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Trust the Process Quotes: The 35+ BEST Quotes on Perseverance

Arthur Worsley
by Arthur Worsley
M.A. Psychology, Oxford. McKinsey Alum. Founder & Editor at TAoL.
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Trust the Process: You Are What You Do Every Day

Two of my favorite productivity books of all time are The Compound Effect and The Slight Edge.

You know why?

Because they do an incredible job of reminding me that the most important parts of achieving any goal are preparation and patience and persistence.

Success doesn’t come from big sprints. Even when it might look like that from the outside.

Success comes from waking up every day and putting one foot in front of the other, no matter how hard or how futile that feels.

Success comes from trusting the process.

And yet…

Why Is It So Hard to Trust the Process?

Trusting the process is hard because humans tend to think in straight lines.

Trust The Process: How We Think Progress Should Happen

In other words, if we put consistent time and effort IN TO to a goal we expect and feel like we deserve consistent rewards to come OUT OF it (see milestones M1 and M2 below)…

Trust The Process: Reward Expectation

The problem?

Nature almost NEVER takes a straight line.

In fact if there’s anything consistent at all, it’s that progress usually compounds…

Trust The Process: How Rewards Actually Happen

Which means we rarely get results when we expect them.

Which often leads us to the pit of despair…

Trust The Process: The Pit of Despair

But here’s the truth…

The fact that you think that way isn’t your fault.

No matter how many times you go through this, your brain will still try to think linearly. (We are hard wired to underestimate compounding.)

The good news? There are some solutions.

And one of the simplest is just to remind yourself on a regular basis that people who’ve been there and done great things have all been where you’re sitting right now.

My 37 Top Trust The Process Quotes

So here are my top 30 quotes on enjoying the journey.

Keep at it. Don’t give up. Remember progress is rarely predictable.

Take heart from the wisdom on patience and persistence below.

And whatever you do, don’t forget to…

Trust the process.

3. Trust the wait. Embrace the uncertainty. Enjoy the beauty of becoming….

Trust The Process Quotes Mandy Hale"Trust the wait. Embrace the uncertainty. Enjoy the beauty of becoming. When nothing is certain, anything is possible." - Mandy Hale Click To TweetMandy Hale is a blogger and New York Times best-selling author who helps inspire single women to live their best lives. This quote reminds us that every ambiguous situation is full of potential. We can waste our time worrying, or we can trust the process and look for potential opportunities.

3. Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way…

Trust The Process Quotes Thomas Edison"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is to try just one more time." - Thomas Edison Click To TweetThomas Edison was a businessman and quite possibly America’s greatest inventor. This quote reminds us that the alternative to trusting the process is giving up. And giving up is a sure path to missing out on success.

3. Your hardest times often lead to the greatest moments of your…

Trust The Process Quotes Roy Bennet"Your hardest times often lead to the greatest moments of your life. Keep going. Tough situations build strong people in the end." - Roy Bennet Click To TweetRoy Bennet is an author whose book, The Light of the Heart, has helped thousands learn more about positive thinking and self love. This quote reminds us that diamonds are formed under great pressure. Look back on your life and you’ll see that your best memories and biggest moments of growth came from times when it would have been easier to simply opt out.

4. Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished…

Trust The Process Quotes Dale Carnegie"Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who kept on trying when there seemed no hope at all." - Dale Carnegie Click To TweetDale Carnegie was a writer and self-improvement guru whose How To Win Friends And Influence People is among the best selling books of all time. This trust the process quote reminds us that the main difference between ourselves and our heroes is perseverance. For more on this theme, check out this list of growth mindset quotes.

5. Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.

Trust The Process Quotes Ralph Waldo Emerson"Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience." - Ralph Waldo Emerson Click To TweetRalph Waldo Emerson was an essayist, lecturer, philosopher, poet and champion of individualism. This quote reminds us that great works are accomplished slowly. YOU are a force of nature. So trust the process and let nature do its thing.

6. Success is the ability to go from one failure to another…

Trust The Process Quotes Winston Churchill"Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm." - Winston Churchill Click To TweetWinston Churchill was a politician and writer whose courage, leadership and persistence was pivotal to Allied victory in the Second World War. This quote reminds us that the easiest way to trust the process is to ENJOY the process. Instead of “I HAVE to trust the process”, think “I get to trust the process” and you’ll find it much easier to feel grateful for the journey.

7. Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and…

Trust The Process Quotes Robert Collier"Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out." - Robert Collier Click To TweetRobert Collier was an American self help author and champion of the New Thought movement. This quote reminds us that the process isn’t an obstacle to success. The process IS success. So embrace it! Because you are what you repeatedly do.

8. Our real blessings often appear to us in the shape of…

Trust The Process Quotes Joseph Addison"Our real blessings often appear to us in the shape of pains, losses and disappointments; but let us have patience, and we soon shall see them in their proper figures." - Joseph Addison Click To TweetJoseph Addison was an English essayist, poet, playwright and politician. This trust the process quote reminds us that we often don’t even realize when the process is going our way or not. The only solution is to trust it as the true scope of its intrigues unfold.

9. It always seems impossible until it’s done.

Trust The Process Quotes Nelson Mandela"It always seems impossible until it's done." - Nelson Mandela Click To TweetNelson Mandela was an anti-apartheid revolutionary, statesman and philanthropist who served as the country’s first black head of state. This quote reminds us that we rarely know for certain that we’re heading for success until it’s right on top of us. There’s no point second-guessing. Trust the process and keep putting one foot in front of the other.

10. The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard…

Trust The Process Quotes Thomas Edison"The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense." - Thomas Edison Click To TweetThomas Edison was a businessman and quite possibly America’s greatest inventor. This quote reminds us that one of the most important ingredients of success is perseverance (stick-to-itiveness). You need hard work and common sense, but you also need to trust in and stick to the process.

11. Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.

Trust The Process Quotes Dr. Samuel Johnson"Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance." - Dr. Samuel Johnson Click To TweetDr. Samuel Johnson was a scholar whose Dictionary of the English Language was an astounding work with far-reaching far reaching effects on Modern English. This quote reminds us that the secret to achieving anything worthwhile is to persevere no matter how hard (or repetitive) things get. The secret to making that easier? Trusting the process instead of doubting and second-guessing yourself.

12. To lose patience is to lose the battle.

Trust The Process Quotes Mahatma Gandhi"To lose patience is to lose the battle." - Mahatma Gandhi Click To TweetMahatma Gandhi was an Indian lawyer, anti-colonial nationalist and political ethicist who used nonviolent resistance to secure India’s independence from British rule. This quote reminds us that trying to bully or shortcut the process is a quick way to lose what you’re after. Have patience. Trust the process. And your victory will look after itself.

13. Journey before destination.

Trust The Process Quotes Brandon Sanderson"Journey before destination." - Brandon Sanderson Click To TweetBrandon Sanderson is a best-selling American author of epic fantasy and science fiction (including the fantastic Mistborn series and Stormlight Archive). This quote reminds us that you can’t shortcut the process even if you want to. You can’t go from A to B without the “to”. You can’t travel to new highs without traveling.

14. Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how…

Trust The Process Quotes Thomas Edison"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." - Thomas Edison Click To TweetThomas Edison was a businessman and quite possibly America’s greatest inventor. This quote reminds us how many of us have missed out on the things we want in life by doubting and abandoning the process. Remember: It always seems impossible until it’s done.

15. What we are waiting for is not as important as what…

Trust The Process Quotes Mandy Hale"What we are waiting for is not as important as what happens to us while we are waiting. Trust the process." - Mandy Hale Click To TweetMandy Hale is a blogger and New York Times best-selling author who helps inspire single women to live their best lives. This quote reminds us that we spend a lot more time “in the process” than we do at the destination at the end of it. Result? We are impacted far more by experiences during the journey than we are by simply reaching the destination.

16. Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.

Trust The Process Quotes Babe Ruth"Every strike brings me closer to the next home run." - Babe Ruth Click To TweetBabe Ruth was an American professional baseball player whose record breaking career spanned over 22 seasons. This quote reminds us that the obstacle IS the way. The process of becoming great is filled with failures and mistakes. Those ARE the process. So trust in them and rest assured that every mishap is a stepping stone towards success.

17. The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.

Trust The Process Quotes Leo Tolstoy"The two most powerful warriors are patience and time." - Leo Tolstoy Click To TweetLeo Tolstoy was a Russian writer. His works include War and Peace and Anna Karenena (among many others) and he is regarded as one of the greatest authors of all time. This quote reminds us that the most powerful tool we have is our ability to trust the process. If we can adopt nature’s pace, then we can outlast or outmaneuver anything.

18. Trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit.

Trust The Process Quotes Molière"Trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit." - Molière Click To TweetMolière was a French playwright, actor, and poet, widely regarded as one of the greatest writers in the French language and world literature. This quote reminds us that the process is what makes the destination possible. If you rush it (instead of trusting it) you may get “there” faster. But you might miss the best parts in the process.

19. He that can have patience can have what he will.

Trust The Process Quotes Benjamin Franklin"He that can have patience can have what he will." - Benjamin Franklin Click To TweetBenjamin Franklin was a founding father of the United States and one of the greatest polymaths of all time. This quote reminds us that patience is the secret to success. So be patient. Trust the process. Take little steps forward every day. And you’ll be amazed at the places that takes you.

20. If people knew how hard I had to work to gain…

Trust The Process Quotes Michelangelo"If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it would not seem so wonderful at all." - Michelangelo Click To TweetMichelangelo was an Italian sculptor, painter, architect, and poet whose work helped define the Renaissance. This quote reminds us that the most talented and successful humans that ever lived ALSO had to trust the process. They had to work at their craft every day. They had to make every mistake they could make. And only then could they approach the doorway to mastery.

21. Have patience. All things are difficult before they become easy.

Trust The Process Quotes Saadi"Have patience. All things are difficult before they become easy." - Saadi Click To TweetSaadi was a Persian poet widely recognized as one of the greatest poets of the classical literary tradition. This quote reminds us that if the process feels easy then it’s probably not the process at all. Everyone you see who is good at something was once bad at it. Their secret? They trusted and leaned into the process, no matter how hard or how boring it got.

22. I was taught the way of progress is neither swift nor…

Trust The Process Quotes Marie Curie"I was taught the way of progress is neither swift nor easy." - Marie Curie Click To TweetMarie Curie was a double-Nobel-Prize-winning physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity and was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize. This quote reminds us that you can’t reach a new destination without traveling a path no-one’s been down yet. Part of that involves standing on the shoulders of giants. But another part involves trusting the process and keeping going longer than anyone else before you.

23. The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by…

Trust The Process Quotes Arnold H. Glasow"The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it." - Arnold H. Glasow Click To TweetArnold H. Glasow was a successful businessman, publishing entrepreneur and writer whose career spanned more than 6 decades. This quote reminds us that you can’t force the process. Just like the best fruits grow slowly, the best outcomes are forged from trusting the process. Hatch your success. Don’t try to smash it.

24. It’s hard to beat a person that never gives up.

Trust The Process Quotes Babe Ruth"It's hard to beat a person that never gives up." - Babe Ruth Click To TweetBabe Ruth was an American professional baseball player whose record breaking career spanned over 22 seasons. This quote reminds us that it’s the people who trust in the process, who keep going no matter what comes their way, that are the last people standing at the end.

25. Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.

Trust The Process Quotes Aristotle"Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet." - Aristotle Click To TweetAristotle was an ancient Greek philosopher and polymath whose extensive works helped lay the foundation for Western science. This quote reminds us that trusting the process isn’t always easy. But it’s usually worth it in the end.

26. You should be far more concerned with your current trajectory than…

Trust The Process Quotes James Clear"You should be far more concerned with your current trajectory than with your current results." - James Clear Click To TweetJames Clear is a New York Times best-selling author best known for his excellent book Atomic Habits. This quote reminds us that the secret to being successful is to focus on and trust in the process. If you keep both your eyes on the finish line, there’s a good chance you’ll trip over something before you get there.

27. Our patience will achieve more than our force.

Trust The Process Quotes Edmund Burke"Our patience will achieve more than our force." - Edmund Burke Click To TweetEdmund Burke was an Irish statesman, economist and philosopher who is sometimes regarded as the philosophical founder of conservatism. This quote reminds us that the best way to beat a storm is to wait for it to blow itself out. And the best way to make waiting it out easy? Trust the process. Nature will look after itself.

28. Slow down. Calm down. Don’t worry. Don’t hurry. Trust the process.

Trust The Process Quotes Alexandra Stoddard"Slow down. Calm down. Don't worry. Don't hurry. Trust the process." - Alexandra Stoddard Click To TweetAlexandra Stoddard is an American lifestyle philosopher and author of more than 28 books. This quote would make a perfect aphorism or mantra for anyone who’s struggling to trust the process. Breathe deeply, close your eyes, repeat the words 10 times and you’ll find a new sense of calm, focus and determination.

29. An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes…

Trust The Process Quotes Niels Bohr"An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field." - Niels Bohr Click To TweetNiels Bohr was a Nobel-Prize-winning physicist who transformed our understanding of atomic theory and quantum physics. This quote reminds us that frustrations and making mistakes are both PART of the process. The twists and turns on the road to success are MEANT to be there. Trust the process. Ride them out. You’ll get where you’re going in the end.

30. Patience attracts happiness; it brings near that which is far.

Trust The Process Quotes Swahili Proverb"Patience attracts happiness; it brings near that which is far." - Swahili Proverb Click To Tweet This quote reminds us that all things are in motion and sometimes the quickest way to get what you want is just to stop, trust the process and let that thing to come to you.

31. Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying,…

Trust The Process Quotes Pelé"Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice, and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do." - Pelé Click To TweetPelé is a retired soccer player regarded by many as “the greatest footballer of all time”. This quote reminds us that the most talented people on the planet didn’t rush the process or find shortcuts you’re not aware of. They put in the hours of hard work. They worked harder than anyone else. They trusted the process that led them to eventual success.

32. Trust the process. Your time is coming. Just do the work…

Trust The Process Quotes Tony Gaskins"Trust the process. Your time is coming. Just do the work and the results will handle themselves." - Tony Gaskins Click To TweetTony Gaskins is a motivational speaker, author and life coach who is best known for his love and relationship advice for young girls. This quote would be another great mantra for anyone feeling frustrated and impatient with the process. Stop rushing. Start working. And your success will take care of itself.

33. Patience is necessary, and one cannot reap immediately where one has…

Trust The Process Quotes Soren Kierkegaard"Patience is necessary, and one cannot reap immediately where one has sown." - Soren Kierkegaard Click To TweetSoren Kierkegaard was a Danish philosopher, theologian, poet, social critic and religious author who is widely considered to be the first existentialist philosopher. This quote reminds us that often a big part of the process is out of our direct control. All you can do is plant the seeds, set up the right conditions and then wait. A plant doesn’t grow because you hover and hustle around it. Trust the process and let fate take its time to unfold.

34. It is very strange…that the years teach us patience; that the…

Trust The Process Quotes Elizabeth Taylor"It is very strange…that the years teach us patience; that the shorter our time, the greater our capacity for waiting." - Elizabeth Taylor Click To TweetElizabeth Taylor was a British-American actress and one of the most popular stars of 1950s classical Hollywood cinema. This quote reminds us that the process of trusting the process is one that actually gets easier with time. Imagine you were already in your 80s. Or picture yourself already at your goal. If you look back, how obvious does it seem that you could have stressed less and trusted more in the process.

35. It’s not that I’m so smart. It’s just that I stay…

Trust The Process Quotes Albert Einstein"It's not that I'm so smart. It's just that I stay with problems longer." - Albert Einstein Click To TweetAlbert Einstein overturned centuries of conventional wisdom to co-found modern theoretical physics. This quote reminds us that those who trust the process the longest almost always make more progress than the rest of us. Patience and perseverance are the key!

36. When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a…

Trust The Process Quotes Jacob Riis"When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock... at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that last blow that did it - but all that had gone before." - Jacob Riis Click To TweetJacob Riis was a Danish-American social reformer, journalist and photographer who helped catalyze urban reform in America at the turn of the 20th century. This quote (my favorite of all these trust the process quotes) reminds us that we shouldn’t judge the process by its results. It’s often not til the last step that we crest the rise and get a glimpse of the rewards we’ve been working towards.

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Arthur Worsley
I founded TAoL to discover and share the best wisdom on how to live long and prosper. Before that I studied Psychology, Philosophy & Physiology at Oxford and consulted at McKinsey. Still curious? Learn more or take my FREE productivity quiz.

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