by Dr. John J. Franey, CEO/Founder of Developing Difference Makers
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GOOOOOOOAAAAALLLLLL!!!!!!! Anyone who has ever watched a professional soccer game has heard this familiar call when a team scores a goal. The announcers celebrate the scoring of the goal with their own GOAL call, each of which is bigger, louder, and longer than the one before it. The call is the cap on what is a very celebratory moment in a soccer game. The call is a release of tons of energy, for there are very few goals scored in professional soccer games. Goals in this sport are hard to come by and thus the call by the announcers makes sense. The calls set fans off in wild celebration as the teams run around and dance on the field in their own celebration of the momentous occasion. The moment is exciting, fun, and invigorating to everyone watching (well, except for the team that gave up the goal).
While these celebrations are amazing, it is interesting that we do not celebrate like this in our own lives outside of soccer. We are constantly setting goals for ourselves in our personal and professional lives, yet we rarely use the GOOOOAAAALLLL celebration when we achieve one of these goals. Why is it that we don’t celebrate bigger, louder, and longer? When we achieve a small goal, we often just shrug our shoulders and think, “Yeah, no big deal.” The other common response is to not even hesitate to celebrate a small goal achievement as we begin thinking about how we haven’t achieved the larger goal yet. A perfect example that is easy to follow is the common goal of trying to lose weight. There is a big number out there that everyone ones to reach to with their goal – 10 lbs, 20 lbs, 100 lbs, etc. When we knock off the first pound or the first five pounds though we don’t go cheering and screaming out GOOOOAAAALLLL!!!! Instead we tell ourselves, “That's alright, but you still haven’t reached the big goal so don’t celebrate yet.”
It is as though we fear celebration. It is as though we fear letting ourselves off the hook. We fear that by celebrating early we won’t be able to follow through and achieve the big goal. No doubt we fear looking crazy when we yell out GOOOOAAAALLLLL in our office, classroom, or house. So instead we continue to mire in our goals without actually celebrating goal achievement, as small as they maybe. There is a need to enjoy the goals as we achieve them, to change the very nature of our being. There is a need to celebrate the goals that we achieve so that we can build positivity into our lives rather than negativity of not having reached the big, ultimate goals. By celebrating small wins along the way we build a new narrative for our lives and the process of achieving our goal. We begin to believe in ourselves, and most importantly to believe in our ability to achieve the ultimate goal by taking small steps along the way.
So why not this year flip the script of our goals? Why not find an avenue to celebrate through a tried and true method used on soccer fields throughout the world? Maybe it doesn’t need to be yelling out GOOOAAALLLL in our actual office, cubicle, or classroom in front of everyone, but what about finding a place to truly yell out in exciting fashion to tell ourselves we did a great job? Maybe it is in our car after the workday, or it is in front of the bathroom mirror, but we need to find time to celebrate in soccer fashion. A great method to do this without looking crazy to your colleagues, friends, and relatives is to plug in earphones to our computer, find soccer celebrations on YouTube and then play the video with the announcer’s call of GOOOAAALLLL!!!! Then we can play it over and over as we begin to smile and celebrate the achievement of our own goal. Try it the next time you achieve a goal and you will find yourself pumped up with energy and a huge smile coming to your face. It is a great feeling and one that can motivate us to continue to move forward to even more goal achievement!