I’ve never heard anyone define what a ‘process’ is more clearly and simply than Alabama Football Coach Nick Saban.
Saban has a way of being able to focus his players on the dimple findsmentaknthingsbthatbit takes to be successful. Though he occasionally uses big rousing speeches I have found most of the time he is delivering maxims for living a fulfilling life.
“The process is really what you have to do day in and day out to be successful, we try to define the standard that we want everybody to sort of work toward, adhere to, and do it consistently. And the things that I talked about before, being responsible for your self-determination, having a positive attitude, having a great work ethic, having the discipline to be able to execute consistently it is you’re trying to do, those are the things that we try to focus on, and we don’t try to focus as much on the outcomes as we do on being all that you can be.”
Saban describes the process as simply focusing on what it takes to get to where you want to be instead of simply just getting there.
I think we are all guilty of this.
We all see the thing we want in life whether it be to lose 2 stones, get a promotion at work, or ace your university exams. We are a very end-result-oriented society. We’re excellent at visualizing an outcome we desire. What was not so good at is defining the steps, habits, and standards to maintain that it takes to get to that result (the process).
It’s about being where your feet are today and not somewhere far off in the future. Once you know where you stand you can ask yourself: what are the things you need to execute on a consistent daily basis to get to the result you want?
Then it becomes all about execution: doing the right thing the right way at the right time all the time.