When they say trust the process, here’s what they really mean

When you’re feeling doubt, don’t stop.

If you’re feeling stuck, don’t give up.

If you’re feeling like you’re at your wit’s end but you’re adamant about your goals, try one more time.

Keep going.

And as you go through with it, you’ll find what lives on the other side. 

The process is vague. 

It’s kind of supposed to be.

“Trust the process.” What does it mean, why should we do it?

When it comes to social media, lots of gurus and experts will tell you to trust the process. What does this vague term, “the process” entail? 

For starters, the process is the journey. 

It’s the self doubt, the inner critic, and the perfectionism getting in the way of things. 

it’s the starting from zero and not having a clue of where to begin. 

It’s the trying everything and seeing what sticks. 

It’s starting with 0 followers. 

It’s getting varied engagement with your content because you wanted to try something new. 

It’s trying to address your criticism and learning how to move forward.

Trusting the process is knowing that there’s a little piece of progress made toward the bigger goal every day. 

You trust it because you’re trying. 

You trust it because you see progress from putting your hours in.

If your hands are in any part of the process above, you’re already on your way to winning. 

Keep trusting the process.

How I Handle My Creative Process

  1. Excitement. At the start of every new project, every new page, there’s an element of excitement. Something fresh is being put on the table. No project problems are weighing you down. It’s fun.
  2. Progress is going good. You’re making big plans and you’re happy with how things might unfold. 
  3. The initial hill. This is the first problem that pops up within any given creative project. Problems can come in the form of self doubt, time management, budget and so on. 
  4. Your mileage with hills may vary. Some problems are big (like trying to find out whether your business will work out) while others are small (like having to learn a new software for the first time or getting over a case of imposter syndrome). This is the most interesting, critical part of any important project, and there will be multiple hills.
  5. Dénouement. In stories, they refer to the part after the problem gets solved as the dénouement.  This is the part where you resolve the primary (and secondary and tertiary) problems in your project. You tie your strings together into a nice bow and get ready to wrap things up.
  6. Personally, I like a little reflection at the end of my projects. I like to see where my hills were and how I could have faced them better. I like to revisit the highs and the lows before moving on to something else. 

How to Make Your Best Work

There’s a process to making your best work happen.

Before we can go into our best work, we need to set ourselves up for success. 

What’s the room like? Is it quiet? Loud? Are the curtains drawn? Is it a certain time of day? Do you need coffee? Is it before breakfast or after dinner? 

What’s the routine like? 

And if you can do it once, can you do it again and again?