Did you see the Atlanta Falcons owner and his wife come down to the sidelines extremely early to celebrate victory when they led the Patriots by 28-9 in the Super Bowl? Their smiles turned upside down and their very obvious presence turned into embarrassment as they grimaced through 31 unanswered points and most devastating comeback in championship history.
Don’t celebrate your sale until the check is received. Don’t celebrate your speech until the buyer says it’s time to talk about further business. Don’t celebrate your fine year until your pipeline is filling for the next year.
By all means be confident and happy. But you don’t celebrate your birthday until it actually arrives, right? Premature celebration can leave you standing on the sidelines, well dressed, and in full public view—while someone else goes home with the trophy.
© Alan Weiss 2017