Trust the Process Defined

“Trust the process” is a term that gets thrown around a lot at Hyde.  Someone recently asked me, “What dos that mean?’  Her’s something I wrote 25 years ago (May  1998) on the topic:

Any student or family who spends any time at Hyde bumps into the concept of “trust the process.”  The complexity of the concept is on a par with the parental concept of “letting go.”  To many students, “trust the process” feels like an assault on one’s individuality, like turning your mind over to the school.  To me, it means trusting that whatever I am truly doing with my life is what I will ultimately be known for.  I always tell students struggling with this concept to make sure that they are conducting themselves in an upright fashion, even in their most private moments.  If they are genuinely trying to do this, they will begin to develop the self-image of a person of character.  (I like to sum Hyde up in a one-sentence quote by 19th century French painter Eugene Delacroix: “When you do the right thing, you raise yourself in your own eyes.”)  This self-image will, in turn, fuel a positive public image.  Thus, Hyde calls upon us to be authentic, to be genuine.  Although “trust the process” will undoubtedly involve short-term anxiety and disappointment, its value can only be realized with the long-term view. 

Your thoughts?  Onward,  Malcolm Gauld