It’s so easy in this life to get caught up in trying to do what we think is right, looking to those around us or in front of us for direction or simply just trying to follow our own lead.
As children we’re compared to our peers constantly. Our friends and classmates become a sort of litmus test for how we’re doing in life. Behaviors, achievements, education, health – it’s all measured against our peers. But is this a healthy mindset to bring about the best in us? Or is it simply a solid structure to achieve mediocrity?
In our adult life we’re compelled to follow others on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat and a myriad of other social media outlets.
Are you using those around you as a roadmap to your own success?
Our current culture tells us to be strong – men and women – never show weakness, don’t be indecisive, go-go-go! But all too often this leads us to follow ourselves and no one can be a follower and a leader in the same motion.
The question then becomes: whose lead are you following?
Is it your boss?
None of those answers are going to get you where you’re meant to go.
Every leader needs a clear vision of where they’re going. A wise strategy on how to get there. Solid contingency plans on what to do when obstacles get in the way and a never-quit mindset that they employ to positively motivate those who are following them.
Where do these things come from? Leadership books? Motivational speakers? Self-help webinars?
While all those things are great accessories to achievements, none of them provide solid leadership.
So the question remains: Whose lead are you following?
In the end, you can choose to follow any number of things, but only one will get you where you’re meant to go. There’s only one leader, one path, one way to fulfill what you were designed to do.
Matthew 8:22 (NIV)
22 But Jesus told him, “Follow me…”
Mark 2:14 (NIV)
14 b “Follow me,” Jesus told him, and Levi got up and followed him.
Matthew 9:9 (NIV)
9 As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.