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AUDIO: The Invisible Line

by Greg Yates | Breakthrough Leadership

Something magical happens when we move past resolve and in to action. It’s the difference between an isometric exercise and the fluent motion of the dancer. For most of us it seems there is a pressure that must build before we take action.

The water has to boil. Our eyes have to adjust just a little bit to the unknown. But for the most part, it’s that first step that makes all the difference, especially when that choice is stacked so there is no going back: when diving into the pool moves from fear to pleasure.

Toe-dipping Isn’t Enough

Maybe you’ve noticed that most people spend their lives dipping their toes into the water and telling the stories of their experience. They sing songs of their bold toe-dipping. They are quick to give advice based on their vast experience of toe-dipping. They craft stories of the danger they faced and the circumstances beyond their control that stole the amazing experience from them, if only.

I love the statement comparing the years in your life to the life in your years because my experience is that it’s easy to talk yourself out of living the life you were created to enjoy. Yes, it has crisis and sometimes it hurts. But, what if I told you that unless it stretches you beyond yourself, your purpose, your potential, and your possibilities were never explored.

Do you dare to ask what impact you’re making on the world?

Do you crave the passion that gets you off the sidelines of your own life?

When will the price of inaction become too much to bear?

When will you finally reach the point you can relax in the stagnant waters of life and finally have peace from the decisions toward greatness that have nagged you so long?

It’s Uncomfortable, But The Reward is HIGH

Everywhere you are surrounded by people who explain away their inaction with such conviction they have finally relieved themselves of the burden of living their lives. My health, my knees, my family, my job, my condition, my wife, my past, my finances, my race, my city, my culture and just about anything else that can provide the COMFORT to relieve the calling to a life that longs to be really lived.

To live with vitality and passion you must step across the invisible line: the line into a world you never imagined was there waiting for you. And to step across that line, you MUST do these three wonderful, scary, things.

It will always come down to how you choose to commit yourself, surround yourself and stretch yourself in the daily process of your life.

1. Commit yourself beyond your ability to perform without expanding your resources, increasing your circles and falling on your knees at times in prayer.

2. Surround yourself with the people who share your passion and will fight with you to fulfill a shared mission. You can’t be part of an army if you’re camped out with the deserters.

3. Stretch yourself beyond societal definitions of success and refuse to accept anything less than your Highest Created Purpose.

There is a tendency built into our survival instincts to shelter ourselves from anything that might seem risky or test our mettle. But, it’s a trap. Sometimes you must choose whether you are satisfied to survive or whether you were created to THRIVE.

The Bottom Line

If you want to taste the essence of potential and the surging passion of joy, it will always involve stepping across that invisible line. I highly recommend it.


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Have you been resorting to “toe-dipping” lately to protect yourself from risk? What change have you been avoiding lately?

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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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