There Are No Shortcuts Only Process

THIS WEEK’S BLOG -> There Are No Shortcuts Only Process

READ -> Speaking of process, here is a list of coaches and how long it took each to win a national championship.

LISTEN -> The ruthless elimination of hurry… Good podcast from Unhurried Living.

VERSE -> John 6:40 For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life,  and I will raise him up on the last day.

There Are No Shortcuts Only Process

One popular topic to write about, which drives a ton of online traffic, is finding shortcuts or hacks to speed up and or skips steps in your growth.

I don’t remember when I first heard the term hack but I hear it a lot lately. Heck, I have written about hacks recently. I wrote about staff development hacks over the last month.

When I write about hacks, here is what I don’t mean. I don’t mean that you can somehow trick the profession by shortcutting your development or the development of others.

I am convinced that there is no short cut. Some might pick up on things quicker, therefore, developing at a faster pace, but we all must go through a process to get where we want to get to.

So don’t think of a hack as a short cut to get out of the hard work of development.

To me, a hack is a tip or nugget that can help streamline, simplify, or synthesize something. For me, the hacks that I wrote about are simply a way to streamline the management of your staff or to enhance the development of your staff.

But let’s get back to process.

There is no substitute for the process. The process I am speaking of is simply the things you must go through to mature, sharpen, and prepare yourself for what is next.

If you are not having to go through a process to get where you want to get, it is probably not worth going to where you want to go.

Three years ago I felt led to start a consulting business working with coaches. I was blessed right away to be able to start working with a university’s athletic department.

If you would’ve asked me at that time I would have told you that I would probably be full of clients in 6-9 months. Well, three years later I am still in process. I have more clients. I have some really cool things coming, but I completely missed on how long it would take me to get to my goals.

And you know what…I am completely good with it. I am in process. There is no hack that will allow me to skip areas of my development as a coach to coaches.

As I look back almost three years ago, I cringe about if God gave me the number of clients I thought I was ready to handle, I would’ve been sunk. I could not have handled it.

We are always in process. If you love coaching, the process can be tough at times but it is worth it.

I think we get frustrated at times because we don’t see all the years of process they went through, we just see them leading a top 25 program or just see them accepting a head coaching job at the highest level. (Read the article above about how long it has taken coaches to win a national championship)

James Clear, the author of Atomic Habits, said it best, “If you have good habits, time becomes your ally. All you need is patience.”

CLICK HERE to read my article from last week about disciplines/habits to grow.

Instead of looking for a short-cut or hack, implement good habits that foster growth and development and then be patient.

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Travis Wyckoff

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