In 1969, Elmo Wright, a junior receiver for the University of Houston, is believed to have invented the post-touchdown celebration. In his third year with the Chiefs, Elmo caught a touchdown pass in a game on Nov. 18, 1973, against the Houston Oilers and celebrated with what some believe was the first end zone dance in NFL history….the high step.
Through the years fans have become familiar with the Lambeau Leap, the Moss Moon, Chad Johnson’s mock proposal, Joe Horn phones home, the Bob and weave, and my personal favorite, Terrell Owens’ Sharpie incident, although he has several to his credit.
In business, we reach our end zone by gaining bigger and better clients, by tapping into our social media space to network and increase our visibility, and by giving 110% to each and every project we tackle. What we need to figure out what uniquely motivates us and what our victory dance will look like.
I took a few from my personal list on the fridge. My visible list is a constant reminder to reward myself for jobs well done; not for mediocrity…for jobs well done. Notice I started with food…after all, that’s why I’m dedicated to weight training and cardio, so I can spoil myself when I want to. When I’m re-married someday, my list may change but for now, here are some end zone celebratory dance starters:
- A special meal at your favorite restaurant
- A special dessert (a decadent chocolate ‘something’)
- Find a park and walk in grass barefoot (it’s good for you too)
- Find a beach and walk in the sand at sunrise or sunset
- Take a picnic basket and go on a day trip
- Find an arcade to re-connect with your fun side
- Take a weekend trip to totally de-tox from your hectic schedule
- Get a massage
- Spend the night out dancing
- Go to a comedy club
- Go to a movie
- Just be a couch potato for one entire day
- Buy yourself flowers (men can do this too)
- Order a few books from your Amazon.com wish list
Add your own victory dances.