The first day my husband Dave and I met was also the first day I ever rock climbed. It was a multi pitch epic climb, it took us a good part of the day. I was terrified the entire time not trusting the rope to hold me if I fell, not trusting my shoes to stick to the rock and not knowing where we were going or how far it was to make it to the top. It was an experience bordering on traumatic and I was hooked.
It was love at first sight that day for climbing and for Dave. In the same way we fell that day, we fell for our Network Marketing company 2 years ago.
One of the first things you learn as a climber is how to communicate with your climbing partner. Your partner says ON BELAY, and you say BELAY ON. Meaning you have checked your gear and are attached to the the rope. You are letting each other know you are prepared and safe to climb. Then you let them know you are climbing by saying; CLIMBING. They say CLIMB ON and you climb.
It occurred to me today there are many similarities between rock climbing and Network Marketing and not just getting to the top! As a climber you understand the goal is the top of the pitch and although you set that goal you must focus on the task at hand to succeed the climb. One of the things I immediately loved about climbing was it required my attention to be 100% present. Hand hold solid? Next hand hold. Foot hold solid? Next foot hold. Repeat. Small steps to the top, sometimes in inches, sometime large awkward leaps, sometimes losing ground. But always present when moving forward.
I cannot imagine how it would have worked if we had made a few moves upwards and then just focussed our sights on the very top of the mountain.
We took on our Network Marketing career with our entire hearts and bodies. Now, 2 years into the process, it feels as though we are hanging from a belay station looking upwards. We have not even yet glimpsed the top of the mountain and where we came from seems pretty far away too. There have been times in my climbing experience that I have said. I can’t do this. Lower me down. It’s too hard. Times when I NEVER thought I could do a route but completed it. Times when I HAD to lead because my partner couldn’t or didn’t want to go first. Times when being lowered down was not an option and continuing to climb was the only option.
Rock climbers watch each other, watch moves, study other climbers and if they are really good like my husband they fully understand leverage. Rock climbers repeat moves over and over until they create something called an repertoire engram, a movement where it takes no thought to complete. The body knows the move and executes it with out thinking. One of our great mentors Kody Bateman calls this level four competence, or unconscious competence. Once you have achieved this level of competence in sharing your business, climbing to the top becomes much more fluid and elegant. It still requires a lot of hard work, tough spots, long days and energy. It still requires positive affirmation. It still requires consistency. It still requires whole heart and body.
Recently, I’ve found myself hanging from a belay station searching for the view to the top. I have found myself looking down from where I have come, I feel as if we should have climbed further by now... I find myself checking in, can we do this grade of climb? Can we continue to the top? Do we have enough energy, time, resources to get there?
Then I note how solid my climbing gear is. I look at my climbing partner and I notice how we have improved. I see the other climbers all around. We understand we are climbing together. I know some of them wont’ make it. I know we cannot get to the top without each other. I know it is going to be hard work. Then I hear Eric Worre’s infamous words echo in my mind from his “Call to Action “speech from 1993. “I’m going to the top! You are either gonna to see me waving from the top or dead on the side, I’m not coming back!”
It’s then I realize this is one of those climbs where being lowered down is not an option. We can stay where we are or we can keep climbing.
Next hand hold.
Next foot hold.
On Belay? Belay on.