I recently read a story about famed coach Nick Saban. Saban has won seven national championships – six at Alabama and one at LSU. This makes him the most successful active coach in college football.
What is his secret to success?
It’s something he calls, The Process.
One of Saban’s signature wins took place while he was the head coach at Michigan State. They were pitted against No. 1 Ohio State. Prior to the game, Saban instructed his team to forget about winning or losing and to instead focus on one play at a time. Michigan State went on to defeat Ohio State 28-24 and that win introduced the world to The Process.
The Process requires that you shift your focus away from the outcome you desire, your dream, to the action steps that will produce the outcome you desire. Define your dream, create action steps around your dream, or tasks, and then single-mindedly focus all of your attention on each individual task, one at a time.
It’s great to have dreams. Dreams, when taken together, represent the blueprint of the life you desire. But in order for those dreams to come true, you must focus on the individual tasks that, when accomplished, will transform those dreams into reality.
Focus on one task at a time and don’t worry about the outcome.
Tom Corley is an accountant, financial planner and author of “Rich Kids: How to Raise Our Children to Be Happy and Successful in Life”, Effort-Less Wealth, Change Your Habits Change Your Life, Rich Habits Poor Habits and “Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals.”