As you’ve maybe guessed, the purpose of this post is to look at the similarities between Salesforce and yoga when it comes to flexibility and practice. So if you are looking to get started with either Salesforce or yoga, here are the primary 5 common elements of Salesforce and yoga (you might need a bit of Zen inspiration but I’m not going to cover this here).
1. Understanding the importance of goal setting.
Everything is so much easier to execute when you have a clear vision of your goals. With Salesforce, knowing your goals and objectives will save you time and keep you focused. When setting up goals with Salesforce, make sure that everyone involved is on the same page, the goals are agreed on and the next steps are defined. Moreover, sharing the goals with someone we know seems to increase the likelihood that we will stick at them. Similarly, with yoga it’s essential that you break down your goals and understand what you want to work on. As there are so many approaches to yoga these days, you may want to choose depending on your goals. You can go for Iyengar Yoga (if you want to focus on precise alignment in poses while keeping it safe), Ashtanga Yoga (choose more dynamic style for quickest results in flexibility and strength), Bikram Yoga (done in a hot room, focuses on flexibility), Vinyasa Flow Yoga (this is my favourite, and the focus is on mobility and improving circulation; plus, I find it the least boring), etc.
2. It’s all about the flexibility.
Flexibility is what attracts people to yoga and Salesforce. Almost everything you have ever imagined can be achieved with the kind of flexibility that Salesforce offer to its users. Moreover, due to its flexibility you can change the direction at any time without the need to outsource the more complex parts. Salesforce is a very flexible platform, where users (admins) could setup and customise the org without the need to write code or involve a dev team.
3. Empowering the user.
When the user is in control and gets to choose the goals, pace and frequency, and the time-frame, the chances for success substantially increase. However, as a user, you must enjoy what you do and don’t forget to continuously raise your bar, as you’ll only get better and better with practice. With both, Salesforce and yoga, once you’ve mastered the basics, it’s up to you to decide and choose your path. You can add more layers of complexity and discover new techniques as you advance your knowledge.
4. Training, support and hard work.
When it comes to learning Salesforce or yoga the training and support is crucial. Of course, the training and support that you receive is not going to replace the hard work and the hours that you need to put in, but it will definitely help. A good training and support network are always going to make the difference between growing into a confident master or a frustrated occasional user. That’s why it’s important to make sure that you are choosing the best practitioners and learning using the best courses.
The Salesforce Help and Training section is very helpful. Plus, there are awesome support communities that are free. With the Power of Us Hub and the Success Community you get access to thousands of Salesforce experts. Similarly with yoga, you will most probably want to learn more about the practice before doing a headstand in your first yoga class – a good teacher will be able to guide you through this.
5. Focus. Measure. Relax. Repeat.
Focus, measure, relax and repeat – these are my recommended rules to success with Salesforce and yoga. Once you’ve learned when to focus on working hard and when to relax, you’ve learned a key lesson on how to live a well balanced life. Measurement is also essential to both Salesforce and yoga – you need to constantly track your own progress after training and implementation in order to understand how far you’ve come (so go ahead and measure how you’ve improved from touching your toes since you started). Measuring the acquisition funnel from top to bottom is a challenge most companies would have these days, but if you manage to make progress on this front, then measuring it becomes even more important. Plus, it will help you to better understand what would be the required next steps. Consistency is the key to success with both Salesforce and yoga and in the long run you’ll get better at acknowledging that the choice is yours to make. So my final advice would be to focus on developing consistency in thoughts and actions and build mastery one step at a time.