Alright people, it’s that time of year again. College Football is here. As most of you know, I am a diehard Alabama Crimson Tide fan. If you didn’t know already, but Alabama has won a total of 15 national championships, winning 3 of the last 4. I’m sure that being apart of the Alabama Crimson Tide football team can sometimes be a burden. The reason why I say that is because the coaches expect the best and do everything they can to bring the best out of you, which any good coach should do. Not only are the expectations from the coaches high, but the Alabama fan base adds a ton more pressure, because they expect them to win a National Championship every year. Don’t get me wrong, I would love for Alabama to win a National Championship every year, but that is a very high expectation for these young men to live up to. Every good team has their reign at the top. Right now Alabama is at the pinnacle of College Football, but just like any dynasty, they will fall. As much as I hate to say it, Alabama will not always be at the top. It may happen this year or it could happen next year. Who knows? It’s all how the players are coached and how they respond to the pressure.
When Alabama hired Nick Saban in 2007, he turned the Alabama program around with what he calls “The Process”. This is an excerpt from The New York Times in an interview conducted on January 3, 2013. This is how he explains what “The Process” is: “Well, the process is what you have to do day in and day out to be successful, we try to define the standard that we want everybody to work toward, adhere to, and do it on a consistent basis. Another aspect of it is being responsible for your own self-determination, having a positive attitude, having great work ethic, having discipline to be able to execute on a consistent basis or whatever it is you’re trying to do. These are the things that we try to focus on. We don’t try to focus as much on the outcomes as we do on being all that you can be. As a coaching staff we do our best to eliminate the clutter and all the things that are going on outside of our program and focus on the things that we can control with how to go about and take care of our business. That’s something that’s ongoing and will never change.” -Nick Saban
After reading the article on the Process, I noticed that there are a lot of it that we as “The Regulars” can apply to our daily lives. What I pulled from the excerpt on the process is that you should always give 100% at whatever you do and always try to do it on a consistent basis. Do your best to eliminate distractions and stay focused on your goal. Take it one stride at a time and don’t focus on what you want the end product to be. I’m not saying don’t set goals, but don’t be so focused on your goals that you forget about what steps you need to take to accomplish that goal. Keep in mind that at the end of the day if you have given it your all, but you don’t get the results that you expected, learn from those mistakes come up with a new game plan and continue to pursue that goal.