Focus on the process to achieve team goals.
So much of today’s world is centered around the end result. It is the bottom line and wins and losses in the world of coaching.
With players, it’s about statistics regarding touchdowns, passer rating, tackles, sacks, batting average, three point shots, monthly sales, new memberships, and the list goes on and on.
The social media world has worked its way into every profession including sports.
Coaches and players not only consume themselves with the bottom line but have drifted away from the team aspect into the world of branding. Some coaches and players are trying to draw attention to themselves rather than the common goal of the team.
It is important to prepare yourself for the future but not at the expense of team goals, values, and rules. The new rage in coaching lingo is the word “process”. Process is a series of actions or steps taken to achieve a particular end.
In any profession, the process will differ from team to team and organization to organization. The head coach or leader of an organization will have a process they have developed that they believe will lead them to the goal or objective. In the NFL, the head coach has a vision of the process by which his team will win the Super Bowl.
The most successful coaches can sell the team members that in order to achieve greatness they must forget greatness.
Instead of the focus being on the end result it is most important to focus on the process itself. The day-to-day actions that will take the team closer to the objective one step at a time. I hear coaches talking with the media and saying how their team is starting to understand the process.
In most cases the steps needed to attain a high level of achievement are very difficult.
Therefore, it is easy to lose focus, become fatigued physically and mentally, and lose motivation to continue the process toward achievement. That is why most achievements come after the grind of a difficult process necessary to attain the goal.
When leaders can inspire their team members to enjoy and embrace the grind (hard, dull, work) they are on their way to achieving greatness.
Greatness is not achieved by striving to be great, but by being great grinding towards your goal. Enjoy the grind and you never know what you will find.