The Process

Today, I was reading the Pittsburgh Tribune Reviews’ Pirates Blog. The theme of this week’s blog post was about what Andrew McCutchen describes as, “The Process.”

The process is not a new term.  You’ll always hear professionals in almost any field use a similar word to mean the same thing.  “The Process,” means you’re doing the little things that most people don’t do and never notice, every single day.  You’re doing them day-in and day-out. Rain or shine.

You’re not focusing on the daily outcomes because you’re a professional.  You’re in this for the long haul.  You’re decision to continue to wakeup and repeat these tasks is not decided by today’s outcome or the next.  You realize that success does not come over night.  Success only happens when you stick with the process.

It doesn’t matter if you’re hitting baseballs, writing books, acting in plays, playing music, investing in stocks, or building a house. Your process, your method, or your routine is what allows you to reach your goal.

Here’s the thing.  If you don’t enjoy the process, then you’ll never achieve what you want in life.  That’s the thing a lot of people miss.  Everyone wants to be ball players or millionaire stock traders, or Academy Award winning actors, but most people don’t want to make the sacrifices when no one is watching.  They just want to accept the award when all the lights are on them.

I have news for you. No awards are won at the ceremony.

Source: Andrew McCutchen Interview