I was thinking about this as I left the gym today. There is a difference between a process and program. I define them for me as:
Process: a series of things that you can do internally and externally to accomplish tasks and goals, get to the next plateau and churn the creative juices. Most important, it is something you can look back on and reuse for different situations.
Program: something with a start and an end date with definable and finite goals.
I choose to follow my process. Lately it’s been “The process of getting to 1st Kyu.” Sensei often talks about the ingredients of a process and how you take these ingredients, stir them up, cook them and let them sit with each other and pretty soon you have something different; you have stew. So right now, I’m gathering up the ingredients of my process. So far, they are tenacity, perseverance, patience and sincerity towards my upcoming test.
Sensei is a big proponent of asking the question “What did you get out of this process, and how can you use this to better your life?” This is paraphrased and an amalgamation of my few years of training with him. This is the message I feel I am asked by him. I’m looking forward to seeing what the answer is.
So today, I went back to the gym again, did my 30 minute circuit, and am now gonna try and shower, dress and leave within 5 minutes.