People of every age and shape filled the room. Some were in baggy T-shirts and some were in new Nike gym wear.
The music began and I heard the instructor’s words, “Work at your own pace.”
We started by doing some warm up exercises. It was fun imitating all the other people in the room by doing the simple movements designed to get our arms and legs moving in rhythm.
“RIGHT BASIC!” called the instructor. The warm up was over and the pace of the class was accelerating.
“8 – 7 – 6 – 5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1! Now LEFT BASIC!”
As the class went on I watched the people in the class who had obviously done this many times before. Suddenly my #1 goal was to not to fall flat on my face.
When my body began to fatigue, my brain felt like it was smeared with peanut butter. It was difficult to remember RIGHT and LEFT, let alone do the Samba or Charleston moves. I had to glue my eyes on the instructor to do the more intricate step movements.
RIGHT-V. TRAVEL LEFT. NOW 6 HALF HOPS OVER THE TOP. There were times when I just started laughing because I knew I looked hilarious.
By the end of class I was exhausted, yet I’d managed to make it through to the end without falling flat on my face. Over the next several days I felt muscles that I hadn’t felt in a long time, a reminder of my 60 minutes in the gym.
Several days later when I returned to the gym, I felt like I belonged. A new circle of friends was developing in my life, with similar purpose and passion.
There are similarities between a step class and network marketing.
- Find a trained, experienced instructor. She’ll know the basic instructions you’ll need to get you started on a path to success.
- Imitate the leaders. Find out what they do and do the same. You will bring your own personality into it, but stay close to those who are experienced and successful.
- Laugh! A good sense of humor helps to keep things in perspective. Don’t be afraid to laugh at your own mistakes. Those mistakes will help you move forward.
- Expect sore muscles. Networking will definitely stretch you mentally and emotionally. As with anything new, learning curves can be a little unsettling at times.
- The daily routines will eventually feel more natural with repetition. Soon you won’t feel like you have two left feet.
- Treasure the relationships you build along the way. Allow yourself the joy of knowing and accepting each one, no matter what their age or their shape…or if they have two left feet.
Your friend for life,