Do you feel like you are the pioneer running ahead of everyone else? Like you are clearing the path and pushing aside the branches for people behind you?
It’s not always easy, is it? In fact, it can be downright uncomfortable! Even though it’s where you usually find yourself, sometimes you wish someone else would take a turn.
I know it can be a lonely place, too.
And if you are the one who waits for the path ahead to be cleared before you venture out, why should you care about the actions of the pioneer?
The truth is, there are aspects of the pioneer that you can apply to your own life.
You as Pioneer Trailblazer
The pioneer is an initiator, a pathfinder, a trailblazer. The pioneer is one who is willing, drawn, perhaps even compelled, to venture into unknown territory, into the creation or discovery of something new. If you are a pioneer you have a penchant for exploration with the willingness to forge the path itself. Maybe you don’t even have a picture yet of what it is, only a feeling or idea that you are following. You are out on the edge, exploring something that feels important enough to leave the familiar behind.
So even though it might be nice to take a break from this role, that wouldn’t be comfortable for very long. It’s your inner nature that has you exploring the new terrain.
The Inner Journey as Impetus for Taking Action
Your ever-unfolding inner journey provides the seeds for action taken in the outer world. The pioneer takes deliberate action, not making a change simply for its own sake. Often, as an existing project completes, a new picture from the pioneering mind emerges, initiating a different course. The pioneering spirit uses the project as a springboard, channeling what has been learned into other aspects of life.
Even If You Are Not
Each of us is responsible for creating our own life. So in truth, you could say that you are a pioneer for yourself. Even if there is no one following behind you. (And you never really know that, do you?)
What new trails are you ready to blaze? What paths are you forging? The path only materializes as you are willing to step into the unknown.
Take your first step. Why?
Because that’s when the next one appears.
Take a breath. Release it. Take another. Devote some dedicated time of concentration/meditation. It doesn’t need to be hours of quiet, perhaps only 15 minutes. Then allow the question to simmer within you. Let responses bubble up into your awareness. Notice new ways of thinking, of images or ideas that arise spontaneously. Pay attention to your dreams. Let it happen. Be aware. See where it leads you next. Let yourself savor this process of receiving from yourself. Don’t judge whatever comes up, just receive it. Make notes.
You may want to share something from this process. Sharing is an important way to anchor an insight in your body. It can lead you to deeper insight. It can stimulate action. Feel free to share whatever moves you.