Thank you! to Gods in India and in Japan; after 50 days of alcohol fast
Finally, our Indian company, CACHATTO India Private Limited, obtained a PO, purchase order, from a customer. It was a significant PO, not because of its size or amount of money, but of its new approach the market and accomplishment following its way. It was after 50 days of alcohol fasting on my side.
I wanted our Indian operation to start getting a new string of sales with the new team structure we installed 18 months ago. We did set the right members, the right team spirit, the right attitude of hard work, and the right approaches to the market. Everything should have been ready to roll. However, there was one missing thing: a practical business.
When everything had been set properly, and outcome was not following, I thought the last thing I could do was to pray. This was my logic. If I were to sacrifice something important for me, Gods in India and Japan might help me instead. So, I made my pledge to Gods to fast my favorite alcoholic drinks until a PO comes.
My alcohol fasting started on January 1st at 3.30 am JST which was 12 mid-night sharp in India; in respect of Indian Gods. No alcohol until the first PO arrives; I had no idea when I could restart drinking. The only way I could help the team in India, was to pray quietly. No blame, no aggressiveness, but just imagining and hoping to achieve a new step ahead. A Gandhi approach, maybe.
On my side, I was quite happy being able to live without alcohol for a month. I felt healthier and my quality of sleep had improved. However, after a month of dry days, I started to think how nice it would be if I were able to enjoy good wine and food over good conversations. Dinners without alcohol started to feel very boring for me.
Our folks in India had insisted me that a PO should come anytime soon. I kept on checking my smartphone every evening. Yesterday too. While I was having a dinner with some customers in Japan saying, "If the PO came, I could start drinking." Unfortunately, while the dinner last night, it didn't come. It came last night after 11pm JST, 7.30pm IST. I was already asleep. I noticed about the PO this morning. Thank you! Gods in India and in Japan.
While I was reading notes from my colleagues in India, I felt glad, but they didn't instantly make me excited. However, it came gradually. The more I thought about the tough the dry days without any PO, not the alcohol dry days (haha), I gradually became emotional. It was a feeling of a new era starting. Of course, we still have many things and long way to go, but now our step is not zero, but one. We have been doing the right things, and results are starting to show up. Yes, we can!