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Embrace the Process

I think we’ve all been there. You set a big goal, and it’s a goal that gets you excited. It’s something that you’ve always wanted to accomplish, and now it seems within your grasp! The only thing standing in your way is the time, energy, and sacrifice that it takes to reach this goal of yours.

Now don’t get me wrong. While I did say that this goal is very exciting, and it is something that really motivates you, I did not say that it is easy to accomplish. And honestly speaking, the goals that are really worth something are rarely easy to accomplish anyways.

So, if you want to achieve this big goal of yours, it’s going to require some perseverance, diligence, and discomfort. (You’ll notice, by the way, that I’m leaving this goal open-ended because it could be anything from a health and fitness goal to a career or life goal. The important thing is that it is a meaningful goal to you!)

Unfortunately, the need for perseverance, diligence, and discomfort is what causes many people to give up on pursuing their goals. Once they begin running into roadblocks – whether they are physical, mental, or emotional roadblocks – they retreat back to their comfort zone and stop pursuing their goals.

I recently heard someone say that our society is addicted to comfort. I think in many cases that is true. However, accomplishing a big goal often requires some real discomfort. Doing something that matters in life will usually push you outside of your comfort zone – in a good way.

Now I do not mean to imply that only weak people face these challenges, or that someone who struggles to accomplish their big goal is fundamentally flawed.

As a matter of fact, many strong, talented, hard-working people also fail to achieve big goals. That tells me that it is not just a matter of grit and determination, but rather it is a matter of focus.

Allow me to explain what I mean by this.

Often, people get discouraged in the pursuit of their big goal, because they focus solely on the big goal. In other words, they’ve got their eyes fixed on the prize. But in this case, that is their biggest downfall.

Why is that? Well, those big goals are hard to accomplish if they are not broken down into manageable steps that are easier to conquer. Taking on a goal that requires several months or years to accomplish is admirable, but few people can sustain themselves by ony focusing on the end product.

Instead, it is far better to take the approach of breaking down goals into monthly, weekly, and daily action steps, and once you have those in place you can focus on achieving what is necessary to accomplish today.

After all, you can only do one thing at a time, so you might as well put all your focus into what matters today!

This day-by-day, moment-by-moment way of approaching big goals – as well as life in general – is what head football coach at the University of Alabama, Nick Saban, refers to as “The Process.”

Saban preaches “The Process” to his players, coaches, and staff, and it’s what he attributes all of the success he has had at Alabama to. And just to give you an idea of how successful Saban has been at Alabama, let me give you a few of the numbers.

Saban’s career record as a college football coach is 285-69-1. That’s right – he’s won 285 games and only lost 69. That means he wins 80% of the games he coaches!

He has been the head football coach at the University of Alabama since 2007, and during that time, they are 194-27. That’s right, they’ve won 170 games and only lost 23. That’s nearly a 90% winning percentage!

Saban has won 7  National Championships as a head coach, and he has won many other awards and accolades during his career. Forbes magazine has even referred to him as “The Most Powerful Coach in Sports.”

Taking a look at those numbers, it becomes evident that Saban’s success did not happen by accident. So what is this method that he has for building such a successful football program? Well, let’s take a look.

The Process

Saban’s basic belief is that if you focus on the desired result instead of focusing on the consistent, methodical daily preparation required to achieve that result, then you are destined for failure. Improvement and progress toward your goal is a steady, day-by-day march, and you have to be committed to focusing on what you have to do each day to move toward your goal.

Embracing the process means that you choose not to focus on the successes or failures of the past, and you refuse to be distracted by what could happen tomorrow. Rather, you stay in the moment and put 100% of your focus on the here and now.

For Saban’s players, that means that they cannot focus on what happened in the previous football game, good or bad, and they cannot focus on the upcoming game. To embrace the process, they simply must show up to practice each day, and give everything they have to the drill they are in, the film session they are in, or whatever else is necessary today to build success.

To me, that’s a powerful lesson. It’s all too easy to get caught up daydreaming about what could happen tomorrow or what I want to happen tomorrow. However, the thing that I want to accomplish tomorrow will never be accomplished if I don’t put in the work today.

Saban has been quoted as saying, “It’s the journey that’s important. You can’t worry about end results. It’s about what you control, every minute of every day. You always have to have a winning attitude and discipline, in practices, weight training, conditioning, in the classroom, in everything. It’s a process.”

Focusing on the future is simply distracting and anxiety-inducing. Focusing on the little things that you can accomplish right now is rewarding. You cannot always control the outcome, but you can control the effort you put in today to move toward your goal.

I could go on forever discussing this all-important topic, but I will refrain. Whatever your goal is you need to get busy with what you can do right now to accomplish it. So, I will leave you with these questions:

What can you do right now to move you closer to your goal?

What can you stop focusing on that is only distracting you from what you need to do right now?

Once you know the answer to these questions, all that is left is to let go of the things that are distracting you and throw yourself into what you can do right now. Stay in the moment, give it 100% of your effort, and you will not be disappointed in the outcome.


P.S. If you need help building a focused plan that will get you to your goal, my team and I at The Med Gym specialize in building custom training, nutrition, and wellness plans. Here are two ways you can get started today:

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