PCA Development Zone®

Resource Center

Erin Chastain: Celebrating Goals While Staying Focused

Share This Resource

Erin Chastain (@ChastainErin) has served as DePaul University Women's Soccer Head Coach since 2007. Earlier, she spent five seasons at national soccer power Santa Clara University as an assistant coach. During her tenure with the Broncos, the program reached the championship game of the 2002 NCAA Championship, the semifinals in 2004 and the quarterfinals in 2005. She also helped the program to West Coast Conference titles in four of her five seasons. Erin also spent time during her first three seasons at Santa Clara working with several youth teams in the Bay Area, including the DeAnza Strykers and the North Valley Tornadoes.

In this video, Erin explains the importance of taking time to celebrate achievement of short-term goals, while never losing focus on longer-term goals. In her example, "goal" is used quite literally, in the sense of celebrating the difficult achievement of putting the ball in the back of the net, yet realizing that does not mean the game is over.

This is also important as a broader life lesson in which people enjoy their success while continuing to pursue even more and greater success.