Usain Bolt Victory Pose

The past three posts focused on playing the game hard and making the most of every opportunity. I don’t want you to think that life should be all hard work, and no fun at all. Remember to have some fun along the way, especially after you finish a big project, or complete something that has taken a long time to achieve. I call this spiking the ball. You will notice in sports that athletes celebrate after they achieve victory. I am not saying that you need to make a big deal every time you achieve something. For example, it is silly to celebrate getting a first down in football if your team is losing. You still have work to do, so give the ref the ball and head back to the huddle.

It is okay to spike the ball after a big accomplishment - like scoring a touchdown.
It is okay to spike the ball after a big accomplishment – like scoring a touchdown.

Celebrate your victories

Appropriate situations where you see athletes celebrate is hitting a home run in baseball, scoring a touch down in football, winning a race, making the winning shot in basketball, and winning an important game. It is perfectly okay to celebrate these achievements. The bigger the win the bigger the celebration. High five your teammates, raise your arms and commemorate a hard-fought victory. Try to do the same in life when you get the chance. These moments help provide inspiration when life is difficult, and things do not go your way. There may come a day when the thought that keeps you going through a rough patch is the memory of a victory and how you felt in that moment.

I will be king
And you, you will be queen
Though nothing, will drive them away
We can be heroes, just for one day
We can be us, just for one day
– Heroes by David Bowie

Veteran leader, life-long learner, and novice blogger. Faithful father of two fine young men. Founder of All The Way Leadership! Former US Army Airborne Ranger and Officer. Currently work as a management consultant at a top firm.

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