Nick Saban is one of the most successful football coaches of all time. It may surprise you that he rarely talks about his championships, or even about winning. What he talks about almost constantly is The Process.
The Process has a mystical feeling not because it’s an abstract idea, but because it’s so simple. It’s so easy that anyone can do it – and the fact that 99% of people don’t do it is what has made Saban so remarkably successful.
What is The Process? Saban explains:
“Don’t think about winning the SEC Championship. Don’t think about the national championship. Think about what you needed to do in this drill, on this play, in this moment. That’s the process: Let’s think about what we can do today, the task at hand.”
When our heads are always in the clouds, we take for granted the small steps required to accomplish our goals. The next meal choice, the cold call you need to make, the meeting you’re walking into.
These are all part of the process and if we don’t repeatedly make the right decisions and give it everything we have, we can’t possibly think we’ll end up at the top.
As Saban said, let’s think about what we can do today. The task at hand. Follow The Process.