3. Who are you following?
It’s not just a question of who follows you, but also a question of who you’re following.
I’m not talking about the podcasts you listen to, the blogs or books you read, or the conferences you attend. Our celebrity culture has created a mass following mentality that allows many people to follow influential leaders almost effortlessly. I’m not slamming this. I read and listen to leading voices all the time and love going to great events. I’m in when it comes to that.
But I think it’s easy to develop a false intimacy with these influential leaders, thinking we know them when in fact we’ve never met them, and in all likelihood never will. Someone you will never meet really can’t mentor you. Not optimally.
While you can learn from people you read or listen to, even more important are the people you actually hang out with.
On that note, ask yourself:
Who do I spend the most time with personally?
Who’s building into me, personally?
Who’s mentoring me?
Do the people I spend the most time with represent the kind of leader I want to be in five years?
Are the people closest to me helping me grow into the leader God has called me to be?
If the answers to these questions bother you, change the circle of people you hang out with. Find some leaders and mentors who can help you realize your potential. Seriously, send an email today to someone who can do these things for you before you close this blog post.
Know why this is so important?
As Jim Rohn says, you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.
I find that by asking myself these three questions on a semi-regular basis, I get a fairly accurate assessment of where I am.
How about you?
What questions would you add to this list?