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Process before product

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When you improve a little each day, eventually big things occur. When you improve conditioning a little each day, eventually you have a big improvement in conditioning. Not tomorrow, not the next day, but eventually a big gain is made. Don’t look for the big, quick improvement. Seek the small improvement one day at a time. That’s the only way it happens – and when it happens, it lasts.

John Wooden

Without getting all self indulgent and start linking to cliche Paul Kelly songs and going off on a tangent process is important in all things.

The process that you go through to do something reflects the outcome. Even at the very fine scale this is true. A good example of this is driving to work. The process is the commute to work and the outcome is arriving at work. If the traffic is bad that day and you arrive to work late that is a direct reflection of the process. Just focusing on the process of traveling to work obviously may not lead to ‘bigger things’ rather it highlights how the process has a direct impact on the outcome.

This is important to remember because there is such strong focus and value placed on outcomes in our society that process can often be forgotten.

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