How Red Footballs Can Teach Us About Getting the Results We Want

My two year old daughter and I were playing catch today. That’s a pretty huge feat if you consider that 1) she can’t throw in a consistent direction and 2) she can’t really catch. But then, she surprised me

and she caught one!

So I looked at that red football and decided to use it as a teachable moment.

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There’s a leadership principle that tells us to “celebrate the wins.”

When someone you’re leading “wins,” you should make a huge deal about it.

Why? Because you want them to want to repeat that win. You want them to know what it feels like to win so that they’ll want to do it again.

That’s why applause is probably the best response you can give someone you’re leading.

That’s why people bring noise makers to graduations.

That’s why your teammates stand waiting to slap your hand after a homerun.

That’s why you run to your daughter and scoop her up and swing her around when she catches that little red football.

You want her to know what it’s like to win so that she’ll want to do it again.

And you know what? Chloe learned to catch today. And after each of her five next catches, she celebrated.

Wash, rinse, repeat.

Or, as Baloo says in Disney’s Jungle Book, “Accentuate the positive.”

How do you celebrate the wins in life? What helps you to want to repeat your successes?

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