It’s the coaching phrase of the year.
Trust the Process.
Your therapist or your astrologist will absolutely use it to give you advice about the existential questions about your life you have been asking yourself. They will tell you to relax and let it unfold.
I have found that there is nothing wrong with this saying. It’s very positive at its core. The saying alone is designed to be a response to our need for control, letting go of worry, or as the hippies say it, surrender.
I personally wonder at times about the phrase Trust the Process. As someone who is actively engaged in creativity on a constant basis, I like to ask the question, is the process what I want to address when coaching someone else on their own creative journey.
My very own process always begins with me questioning whether I should even paint the idea. I face all the fears, doubts, and angst about the idea and attempt to work out the deeper questions I have about it like, “Is it serving the world to bring this idea to being?”
My due diligence on recognizing an idea for its use in this world before even beginning my process is in fact a process. I may decide to not create an idea because I either did not find its purpose or even better, it did not reflect me as a whole.
I begin with resistance.
I resist doing any sort of production and I may spend literally weeks choosing to nap instead of creating the painting. I allow myself to be a victim at the hands of resistance and honestly, at times, this might deter me away from the process.
Enacting creativity begins before I even do a process. I am engaging with creativity as I continue to think deeply about my idea.
But before the process, I have to begin with faith.
To say I trust in the process leaves one thing out. It leaves out trusting in people. Trusting in Self. Counting on my ideas and the interaction I have with them. After all, I cannot have a process without myself to go along with it.
Sure, the process always works itself out. The journey from the beginning of a creative project to the end ideally should omit all worry and control; however, at some point, the process and the way that I create is controlled and created by me.
At the top of my creative game, I have outlined and formatted a system that works for me. But it has taken years to get that system down. I have tested out many different avenues and energies and without this trial and error, I would have never made it to the point where I can tap into my creativity whenever I want to.
I know my process because after trial and tribulation, I also know myself. Trusting at its core is having faith and hope. It might at the very end of any journey be a lesson or it might be a success, but without engaging in the journey, no one can know what they are in for. That is what trust is for.
Trust is a magic carpet taking you down the rabbit hole of your journey.
You must believe for any magic to happen. And if you don’t believe in yourself, you have to at least try in order to get the process started.
So, I honestly think, Trust the Process is a bunch of airy fairy BS.
I trust in people. I trust in the person that came up with the process. And whether it works out, the person will still be there to try out another process.
Process will change, but the people won’t. Each new process will bring the person closer to who they are and align their creativity with their whole self.
So, I would like to change the phrase to Trust the Scientist.
Trust the person that tries even at the expense of not knowing the result. The one that is curious. The one that knows that either they walk down the path of their process they’re trying out or they will sit stagnant for the rest of their lives. They know they need to believe in the curiosity inside themselves to do that process or create that project. I trust in people because that’s who ideas trust to help them come to fruition.