The Pioneer Spirit is so essential to having a vibrant, productive and successful life. At least it is essential to having an exciting life. I guess you can be productive and successful without being particularly daring, but all of us share at least some of these qualities, as they are part of the human makeup. For those who have all these qualities and more, I say, keep on truckin’. If you don’t, let these motivate you to get up and do what you have wanted to do all along. Just don’t use them in the wrong way.
- A Pioneer dares to dream: It may sound cheesy, but even the Bible says, “without a vision the people perish” Proverbs 29:18. Motivational speakers, network marketers, visionaries, preachers, everyone says you need a dream to pursue. Life has dealt some people so many disappointing blows that they feel they cannot dream again, but don’t let the past win out over your future. Old things have past away, behold, all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17
- Pioneers are willing to leave their old life behind: This is a deal killer for many. They don’t want to leave family, or friends, or what they are familiar with to take the next step. But think of Abraham – he left everything in his old land of Ur to follow God’s promise. For the Christian, it’s more than a new job, or the chance for a promotion – it’s believing you have heard the will of God and you are willing to follow it, no matter the cost.
- A Pioneer is not content to remain the same: Sameness is a disease, a torture to the pioneer spirit. While he understands the logic of building a foundation and a reputation, once he has done that at one level, he must break out and pursue another level. The adventure is not necessarily at the end of the rainbow, it is in the pursuit of the rainbow. The experience of moving onward and upward is the adventure.
- A Pioneer is compelled to make the effort: Since the pioneer spirit has dreams and a lust for adventure, he always wonders what is out there that he hasn’t discovered yet. If a particular challenge presents itself, he envisions what “success” would look like and realizes that he may not even be able to fathom where life could take him. Then, the possibilities become the prize, and he cannot go through life not knowing what could have happened if he didn’t at least try. He is compelled to try, or he will be miserable the rest of his life wondering what would have happened.
- A Pioneer sees present limitations as hindrances to future opportunities: What some people may consider to be normal and reasonable to take into account, a pioneer sees as an excuse to not take the chance. Rather than accepting limitations as constructive or rational, he looks at them as hurdles that are meant to be jumped. The phrase, “Son, we all have to know our limitations” is not in his vocabulary.
- A Pioneer knows the risk: Far from being naive, or simple minded in his pursuits, the pioneer know full well that his attempts may fail.
To a cautious person, that is enough to make them content to stay where they are. To a pioneer, it is the price of admission to a glorious undertaking. Torpedoes? What torpedoes?
- Pioneers refuse to let caution triumph over glory: This may sound foolish to some who like to have all the contingencies figured out before they do anything. It’s like the difference between Patton and Montgomery. The British Field Marshall Montgomery was known as overly cautious. He would not mount an attack until he had all of everything he needed. Supplies, troops, Plan A, Plan B, Plan C. American General Patton, on the other hand, just charged ahead, annihilating the enemy with lightning speed. He got so far ahead of his supply trucks that his tanks ran out of gas! On a more reasonable note, preparation is good, but too much fear of the unknown, or consequences if things go wrong can stifle any progress or innovation.
Copyright © 2015 John D. Cooper