who is challenging you to pursue your dreams?

Do you have someone challenging you to pursue your dreams?  Or are you surrounded by people who are feeding your complacency?

One of the reasons that leaders don’t achieve their goals is that they don’t have mentors pushing them.

Recently I met with a pastor who was very discouraged with their ministry assignment.  They didn’t think they would ever be able to lead their church forward.  I asked them if they had a mentor, he said that he did.  I then asked if the mentor pushed him?  He replied, “No, my mentor just complains about his church.”  Really?  That mentor isn’t mentoring.  So I spoke potential into this discouraged pastor because I have people speaking potential into me.  It has made a huge impact in my life, and I want to help people move forward.

Here is an exercise for you: make a list of all the people who surround you… your family, your friends, your co-workers, your mentors.  Are they stretching you?  Are they seeing areas of complacency and pushing you forward?

If not, who can you give permission to challenge you?

Look for people who are:

  • chasing down their dreams.
  • overcoming obstacles.
  • becoming the type of person who you want to become.
  • are willing to ask tough questions.
  • mentored by people speaking into their lives.
  • living a life of learning and development.
  • pouring their lives into others.
  • outside your organization.

Recently one of my mentors challenged me to begin blogging again.  He saw potential in me that I didn’t see in myself.  Even though I replied with reluctancy, he told me that I could do it.  Here I am doing something that I didn’t think I would ever do again.  We all need people to believe that we can do it.

Do you have someone in your life that will challenge you, push you, call you out of your comfort zone?  If not, don’t wait.  Make the call.

Do you have a mentor who challenges you?  If so, what suggestions to do you have for those seeking these type of mentors?

If not, what keeps you from finding a mentor?