वक्रतुण्ड महाकाय सूर्यकोटि समप्रभ ।
निर्विघ्नं कुरु मे देव सर्वकार्येषु सर्वदा ॥
(I meditate on Lord Ganesha) Who has a Curved Trunk, Large Body, and Who has the Brilliance of a Million Suns, O Lord, Please make all my Works Free of Obstacles, Always.
The omnipresence of Lord Ganesha symbolizes and implicates in all aspects of life. Business and sales in particular has some great inferences from Lord Ganesha.
A story says that Lord Shiva once told his sons Ganesha and Kartikeya that whosoever circles the world three times and comes back first would get a divine fruit kept with Goddess Parvati. While Kartikeya left to circle the world on his peacock, Ganesha walked around his parents and said that his world were his parents. Needless to say, Ganesha won the fruit for his wisdom.
In sales as well, there will always be tasks which might appear huge initially. If your thinking is clear and you are competent, instead of just doing hard work, your tasks can be achieved by doing smart work. Using the available resources to optimum will help you to achieve the challenging targets.
Ganesha is the only God, who has given a free hand to his devotees to imagine his idol or picture in as many creative ways as possible. The devotees are allowed to recreate Ganesha in infinite number of forms.
Creativity may be best used for prospecting in the pre-sales process. Customer Care or after-sales process has enough scope for creativity as well. However, as in Ganesha’s many forms, the basic traits of sales are not to be forgotten.
A story mentions that Lord Shiva chopped off duty-bound Ganesha’s head when he stopped him from entering mother Parvati’s cave. When inconsolable Parvati wanted her son back, Lord Shiva placed the head of an elephant to resurrect Ganesha.
Devotion and discipline in any walk of life is the guiding force to success. Sales in not an exception. Sincere approach towards sales will ensure success. Remember, not everybody is as lucky as Ganesha to get replacement of head. There will be no second chance, in case you falter frequently in achieving sales targets.
Ganesha has big ears for listening, small eyes for concentration, long nose (trunk) for poking around to learn more, small mouth for talking less, big head for storing good ideas, big tummy for digesting criticism. Listening is more important in Sales than talking. Curiosity to learn more and open mind to welcome new ideas is a must. A mindset to sustain rejection and temperament to bounce back, will take any person a long way in his journey of sales.
The four hands of Ganesha viz. one which holds the Parshu or axe is the symbol of analysis, the second hand holds the ankush or goad which is the symbol of guiding and controlling. The Third hand is the blessing hand and asks us to be patient in life, the fourth hand has the Modak which signifies reward and motivation.
Sales involves analysis and studying various aspects by breaking things down. Sales is about the right balance between encouragement and restraint. Patience is key to life and sales as well. Rewards and recognition are an integral part of sales process.
Lord Ganesha is called the ‘Vighnaharta’, meaning one who dispels constraints. Enjoy the endless progress in sales with his blessings !!!