In life, it is dangerous NOT to celebrate wins. In fact, it is a sign of some measure of misunderstanding of what it is to truly live.
Meyer confessed that after Florida won the national title he didn’t - in fact, couldn’t - enjoy the victory. Instead he immediately started working and recruiting for the next season.
Reflecting on the experience Meyer said,
“I was in a panic situation. We just won it. We’ve got to do it again. I closed the door and I started just recruiting.
One of my friends came in and said, 'What are you doing?' He said, 'Enjoy! What's wrong with you, man? Enjoy this!'
I tried," said Meyer.
What was going on in the heart and mind of this legendary coach?
The man was so stressed about future challenges that he lost sight of the incredible joys and triumphs of the moment. He was incapable of pausing long enough to truly celebrate what had been accomplished.
Perhaps you understand his mindset because in some ways you have shared the same affliction.
Challenges abound in life, so it is very easy to be caught up in the next set of challenges, obstacles, opportunities - to the extent that you do not allow yourself the time to genuinely celebrate the big and small wins that are also part of living.
That habit becomes detrimental to life over time. In fact, I’ve come to realize that in order to truly savor the joys of life, the habit of failing to celebrate must be broken, or you will eventually be robbed of the ability to celebrate.
Perhaps keeping a metaphorical bottle of champagne always on ice would be a good reminder to stop and savor the wins that come from living life on purpose.