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 that 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 for each other that day, we fell for our network marketing company two 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 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.One of the first things you learn as a climber is how to communicate with your climbing partner. Click To Tweet
It occurred to me today there are many similarities between rock climbing and network marketing—and it’s not just about 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 in the climb. One of the things I immediately loved about climbing was it required me to be 100% present and attentive. Hand hold solid? Next hand hold. Foot hold solid? Next foot hold. Repeat. Small steps to the top, sometimes in inches, sometimes large awkward leaps, sometimes losing ground. But always present when moving forward.There are many similarities between rock climbing and network marketing—and it's not just about… Click To Tweet
I cannot imagine how it would have worked if we had made a few moves upwards and then just focused our sights on the very top of the mountain.
We took on our network marketing career with our entire hearts and bodies. Now, two 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 a repertoire engram, a movement that takes no thought to complete. The body knows the move and executes it without 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 the whole heart and body.Rock climbers watch each other, watch moves, study other climbers and fully understand leverage. Click To Tweet
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 won’t’ 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.
Climbing. CLIMB ON.
Jennie Potter and her husband Dave own an award-winning tree service on Vancouver Island, BC. Together they build their network marketing business on the side. They recently received the 2016 Senior Manager of the Year Award from their company. Parents of two beautiful teens with hearts for adventure, this God-loving couple is passionate about changing the world with kindness one card at a time.