Trust the Process

Anyone who pays somewhat attention to the sports world has heard these three words…

“Trust the process.”

My wife is a coach and fitness instructor, so I hear these words at least once a day. But even if you aren’t a sports fan or been around athletics, you may have heard these words from a boss or a leader in some capacity.

I think one way this saying can get misconstrued is relating it to “following blind”.

Some players may think their coach is just asking them to do EXACTLY what they are saying without question. Some employees who hear their boss say this may think it’s a way to get his employees to stop inquiring on the direction of a campaign. Students may think this saying is just a way for teachers to not have to answer any questions.

I know that my difficulty with this saying in the past has been assuming that if I just go through the motion, do what I’ve been told, plug X in, then I should get Y as my result. Right?

From my experiences, that’s not always the case. When I hear “Trust the process.” It now means… FORGET about the results.

When learning something new or improving on a talent you may already have, you must trust the process of trying, failing, trying again, failing again, and so on.

Just because a coach says, dribble, jump off your left leg, extend your right arm, lay the ball off the square… does not mean that you will be able to make a layup.

Even the NBA MVP misses a layup.

“Trust the Process”

Although the process may not be as enjoyable as the results, when you stick to a process and continue to work, you’ll be surprised when the results come instead of disappointed in the fact that they didn’t come immediately.

What does “Trust the Process” mean to you? Would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.