In episode 11 of “Yates in Your Face” (#YIYF), Greg Yates talks about being present, even when the moment seems unimportant.

Do you expect your team to dress the part and work hard during work hours? If you want your team to focus, you have to focus. You have to get your head in the game if you expect others to do the same.

If your mind has been in the clouds lately, Episode 11 of “Yates in Your Face” is the jolt you need to get yourself back into the moment and start focusing on those around you.


Have you ever wanted to be two places at once? Sometimes it seems that’s the only way to get it all done. Keep everybody happy and cram everything into the day.

The truth is, I’m pretty sure you’ve already mastered that. It’s just not working out so great. You know, your body shows up, but your brain is somewhere else entirely. That far away look…you’ve seen it.

Earth to Greg! Earth to Greg! You heard it.

I remember our daughter-in-law Linea laughing while she looked through a photo album of our family. I mean, I was there in most of the pictures, but I was almost always on the phone. I was there without actually being there.


It’s a common phenomenon. You’ve seen it. People show up to work; Not only did they forget the dress code, they forgot their brains. Apparently, they didn’t think they’d really need them.

You’re driving down the road and suddenly you realize you have no idea where you are, where you’re going, or how you got there. You forgot your brain!

You react to something. Then suddenly you realize, if any conscious thought had been involved you never would have said what you just said. You forgot your brain.

You’re with the people you love but your brain is somewhere else. You’ve got that glazed over look again. Everybody can see it. You’re looking right past the most important moments in your life. Don’t you hate it when somebody does that to you. It’s like a disease.

If you want others to join you in the moment, you got to be in the moment. If you want to be in their lives later, be in their lives now. Remember cat’s in the cradle. If you’re preaching team focus, you have to focus. If you don’t want regrets, every moment needs its own respect.

Show Up

Be there in the moment. Even if that t-ball game seems meaningless. Opportunities within this moment are already in the past. If you’re there right now, be there. Share the moment. Build the bond. Consciously focus on those people.

Breakthrough is not equations, it’s relationships. Is your team conscious or are they just replaying echoes because they’re somewhere else? If you want to execute from the same playbook, everybody has to be there when they are there.

If you’re going to show up, then show up. You know mind and body in the same place. Make it part of your stated mission. Imagine what that would do for your family, your team, your career, your productivity, and your purpose.

Getting on the same page starts by a real time experience with body, mind and spirit. When that happens, you’re destined for breakthrough.

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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