I was impressed by something Nick Saban said in an interview on Monday night. After the game Chris Fowler asked him if he would take any time to enjoy the National Championship or if he would get back to work. I think his answer is one of the reasons why he’s been so successful. He talked about how there are always things to be done, coordinators to replace, and players to recruit. But, he finished by saying, “We just need to remember what got us here and stay committed to the process.”
This is what separates Nick Saban, and every other great leader, from most people. Once they’ve reached the pinnacle, what keeps them going? The process. I’m convinced that Nick Saban loves the process just as much as the achievement. He loves watching film just as much as he loves winning games. He’s just as committed on a Wednesday in May as he is on a Saturday in October. It’s difficult, maybe even impossible, to become complacent when you love the process of becoming a winner just as much as you love winning.
The reality is that if you’re a college football coach, the moments when you’re standing on the platform receiving a trophy are few and far between. It’s not that different in every other walk of life and profession. The moments when you win an award, get a raise, get a promotion, or catch your big break are few and far between. And, when those moments do come it’s tempting for all of us to sit back, relax, enjoy the accomplishment, and become complacent…unless you love the process of reaching your goal just as much as you love reaching it.
So, after entering the rarified air of college coaches with three national championships, what’s on Nick Saban’s mind? Go back to work. Stick with the process.