Today I was picking some t-shirts for a project that I am working on. Like always, I was a little behind schedule; the cashier was taking her time folding them… I tried to grab some of the shirts to help her but she stopped me by saying “I will be finished soon, this is a process…”
Her comment made me think about the word ‘process…’
First let’s find out what is the meaning of the word process? A process is a series of actions taken in order to achieve a particular end; a series of steps and decisions required to complete a task.
- All too often, we focus on the end results. We see success as a single event to be achieved. Yet, if we stop and think about our achievements and failures we will realize that is not the result of an event, but a string of them that made the difference; a run of right or wrong actions, a set of processes.
We may not realize it, but processes are everywhere and in every aspect of our lives. Everyone that thrives, athletes, families, business are committed to the process.
A process is procedure that is constantly repeated until it becomes an automatic response, until it becomes a habit; a new behavior. Successful people are committed to the daily practice, not the individual event. They understand that processes are Key!
At the end I was taught a good lesson... the cashier took her time folding the t-shirts following a process that allowed her to perform with accuracy.
Who I am today as a person is largely due to my failures!