by Chris King

I woke to the buzz of my alarm clock and reluctantly peered out into the cold darkness. It was 4am at base camp on Mt.Shasta: Elevation—10,396 feet. The temperature was below freezing, and the last thing I wanted to do was trade the warmth of my down sleeping bag for the frozen tundra waiting outside, but something pulled at me.

My two friends—Chris and Barrett—and I had set out the day before with one intention: to reach Shasta’s summit—14,179 feet above sea level. I was already exhausted from the previous day’s trek to base camp. My feet were blistered; my belly growledwith hunger; my throat was parched.

I wanted nothing more than to stay in my little cocoon. Every excuse in the world ran through my head—some with gripping conviction. Reluctantly, I unzipped my down bag and stumbled out, rushing to put on my base layer fleece, raincoat,ski pants, down jacket, glovesand helmet.

Then I unzipped the tent and stepped out. The snow beneath my boots crunched as I got the first glimpse of the majestic mountain. I did it! I broke through my addiction to comfort.

I got out of that tent for two reasons:

One: I said I would—plain and simple. I’d come here to climb the damn mountain.

Two: My friend’s were counting on me, and I couldn’t let them down.

We set out with our ice axes into the frigid dawn as the most immense chunk of earth I’ve ever seen loomed before us.(Mt. Shasta is the 96th most prominent mountain in the world. Higher and higher we climbed. Through joy, pain, suffering and ecstasy, we pressed on until we reached the top of the world.

You know, building a yoga business is a lot like climbing a big mountain. There will be plenty of times you don’t want to get out of bed. There will be times you won’t feel like writing a blog post. There will be times you don’t want to teach. There will be times you feel like giving up.

But, you don’t, you just keep going. Why? Because you said you would. Yoga is your calling. There are people counting on you. They’re counting on you to show up.

I appreciate the many of you who’ve followed my work over the past few years. It wasn’t always easy, and there were many times I didn’t want to get out of bed, make a video, or write a blog post. But I kept going—just like you, and through that dedication great things are merging—for me, for my practice and for this business. All the keeping-going—I don’t regret a minute of it.

Remember: It’s a big ass mountain you’re climbing. Take one step at a time, be present and you’ll reach the summit. Then you get to slide down and do it all over again! That’s the journey.

Entrepreneur turned yogi, Chris King, founded Yoga Business Revolution in 2012 with one intention: to wake up the planet with yoga.