The law of the process is one of John Maxwell's 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. It is one of his best works and one of many great leadership books that have become a part of the foundation of the Leadership program I teach at KMMA. Of all of the laws Dr. Maxwell puts forth in this book, however, none other has become as much a part of our daily training focus as this one. You see, the Law of the Process says that excellence happens daily, but not in a day. I find myself reminding students of this all the time. We live in a modern society in which people are used to getting things quick and easy. The all important attribute of patience is being lost. But, as we know, great things happen to people that work hard on a specific goal over periods of time.
The white belt (beginner) in the martial arts will not possibly be able to do what the blaclkbelt can. What that white belt sometimes forgets is that the blackbelt was a white belt once too; and, quite frankly, the only difference between the skill set of the two is that the Blackbelt chose to be bad at something long enough to eventually be great at it. Focus, dedication and perseverance are what made the blackbelt great- he or she did not start out that way. On the contrary, I have found over my 18 years empowering lives and producting blackbelts (since I opened the school in October of 2000) that it is often not the most gifted, talented or even excited that stayed to be great; it's just the ones who didn't quit.
This is such a great lesson and analogy for my students, and for all of us, in every area of our lives! You have to be willing to suck at something, to start before you know what you are doing; and then be focused, disciplined and patient. Over time, if you are doing your part (showing up to class in this martial arts analogy) and have a good mentor (the Sensei in this example), persist over time and never quit, you will succeed. For the martial artist, this denotes getting the blackbelt and then degrees thereof. In the rest of that Blackbelt's life this also referes to college and careers, familes and relationships, businesses and other ventures.
One last warning reference The Law of the Process: when students do quit before they get good, it is usually due to one of two errors. Either, on the one extreme, it gets hard and/or they get frustrated and think they aren't good at it or can't do it; or, on the other, they get bored and think they "know it" already, failing to grasp the reptition it takes to ever truly master anything. I issue this warning to my students of the martial arts as well as fellow businessmen, fathers, and leaders of any kind. Don't get frustrated, or bored, or ever give up. In every worthwhile endeavor it is the fundamentals, repeated regularly over time, that take us from being good to great.
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