It's all about Balance and Staying Calm


It's all about Balance and Staying Calm


Years ago I was involved in an intensive leadership course that went on for weeks. One of my favorite experiences was the High Ropes Course.  It scared  the living bajeebers out of me! They roped us up and then one by one we had to lean over a cliff - kind of like we were going to take off like a bird. I didn't handle it well on the first try but by my 2nd try I realized that we were totally safe. What a freeing feeling looking out over a gorgeous valley 'flying'. Well not really flying but it felt like time was suspended. A few years later when I was on staff one of the guys who was roped up had this idea that he was supposed to jump off and climb back up. OMG you can imagine our surprise when we saw him go over the cliff! Thankfully he was just fine. He came up smiling thinking that was the best thing ever! From then on we gave better directions about how High Ropes Course was all about Balancing Oneself and Life.


The 50 foot telephone pole was my favorite. We had to climb up the pole and then stand up on both feet, all the while the pole was swaying (seemed like a LOT of swaying) due to nerves!  At the bottom of the pole I could hear everybody cheering me on and saying stuff like - you can do it Anna, go for it Anna.  So I did. Once I got balanced I stood up tall looking out over the valley and thought WOW this is amazing!  What I forgot to do was reach out for the golden ring which was a couple of feet away. Instead at some point I lost my balance, tried to regain it but alas I could not. I remember thinking at the time that I had failed the exercise but I knew I really didn't. I got many more chances to climb the pole over the years and it was a blast. What I learned was the more I stayed balanced throughout the entire process, and kept my mind calm, I could accomplish anything. That was a big awareness for me back then. I've brought it forward to this moment and from time to time when I need a little balance in my life I look at this picture  - and remember the lesson.  It's all about Balance and Staying Calm in every situation!


It's all about Balance and Staying Calm


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Anna there would not be a leaning "over a cliff" for me no matter how much I was roped up.  Nope, Nope, Nope!!!

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 1 year ago

What a great lesson Anna!  I would probably be scared up there, but oh the view --I think I would work past the fear to enjoy the birds' eye view!

Posted by Sonja Patterson, Texas Monthly 5-Star Realtor Recipient for the Hou (Keller Williams - BV) over 1 year ago


What a wonderful post, and what a lesson you gained from doing this.  Bravo for sticking with it!  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) over 1 year ago

Wow, Anna, I love this story. Every word. You were in the zone -totally focused  in the moment - and that is a feeling of total serenity. This is so cool, thanks for sharing. D 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) over 1 year ago

Anna, that looks like a blast and a great learning experience. It's always great to see how far we can really go. 

Posted by Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro (Cornerstone Business Group Inc) over 1 year ago

What awesome lessons you learned from this exxperience, even though it would be a little difficult at first to look down!  

Posted by Susan Haughton, Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results. (Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545) over 1 year ago

Fantastic story, pushing yourself past the fear is freeing and what is needed at times to move forward and grow. Would love to try something like this Anna! *deep breaths*

Posted by Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR (Prado Real Estate South) over 1 year ago

Hi Anna, what an awesome exercise. Sometimes, I feel as though I have no balance between work and personal, if I allow myself, I would even believe it. Life is a balancing act.

Posted by Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL (Cam Realty and Property Management) over 1 year ago

omg Anna Banana Kruchten CRS,CRB You are brave indeed .  Staying balanced and calm what a way to learn .... most likely better then the way I did .  

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) over 1 year ago

Anna, great lessons/exercise. I wouldn't mind trying this as long as I knew the ropes would hold me :)  

It's all about Balance and Staying Calm in every situation!

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty) over 1 year ago

Anna - I don't believe I would ever do either of those things.I've always said the highest I want to be off the ground is the back of a horse.

My younger son is a power lineman and loves nothing better than climbing poles or "flying" in a bucket far above the earth. For him a 50 foot pole is "short." I have no idea where he got that - surely not from me.

Posted by Marte Cliff, Your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) over 1 year ago

I am glad there are people like you who enjoy heights. I can do lots of crazy stuff including a free ascent from 200 feet underwater or cave diving but not telephone poles Anna Banana Kruchten CRS,CRB 

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Northwest.) over 1 year ago

Anna, when I was going through West Point and Infantry School as well as Ranger School we called this type of activity a "Confidence Course" and indeed it stayed with me that I could do anything, I had the confidence, that it would work out, Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) over 1 year ago

Anna-You are a brave gal for sure but that is part of what makes you so special. While I am not afraid of heights I don't believe I would attempt that. Way to go.

Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) over 1 year ago

Anna, thanks for sharing from your own experience.

Some really good lessons you learned.

We must trust others and our selves.

We must find the balance and then enjoy the view.

Posted by John Wiley, Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA (Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty) over 1 year ago

That is quite a picture illustration, Anna.  I have enough trouble staying on my feet when there is solid ground under me.  I'l likely fail, no matter how calm I'd stay in that little maneuver.  I'd be counting on those ropes a lot.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) over 1 year ago

Thank you Anna for sharing your story.  I have a Dr. client and one of the transactions we were involved in was a bit stressful.  I'll never forget what he said. "As long as eveyone's breathing and you can stop the bleeding, there's no problem we can't get through".  Whenever i'm working with a frantic agent (yes, me included sometimes!), buyer or seller, I remember this and pass it on to them.  I would love to experience a similar 'self improvement' bootcamp.   

Posted by Dan Jasmer, Changing the way you look at real estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate) over 1 year ago

I really would like to say that I would get past the fear and do these things, but knowing myself as I do I strongly doubt I would do it. How wonderful for you that you didn't let the fear hold you back!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) over 1 year ago

Good morning Anna. I think you are on the money. I agree completely and what a wonderful experience.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 1 year ago

Anna, what a wonderful learning experience and one that has clearly stuck with you over the years. I'd love to try something like that out. The sense of accomplishment must have felt so good. You're right, it's all about balance and staying calm.

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) over 1 year ago

You really are brave Anna Banana Kruchten CRS,CRB Even with the ropes and harness, I'm not sure I could do what you're doing in the picture! You are right about balance and calm. Good advice to follow every day. Have a great weekend!

Posted by Victoria Ray Henderson Marshall Henderson, Real Estate for Home Buyers with Buyer's Edge (Buyer's Edge Company Inc) over 1 year ago

Damn, woman! You and those dizzying heights! You're FAR more Mountain Goat than I am! I prefer Starfish, lounging in the tide pool. But yeah, stand like mountain, flow like water . . . resistance and unbalance will get you killed! You crushed it! <3

Posted by Candice A. Donofrio, 928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text (Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker) over 1 year ago

When i was younger, i may have made it sway more, now i am all set with climbing 50 ft poles Anna Banana Kruchten CRS,CRB . Well it is 74 degrees warmer here today than last week. From -14 to 60 right now. 

Posted by Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents (Godzyk Real Estate Services) over 1 year ago

Thank heavens I proved to myself early on that I can do anything I set my mind to. Nowadays, I give myself a break when it comes to proving something to myself. Whatever I set my mind to, the goals, I know I can stick to it and complete them.

Posted by Hella Mitschke Rothwell, Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker ((831) 626-4000) over 1 year ago

Oh, I LOVE this story, Anna! Oh, the things we learn with simple exercises that we have absolutely no clue we are learning! Wonderful story and analogy.

Happy Saturday!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods ( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) over 1 year ago

Another great post, Anna. When we take the time to think about it, balance is the key. In this crazy business, filled with peaks and valleys, mainrtaining balance is great advice. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Delphine Nguyen (Baird & Warner) over 1 year ago

Good evening Anna Banana Kruchten CRS,CRB ,

Life is a balancing act and a conscious effort to keep on a level play field has  helped me tremendously! Love your is spot on!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) over 1 year ago

Anna- but for the fact that I'm scared to death of heights, it sounds like a good teaching experience. LOL  I couldn't even climb up Larry's deer blind. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 1 year ago

Sounds like quite a thrill. Balanced and calm are not my strongest traits, but ones I'm striving to improve in 2018.

Posted by Dana Hollish Hill, Lead Associate Broker (Hollish Hill Group, KW Capital Properties) over 1 year ago

Sounds like fun. I wonder if my brain would be writing checks my body can't cash. lol Age is catching up.

Posted by Chris Griffith, Bonita Springs Listing Agent (Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL) over 1 year ago

Great analogy Anna.  You are spot on as always!

Posted by Gordon Crawford, Your Morris County Specialist! (Gordon Crawford Home Selling Team) over 1 year ago

Hi Anna

That sounds like quite a series of experiences and some good learning. I'll take the learning on your word and keep working on maintaining a balance and staying calm.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) over 1 year ago

I've done high ropes courses several times through leadership and personal development trainings - and even once for fun with a single group (years ago).

It's good to challenge us and those moments can prepare us for "the real world".

Posted by Anthony Kirlew, Helping You Make Fiscally Sound Choices (Keller Williams Legacy One Realty) over 1 year ago

Good morning Anna Banana Kruchten CRS,CRB .  Sometimes we learn a lot from perceived failure, don't we?  One failure can take us to amazing new heights.

Posted by Carol Williams, Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager (Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals.) over 1 year ago

Good morning, Anna!

Another way to learn balance and staying calm is with horses.  Riding a horse is all about balance.  If you are off balance, there is a good chance you will end up off the horse.  Plus, since horses mirror the riders, if you are nervous, the horse will be nervous and worry.  If you stay calm, the horse will also be calm.


Posted by Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker, The Broker with horse sense and no horsing around (Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd.) over 1 year ago

Anna, balance and staying calm is key to overcoming tough situation, nice article.

Posted by Steven Nickens, R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii (Elite Pacific Properties Maui) over 1 year ago

Balance and calm is key to a happy life Anna Banana Kruchten CRS,CRB but someting so many find difficult to do!


Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) over 1 year ago

That is true of many areas of life. Thank you for sharing your adventure with us!

Posted by Corey Martin, Real Estate and Management Solutions (Martin Presence Group) over 1 year ago

Dear Anna,

Definitely. If you want to stay alive, at some point, you have to overcome fear & push forward.

Posted by Dörte Engel, ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland (RE/MAX Leading Edge) over 1 year ago

I could imagine that single feeling and memory of it is so inspiring.  Good for you!

Posted by Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN (Value Added Service, 602-620-2699) over 1 year ago

Yikes - that looks scary.  Of course just climbing the telphone pole would be a challenge in itself.  Good job.  You reached the top and took in the view!

Posted by Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living! (Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado) over 1 year ago

I’m not a fan of heights but I definitely try to maintain calm and balance in my life. Great story. Thanks for sharing. 

Posted by Joyce Marsh, Regional Manager Regal Christie's Int'l Realty (Regal | Christie's International Real Estate) over 1 year ago

Story of my life with my life and my business, especially with the Feng Shui aspect.

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 1 year ago

Joyce Marsh, Daytona Beach Florida I have a story somewhere in my blog about Everest and it was pretty crazy. But you don’t have to go that far, I’m a little crazy that way.

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 1 year ago

Anna, That is wonderful that you did such things!  I have a bad fear of heights and get sweaty palms even hearing about such things.  So not sure I could do what you did.  But doing balancing on one foot in yoga is more for me, even thought that is hard also.  Very good practice....balance and staying calm.

Posted by Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA (Century 21 Absolute Realty ) over 1 year ago


 What a wonderful life lesson in business and personal life. I had situation this week ( personal) where I blew, my son said you should have stepped back, I told him that I thought about it and then said no because I had stepped back for 3 years and it was time to blow! 

Posted by Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert over 1 year ago

Woman! That's spectacular! Let me relay a story of how I once went hang-gliding in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. How I WISH I had been tethered so I could physically stand on the cliff and peer over the edge. I didn't have the nerve to lean over. Thankfully I didn't have to JUMP off that cliff to hang-glide as I never would have made it. Thank goodness for balance and staying calm!

Posted by Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell (Front Gate Real Estate) over 1 year ago

That sounds like a fun way to build confidence and discipline.  Balance is important in everyday things, and it's good to have the experience knowing you can do it!

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 1 year ago

Anna Banana, I admire you. I may have been willing to do this in my younger days but, not now.

Posted by Carla Freund, Raleigh - Cary Triangle Real Estate 919-602-8489 (Keller Williams Preferred Realty) over 1 year ago

Bravo!  I have always been pretty fearless (maybe even to the point of it being a bad thing), but I love that look at the photo of you being fearless to motivate you in other parts of your life.  That's a great idea.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 1 year ago

I use my memory of fire walking at a Tony RObbins event to remind me that I can do the things that I want to do and am fearful of trying. 

Posted by Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA, (Keller Williams Capital Properties) over 1 year ago

As I was reading this Anna Banana Kruchten CRS,CRB I had not looked at the picture and I was imagining you on that telephone pole with no harness. I felt so much better looking at the photo!

No wonder you are so darn have trained! Congratulations and thanks for sharing.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 1 year ago

Agreed! Learn how to count up to 100 and always stay calm...;)

Posted by Ricardo Mello, Manhattan & Miami Real Estate Agent (Manhattan Miami Real Estate) over 1 year ago

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