The Warrior’s Way has emphasized processes for improving performance for a long time. Specifically we call them “Intentional Processes” because we choose to focus our attention in a direction, the direction of specific processes. That’s intentionality. Read Ryan Holiday’s piece titled “Here’s the Strategy Elite Athletes Follow to Perform at the Highest Level” to discover evidence of top coaches emphasizing processes. Below are excerpts from the article. 

“Coaches tell us every game, every day, ‘trust the process.’ But what the hell is it? What is the process? In the chaos of sport, as in life, process provides a way. A way to turn something very complex into something simple. 

“Monte Burke author of Saban: The Making of a Coach posed a question: ‘What if a team concentrated only on what they could manage? What if they took things step by step — not focusing on anything but what was right in front of them and on doing it well?’

“Nick Saban, coach of Alabama Crimson Tide said: ‘Don’t think about winning the SEC Championship. Don’t think about the national championship. Think about what you needed to do in this drill, on this play, in this moment. That’s the process: Let’s think about what we can do today, the task at hand.’

“We needn’t scramble like we’re so often inclined to do when some difficult task sits in front of us. Instead, we can take a breath, do the immediate, composite part in front of us — and follow its thread into the next action. Everything in order, everything connected.

“The process is about doing the right things, right now. Not worrying about what might happen later, or the results, or the whole picture.”


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