I cannot speak for the thought process of previous generations but I know that, in this day and age, we are surrounded by a culture of “I want it and I want it now.” Being that that is what we want, but isn’t always the reality, we have to work hard to offset that way of thinking. When I’m at work, I have to find ways to politely tell customers to have some patience. When I’m speaking with my financial advisor, he always says don’t expect a sudden windfall of financial fortune. Even when I read my Bible, I have to tell myself, “This might not be for you to understand right now.” Things take time. Everything in life is a process, from birth to death. Things have to happen in a certain preordained order that none of us have control over. Christ didn’t even change the world to the fullest extent at His birth. He had to be born, live, work miracles, die, and then rise again in order to have the impact He has.
But I digress. To pull it back to the importance of event over process, I will leave you all with a section from John C. Maxwell’s 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. In the chapter “The Law of Process,” Maxwell shares with us two similar but very distinct lists on the importance of an event and that of a process. I definitely recommend anyone who is serious about taking another step in leadership read this book (get the revised edition).
An event encourages decisions, motivates people, is a calendar issue, challenges people, and is easy.
A process encourages development, matures people, is a culture issue, changes people, and is difficult.
Even in these two lists, one took me more time to type out because it has more characters. And that is exactly what a process does: it builds character.