2-Step Leadership Battle Plan

AUDIO: 2-Step Leadership Battle Plan

by Greg Yates | Breakthrough Leadership

To win any battle you need to have a battle plan. What you believe will influence your battle plan. What you believe influences what actions you’re willing and able to take.

Let me give you an example.

Learning To Fly

I had never been in an airplane before. When I was 17 years old I took flight lessons. My instructor decided to destroy my fear by demonstrating a power-on stall

Suddenly our straight and level flight was interrupted. I panicked.

Every muscle in my body was flexed and I had to force myself to even look outside the airplane.

In a flash, an important thought hit me. A belief I hadn’t considered. My instructor had thousands of hours in the cockpit and he was in there with me.

I knew with confidence that he was not going to allow anything bad to happen because he wouldn’t hurt himself. The “power-on stall”, forced me to switch my belief from, “My instructors putting me in danger.” to “My instructor would never put himself in danger so what am I worried about?”

Changing My Belief Changed My Action. My Actions Changed My Outcome

With my heart still pounding, I took the stick and decided I would do whatever he told me to do.

No matter how crazy it felt I had faith in him, even if I didn’t have faith in myself. It worked. I soloed in only 6 hours of instruction because that belief translated into corresponding actions.

The Power of Two Simple Steps: Changing Beliefs and Taking Action

Until I believed my instructor had a winning battle plan to teach me to fly, I couldn’t fly. Once I believed my instructor had a winning battle plan to teach me to fly I got unstuck. My own battle plan was to remain scared and stuck. My instructor’s battle plan was to help me reach new heights.

Everybody says ‘Just Do It!’

Can you just do it if you don’t believe in what you’re doing? Can ‘just’ taking action create a winning battle plan? Is it all about being ‘willing’ to get out of my comfort zone?

To go from where you are now to where you want to be, there are only two types of plans to choose from: Winning battle plans or losing battle plans.


There are a lot of battle plans that are doomed to failure from the start. Here’s why!

STRATEGY A: Pray But Don’t Try – Have you heard the joke about the Catholic and the Baptist? The story goes that if you ask a Catholic to pray about something, they will give you money. If you ask a Baptist to give money, they say they will pray about it.

STRATEGY B: Ask God to Bless The Plan I’ve Already Made – I’m still trying to find that scripture I’ve heard about so many times. “God helps those who help themselves.” Most of my business life was defined by taking action first, then asking God to bless what I was doing. I’ve always favored action over everything else. Take action, evaluate the action you took, adjust if needed, take more action. Learn and adapt on the fly. I had faith in my action.


If you want to have a winning battle plan, you need two simple steps…


  1. There’s a difference between knowing the path and walking the path. I know how to lose that last fifteen pounds. In fact, I’ve lost thousands of pounds in my life.
  1. Sayin’ it ‘don’t’ make it true. Mama used to say, ‘you can’t judge a book by its cover’. The Bible talks about a father asking his two sons to work in the field. One says, ‘sure’, but he doesn’t go. The other says, ‘No Way’, but ends up going anyway. Life is full of contradictions and most of them happen as a result of our “Core Beliefs”.
  1. Identify Discrepancies. Inconsistencies are always easier to see in others than in ourselves. In order to know our core beliefs, we must identify the deviations that unmask our Core Beliefs. We must be brutally honest.


Action is the evidence (it works both ways)

  1. Faith without works is dead. They are two sides of the same equation. To win in battle we must embrace both faith (which comes from our core beliefs) and the naturally resulting action items. (James 2)
  1. The equation must be balanced. Talk is cheap. What I say about my beliefs (my faith) is only true when it balances out with the actions I am taking. Action is the evidence!
  1. Faith and action define each other. You can’t force the equation into alignment. The bible says that “Faith is the evidence of things not seen”. When we look at our actions, we distill our true beliefs. When we must force our actions, they are NOT in line with our true beliefs.

The evidence of faith will be seen in our works. It’s not that works are better than faith or that we do works to prove our faith… it is automatic. We don’t choose to act on our beliefs consciously so we can ‘prove’ to someone that we have a certain belief. It just happens. That is natural correlation between faith and works.

That is the divinely occurring design for “The 2 Step Battle Plan.”

A boxer punches with his fists but everyone knows that the power comes from his core. If you want to be effective in battle, it will come from the platform of Core Beliefs manifesting powerful actions intended for your success.

I’d like to hear your comments. As a leader, where has your battle plan has caused you to get stuck in the past? How has the two-step battle plan outlined here helped you think differently about your future?

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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