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AUDIO: How Your Tribe, Your Mentor, And Your Definition of Success Affect Your Career

by Greg Yates | Breakthrough Leadership

Last week we went to watch an equestrian competition where our neighbor, Sara, was competing. We watched in awe as riders became one with their horses, executing precision jumps and patterns over a complex arena. From others nearby we learned there were criteria we would never have noticed taking place. It was as if the communication between horse and rider were telepathic.

I learned later the communication was so subtle that small squeezes of the legs or slight finger movements on the reigns were all it took. Judges discerned between the competitors because those judges had first hand experience as riders, trainers and decades in the sport. My observations were surface at best.

You’ve watched the Olympics. Can you imagine being those judges? Being qualified to even offer an opinion is rare.

Strangely we aren’t that discerning when it comes to the coaches or the judges we select for our lives.

How many riders would make it to the competition if they didn’t engage in purposeful training that required immersive repetition to get it right?

I think we’re finding out what happens when the national perspective is from people who are judging a process they’ve never actually participated in.

If you want to GET IN THE GAME of your own created purpose, it’s going to require a little more than a test drive.

Here are the 3 things you need to get in the game:

1st: Your Own Personal Definition of Success

If you haven’t answered that question in massive detail, you’re destined to be on the sideline of your own life.

It must be something it would be an atrocity to live without. Stop explaining all the reasons it’s not logical or you’re not equipped to really live your life.

Draw a bead on what matters to you and start from there.

2nd: Your Own Tribe

Some practice happens by yourself but everything was meant to be done with your Tribe.

If you’re on a journey you have to travel with people who have the same destination in mind. Those are the voices and the hands of strength you will need to reach your definition of success.

3rd: Your Own Coach

Everyone has strengths and everyone has weaknesses. Practice isn’t what makes champions. Perfect practice does.

They say a lawyer representing himself has a fool for a client. Even professional athletes rely on coaches and trainers who shape them beyond their own skills.

When you lose your ability to be coached, you’re done.

Don’t get trapped in your own thinking; listening to the voices of deception in your own head. You can become far more than you are today, no matter where you happen to be in the process of life. Choose a path of specific growth toward goals with purpose and passion. Join people who will run with you and find a coach to submit yourself to in the process.

Your definition of success is waiting to be the most exciting journey of your life. Don’t let amateur judges or Monday morning quarterbacks keep you off the playing field.

It’s time to get in the game.

Add your comments to the conversation: 

What’s stopping you from fully pursuing your definition of success? What’s success look like for you? Debt-free? Working less? Starting your own business? Leading the company you currently work for? 

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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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