Busy and Breakthrough Leadership

AUDIO: 5 Ways From Busy to Breakthrough

by Greg Yates | Breakthrough Leadership

I used to be so proud of myself for being so busy. Busy means I’m in demand, right? Nobody can make it without me, so I grace the world with my presence, brag about those 100 emails a day and wear the badge of honor that I’m busy… so I must be important.   

I used to mingle at parties having the discussion about being busy. You know how some people get fixated on their health or their hobbies? Us great leaders get fixated on how BUSY we are.   

How are things? BUSY. Not enough hours in the day. Can’t breathe. It never stops.  Working from dark to dark. AND WE’RE PROUD OF IT.

I remember practically getting into an argument with another businessman about who was the busiest. No, we weren’t talking about who was building the most efficient team or who had attracted the most synergistic customers. We weren’t even talking about how excited we were about our team members being on the same page, fighting the good fight or sharing creative brainstorming sessions. WE WERE PROUD of just … being… busy!

Busy is Not a Destination

Strangely enough, the day came when busy was not an option.

It happens and it’s painful.

If your identity is built on people depending on you, your value is built on THE TEMPORARY.

You can never build high if you’re afraid to go deep and find the bedrock of powerful teams. When the sand finally washed out under my feet and being BUSY wasn’t enough, I uncovered an even more powerful objective.

Busy Should Lead to Breakthrough

What if, instead of being busy, I could focus on Breakthrough? I began to picture BUSY as a swirling septic tank unless it had Breakthrough clearly on the other side of it. Busy isn’t enough. It can only be a temporary facilitation of energy that is fiercely designed for Breakthrough.

What do I mean? Well, here are five ways from Busy to Breakthrough. I think you’ll see.

  1. Busy must be a burst. Busy is only acceptable when it’s the stepping stone from where you are to where you are clearly determined to be. It must be the energy that moves you past breakdown and toward breakthrough. But it’s only a short explosive burst.
  2. Busy must be a bullet. It is fired when the target is clearly in your cross hairs.
  3. Busy must be directional. If it isn’t taking you somewhere specific, don’t do it!
  4. Busy must be synergistic. It is never alone, it’s part of a team effort.  When it is engaged, it’s momentum works in harmony with other targeted efforts for a common Breakthrough.
  5. Busy must be exponential. It must create momentum. Busy must be explosive and deliberate, acting as a trampoline toward success.

If you’re tired of being busy, it’s time to break free. Don’t settle for the treadmill. Leadership isn’t about getting a workout, it’s about Breakthrough.   

Add your comments to the conversation: Are you letting busy become the place you live as a leader? Take time today to define where being busy is taking you. What is your breakthrough destination? 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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