The power of process

What is a process?  It is a series of steps of increasing difficulty or complexity repeated daily that leads to a result.  It’s like a manufacturing line.  You have a general form, then it’s refined, and the electronics or hydraulics are added, then refined again for a finished product.  This happens in everything!  Learning, becoming, doing all have their own processes.  Getting fit is a process.  You never actually get fit, you get fitter.  You find a process that allows you to maintain your fitness, but you don’t actually get fit.  The process doesn’t have an ending result.

A friend of mine is a runner.  Her fitness goals include doing a marathon.  She mentioned one time that she’d like to get her miles at a certain time range.  So if she follows her process, and she does the marathon, with her split times on her mile at or below her goal, has she reached her fitness goal and is now “Fit?”  Tada!!!!  She has accomplished her fitness goals and can now quit.  No, she has to pick NEW goals and find a process that will maintain this state of fitness or move her to a new standard of fitness.

A few years ago, my husband, who is not a small man, stepped out onto our stairs in back to do some grilling.  His foot went through the step!!!!  He wasn’t hurt, but now we had to jump from our back door to the yard.  We hired a contractor, and he built us a nicer back porch type set of stairs that lead to the patio.  Oh, it looked NICE!  Now, 3 years later, it isn’t as pretty.  It needs to be resealed because the wood is drying out.  Will this process to maintain this construction ever cease?  Yes, when it breaks.  Then we’ll have to come up with a new set of steps.  The maintenance doesn’t ever stop because nature has its own process as well.

If you want to get fit, that is one process:  it gets you to your best weight range, it increases your stamina and strength so you can physically do the things you want to do.  If you want to stay fit, you choose a process to MAINTAIN your activity and health for the rest of your life and you make decisions every day toward that end.

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