The Process of Success

John Maxwell in his video series Today Matters says,

“In life, we typically overestimate the event and underestimate the process.”

This post is day eight of 80 days of excellence. I've created an email list below for those of you want to be emailed the full posts written as part of this series.

The students didn't understand this. To me, the famous Coach John Wooden expresses the meaning,

“When opportunity knocks, it is too late to prepare.”

So, when you're standing on the free throw line with no time left on the clock and you can tie the game with one shot and win with two, it is too late to work on your free throw shots — you're there.

Champions are made during the preparation process. The true work happens not at the state or national game – although that is very hard – most of the work happens before.

I once heard a man say,

“I spent twenty years preparing to be an overnight success.”

Sometimes when we see success in others it is easy to think that it was easy. Great deeds require great sacrifice.

Everybody wants to ride in the parade, nobody wants to hit the weight room every morning at 5 am.

Day 8 Excellence Challenge

Think about the success you desire.

Are you longing for the outcome or are you realizing that the process of success is what gets you there?

What are you willing to do on a daily basis with no one noticing in order to achieve that success?

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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2 comments

Tammie Webb January 11, 2018 - 6:13 pm

Please email me the 80 Days of Excellence full posts.
Thank you

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Vicki Davis January 12, 2018 - 5:25 pm

I manually added you! you can also sign up at the bottom of the post, but I could have messed up and not added the form. Will look.

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