Are You A Pioneer

by PJ McClure on December 20, 2012

Satisfaction is fleeting and the sacred feels to restrictive. If there is a way, that must mean a new way can be found. These are thoughts and feelings that dominate the existence of inventors, explorers, scouts, pathfinders, trailblazers, innovators, reformers, and forerunners. All combined could be called, Pioneers.

A pioneer, by definition, is someone that takes the lead to open up a new area. Their interests aren’t in the smoothly surfaced, well-worn path, but in the untamed land of which no path is blazed! Their call is to prepare the way for others and it is a call not everyone hears.

There is nothing wrong with you if the pioneering spirit doesn’t catch you. Not everyone can fit that bill and thank God! Pioneers are not exactly the best choice for developing or optimizing the newly explored areas. We need a different mentality to make the most of the pioneers willingness to go first. 

I know myself to be a pioneer-spirit. For years I tried desperately to fit into the mold of settler and developer only to end of up miserable and looking for something new to do. I’m drawn to rough landscapes that might contain untold beauty and adventure. My feet prefer to find their own way through. 

If you wonder that a pioneer spirit might dwell in you, I have a collection of hints I read from Dutch Sheets that might help you identify if it’s true.

  • You are often dissatisfied with things as they are and you want to help change them.
  • Something deep inside of you comes alive when you hear someone talk about making a difference.
  • Being in the right is more important than being in the majority.
  • The inconvenience of change bothers you less than the staleness of stagnation.
  • Trying, even when you fail, is more appealing to you than risk-free living.
  • You refuse to quit, realizing that dead-ends and failed attempts are just part of the path-finding process.
  • The beaten path doesn’t beckon you but uncharted wilderness does.
  • The boredom of the familiar scares you more than the fear of the unknown.
  • Status quo bothers you.
  • You have a warrior spirit that would rather fight, even die, than forfeit liberty.
  • You’d rather advance a cause than maintain a position.
  • Playing it safe isn’t appealing to you.
  • You can’t seem to leave well enough alone.
  • You want your life to count for more than money and pleasure.
  • Makin’ a difference means more to you than makin’ it big.
  • You’d rather die trying than live trying not to die.
  • You march to the beat of a different drummer, and you often hear a completely different song.

How many of these resonate with you? Any answer is fine, but if you know in your heart that the role of pioneer fits you… be one! Start where you stand and step out boldly. Where can you go and in what area of life that will make a difference to someone?

Please don’t let good enough win.

Andrea December 24, 2012 at 2:54 am

If I could say, “being true to my better self matters more than being in the majority”, then I match the list.

We seem to best belong in transitions and chaotic times: I know I do – and that I’m a menace to the placid ways of the mainstream. And they are just as valid and essential as I am.

If I had a wish – as a pioneer I can improvise and make do and live on the smell of an oily rag, and I’m proud of that, but, but – how do I let my independent spirit connect with and enjoy Good Things, too? I’m somewhat fed-up with the ‘either frugal pioneer or hireling’ mindset I’m carrying.

Thanks for this article.

Annette December 21, 2012 at 5:37 am

Awesome!! Totally resonates with me. Funny, because it has been a word that keeps coming up for me lately. The more I understand the concept and role as a pioneer, the less I question the resistance, criticism and judgement from others. It helps me to say, yes!! I am absolutely in the right place! And this is why- because these are the things, as you walk out a pioneers path… Well, not walk, rather its more like trudge, blaze, stomp, trip, get up again and thresh out your pioneer path ;) who knows what I’m talkin about?….. That I understand this in fact is the path I am designed for, equipt for and called to journey along!!! Yes!!! Want to hear more on this topic PJ! Thanks so much. This really confirmed so much for me today.

steve December 20, 2012 at 9:37 pm

This is spot on! Thanks PJ

Brenda Register December 20, 2012 at 7:15 am

Oh boy, was that good stuff PJ. Thanks I needed that. I’ve been stuck too long, and remembering who I am is step one. I fit the description and I’ve known that I’m the pioneer type. Dutch Sheets was our Pastor in Colorado and I he is a great man of wisdom and out of the box with God. I value the insights in your article. Liberty is the most valuable thing we can posses as pioneers and the very reason Jesus came to earth.

LoveWisdom December 20, 2012 at 3:42 am

Great article. Now talk about the opposition, the resistance and ridicule that pioneers go through before their gifts are received or their value understood.

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