Get Tebow'ed in 2012!!
It's one of the hottest stories in today's news - Tim Tebow. If you're not an NFL fan, Tim Tebow is the quarterback for the Denver Broncos. Tebow gets credit for leading the team to six consecutive wins, rallying teammates to four improbable come-from-behind victories in a row. Although the drive for the playoffs stalled (the Broncos were defeated by the Patriots at the time this article was written), Tebowmania continues.
He has transcended sports. Op-Ed pieces about him appeared in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. He merited a skit on Saturday Night Live. His name has been acknowledged as an English language word according to the Global Language Monitor.
“Te-bow-ing: verb - the act of ‘taking a knee’ in prayerful reflection in the midst of an athletic activity”
It's fascinating. A guy we're trying to wrap our brains around. The “mile-high messiah” they’re calling him, for the Bronco’s high-altitude Denver stadium and Tebow’s very public turns to God. Regardless of your religious orientation, it's a refreshing story - especially at a time when professional athletes are known more for off-field violence and immorality. Tim Tebow doesn't engage in ball-spiking, taunting, dances or chest-thumping. The real story behind Tim Tebow is his will and ability to execute under pressure.
"If you believe," Tebow told reporters, "then unbelievable things can sometimes be possible."
Norma Vincent Peale wrote and talked about it. It's the way Tebow thinks. Everyone in the huddle says it is going to work and it permeates everything. The louder it gets in the stadium, the closer he gets to “crunch time.” He's confident in his skill level, in his ability to make things happen. We like his leadership and buy into it. We, too, continue to believe.
So is it really possible that this somewhat ambiguous power generated from within is powerful enough to win professional football games - or help you achieve your own practice success? Tebow certainly thinks so, as does famous author Dr. Norman Vincent Peale and prominent psychologist Dr. Martin Seligman.
Peale wrote one of the world's most famous self-help books, The Power of Positive Thinking. His central theme - "Faith in yourself makes good things happen to you." He called self-doubt life's "most devastating handicap" and claims that by eliminating negativity, you'll no longer be prevented "from achieving happiness and success."
Peale's steps to success, which apply to Tebow or anyone else, include "formulating and stamping indelibly on your mind a mental picture of yourself as succeeding." He also recommends that: "whenever a negative thought concerning your personal powers comes to mind, deliberately voice a positive thought to cancel it out." Through his research, Martin Seligman, Director of the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania and founder of positive psychology, has furthered the central premise that: "positive emotions are frequently paired with happy circumstances."
Tim Tebow is an eternal optimist. He never gives up. Reminds me of the Optimist Creed:
Like Tim Tebow, I'm a big believer in the power of optimism. It is the foundation of all self-confidence. You can't be self-confident if you're not optimistic. And, optimism is a choice. So get up every day believing that good things will happen - and then go about making 2012 a very Hopeful New Year!
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