Control Holding Leaders Back

AUDIO: Why Being In Control Isn't What It Seems

by Greg Yates | Breakthrough Leadership

What to do when the illusion of control is holding you back.

We were flying across Missouri on a family vacation in my Piper Archer N47702. It was getting dark and even though the clouds were heavy, it was friendly IFR weather (Instrument Flight Rules). I didn’t mind.

The bad thing about instrument flight in the dark is that you can’t see the distinctions in cloud density or color. Without weather radar or a storm-scope in the aircraft (in those days), all we could rely on was information from the controller.

Everyone was tired and the kids were asleep in the back of the plane.

Suddenly, a downdraft caught the airplane and within a couple of seconds we had descended more than 300 feet. Only our seat belts kept us from bouncing off the cabin roof. No roller-coaster could prepare you for that extreme. I radioed Kansas City Center to let them know we were below our assigned altitude. Such weather needed to be reported since it couldn’t be seen on radar. As I talked, we were thrust upward while the G force of gravity compressed us in our seats. What had been a smooth ride suddenly found us looking for the nearest place to put down for the night.

The interesting part is that we stayed on course. We were locked on a heading and the airplane kept flying the heading I had set. What we hadn’t anticipated was that the course could take on a three dimensional characteristic.

  • We were on course. But, we were still in trouble. The course I had set took us right through forces more powerful than our controls.
  • If things weren’t strapped down, they would have turned into projectiles and gone right through the fuselage.
  • I couldn’t see what was really happening even though I believed I could. There is a huge difference between the two.

When it seems safe, I prefer God to let ME do the driving.

Needing Control Is Limiting Your Ability

I don’t know about you but if we’re in bad weather, I want to be the one doing the driving! But when a semi jackknifed in front of us and we slammed into it at highway speed, my prayer life was loud and clear. It’s all in your control, God!

Being in control isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. For some reason, I have difficulty seeing around the next corner or ten minutes into the future! I try to use my X-Ray vision but the least barrier blocks my view.

It limits my understanding.

If I’m in control, it can’t be all that challenging!

Sometimes I forget what God said about it.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

(Isaiah 55:8 – NIV)

The Ultimate Business Partner

We stroll along through life and we don’t realize we are walking through a mine field!

I thought I was in control. I believed I could navigate my business even though I didn’t see the storm coming. I didn’t have the strength or the wisdom to get through it much less have victory over it.

Here’s the good news.

God chose to partner with you! If he has called you into business, He has a plan.

A partnership with God means you have every capability and every resource necessary to ROCK YOUR WORLD. There is power that flows from God alone and it was meant for His Children. It was meant for YOU.

There is an amazing journey just beyond your control.

You can Break Through the fear that holds you back. You can turn that fear ON ITS HEAD.

Success always means going where others aren’t willing to go. Success is counterintuitive, we step outside our comfort zone.

Your Breakthrough begins when you Trust God beyond your ability to control.

Your Control is the ONE THING that is holding you backThe choice is yours alone but you don’t have to go there alone!

Join the Movement. Embrace the Breakthrough Leadership Challenge!

Add your comments to the conversation: What can you do daily to push yourself outside of your comfort zone? How could this create a positive change in your faith and your leadership? 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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