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Those of you who follow the NFL will know that Drew Brees broke the All Time Passing Yards record earlier this year. By the time of this posting, he will probably have broken the All Time Passing Touchdown record as well.
The night of the game where he broke the passing record, Drew’s wife and four children were staged along the sideline so they could celebrate with him. After breaking the record, he went to the sideline to be with his family for a few minutes. There was something very simple, but very compelling that hit me while I was watching them.
Drew kissed his wife then kneeled down in front of his kids and he said, “did you see that? That was amazing, wasn’t it? I always want to you remember that you can accomplish anything you want if you are willing to work for it.”
But it wasn’t his statement about work and accomplishment that struck me. It was his willingness to state that he had done something amazing. That breaking this record was a big deal and he was proud of it.
So many of us, especially women, are hesitant to admit when we’ve done something great. We qualify it and minimalize it and sweep it under the rug. I’m not sure if we do it because we don’t want to draw attention to ourselves or if we don’t want to sound egotistical or if we don’t really think we are worthy of it. It’s probably for each and a combination of all of those reasons.
But here is my public service announcement: ITS OKAY TO CALL A BIG DEAL A BIG DEAL.
It’s okay to say, “did you see that? Did you see what I just did? It was amazing and I’m proud of it.”
If you do it correctly, no one will even once call you egotistical. Drew Brees is one of the most humble people and biggest team players you will find in the NFL. He always gives credit where credit is due. But he was willing to acknowledge that what he did was awesome.
I want to encourage each of you to use Drew’s statement to his kids as a reminder that we need to take credit for our accomplishments. It’s important for your family and friends to see you be proud of what you do and to call a big deal a big deal. And it’s important for you as well.