This year, the Los Angeles Dodgers won the World Series. After two unsuccessful attempts in the last four years, they won. As a Dodgers fan, I was, of course, super excited that they were finally world champions. But I wasn’t as happy as I thought I should be. It reminded me of an interview Tom Brady gave after winning his third of six super bowls. He said, “there’s gotta be more than this… what else is there for me?”
Nick Saban, coach of the University of Alabama, had this to say to his players and coaches:
“Don’t think about winning the SEC Championship. Don’t think about the national championship. Think about what you needed to do in this drill, on this play, in this moment. That’s the process: Let’s think about what we can do today, the task at hand.”
The big moments, the championship wins, those are few and far between. You probably aren’t going to have a championship moment today. If you do, you almost certainly won’t have one tomorrow. And when you do, what you’ll look back to see was not that it was this moment that means so much, but all the work that led up to it.
I’m not saying you shouldn’t enjoy the big moments. But don’t look past the little moments too. If you’re a baseball fan, don’t look past game 17 of the 162 game season to the championship. If it’s your career, don’t look past, quoting Tim Urban, “crushing a Tuesday” to a big promotion. Enjoy all the little moments. They are what make the big moments, and there are a lot more of them to enjoy.
P.S. While we’re on the topic of Tom Brady: