We Have Seen, and Know

My grandfather was the primary male influence in my life growing up. Many facets of my character can be directly traced back to him and his benevolent influence.Grandpa was born in Zürich, Switzerland, in 1918. Growing up in the Alps and serving in the Swiss army, he was an avid hiker and loved hiking to many idyllic alpine meadows. Even after immigrating to America, he frequently hiked the Rocky Mountains of Utah and Wyoming.

One of his long-time hiking friends spoke at his funeral in 2009. One aspect of his remarks struck me so much that I captured the reference on my smartphone and found the quote at my first opportunity. It’s from Rene Daumal, a French poet:

You cannot stay on the summit forever; you have to come down again. So why bother in the first place? Just this: What is above knows what is below, but what is below does not know what is above. One climbs, one sees. One descends, one sees no longer, but one has seen. There is an art of conducting oneself in the lower regions by the memory of what one saw higher up. When one can no longer see, one can at least still know.

We had a fantastic convention in January, and our Spring Forward! Regional Events are coming up in April. I love the energy and interaction of meetings like these, and even less formal gatherings. They provide needed recharging and serve as powerful catalysts for Market Partners and the corporate team alike. They help us see!

Yes, events end, and we “have to come down again.” Thankfully, “the memory of what one saw higher up” stays with us, and because we know MONAT is the right place at the right time, we move ahead with determination. Anyone who has attended one of our events will agree that after “seeing”—after catching the vision of what MONAT is all about—they conduct themselves differently. That’s the real power of events. Tap that power in your business—help your Market Partners understand the importance of events.

We’re looking forward to seeing you and your Market Partners at our amazing events this April!

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Jason Russell
Director of Communications

Show Me How To Do That

Some years ago, my now 12-year-old daughter asked me to show her how to tie shoes. So we sat on the stairs and I demonstrated the looping process a few times. It wasn’t long before she got the hang of it.

Afterwards, as one who does a lot of writing, I thought how much harder it would be to tell a child how to do that instead of showing it:

Take one end of the lace in your right hand and the other end in your left. Cross one around the other and pull tight. Now, with the end in your right hand, make a loop close to the shoe; the end of the lace should be at the bottom of the loop. Pinch it together with your fingers. Then, take the other end around the loop. Wait, is the shoe on your foot?
Showing someone how to do something is so much easier than telling! As a Market Partner, it’s much more effective for you to show a new Market Partner how to do something than just telling. Don’t forget, even before a Market Partner joins your team, you are demonstrating best practices in how you sample, host meetings, follow up, invite, and more.

True, the new Market Partner probably doesn’t realize you are “modeling” the right behaviors (and you might not either!). But once they’ve joined your team, they will pay you a big compliment by asking for your help. When they ask, “how do I host a MONAT meeting,” or “how do I share samples,” you have a ready response: “Remember how I did it? It’s easy—I’ll show you.”

In that sense, you are always “on stage”—you are always showing someone how it’s done. This shouldn’t worry you. It’s not about perfection; it’s about doing the best you can. On an even higher level, showing (and sharing) your passion for MONAT is the most fundamental aspect of attracting others to you. When you demonstrate a genuine love for our products and opportunity, you’re showing what is good and great about MONAT. Show it!

Jason Russell
Director of Communications

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