Sunday, January 15, 2012

Why Football Fans are Seeing the Benefits of Positive Thinking

Sometimes even when we're not totally into something, we just can't escape it.

Take for instance, football. I'm not much of a pro football fan (much to the dismay of my die-hard Eagles fan colleagues and my sister's love for the Ravens), but it's nearly impossible to avoid the newest "big name" in the sport.

A while back, it was Michael Vick and the unravelling of his illegal and abusive treatment of animals.

More recently, it has been all about the Penn State University scandal that rocked the program to its core.

But finally, finally, there is some good news with the newest face of football. Tim Tebow has made his name in the game not only for being a quality quarterback, but also for the new "athlete personality" that he is bringing to the game. It's refreshing to see a high-caliber athlete, who is being paid a handsome salary, be a bit different.

With Tebow, there's no big ego. There's no disrespect. In fact, there's quite the opposite; Tebow shows us a new side of the game with his humility, respect for himself and the other players, and commitment to his beliefs. So it was no surprise when I came across an article about him entitled, "Tebow and the Power of Positive Thinking".

In it, psychologist Dr. Stacey Scheckner had some great insight into this player's success and I thought I would share her insight with you for today's featured quote.

 "...if you're not in a positive frame of mind, you're not going to be able to reach that full potential that's inside of you because your thoughts are going to create your actions."  

Quite right, if I may say so myself. We sometimes forget just how powerful our inner thoughts can be and how much of an impact they have on our actions.

So, while I probably will not be a season ticket-holder anytime soon, I may have found a little piece of the game that can offer something more than oversized egos with some athleticism thrown in.

Whether you're a football fan or not, share your thoughts in the comment section below about a time when you turned your positive thoughts into positive actions.

Keep Smiling,

1 comment:

  1. Hi Vanessa:
    Interesting that you invoke Tim Tebow's name in your blog as I recently wrote a column at my own blog called Confidence: where I also discuss Tebow as well as Steve Jobs, another man you blogged about. One of the traits I particularly identify with with Tebow is his total lack of the ME attitude so mant celebraties have these days. When asked about his performance on the field, he ALWAYS deflects the attention off himself and instead points it toward his teammates.

    I understand that you're not a football fan and you probably don't sit through post game interviews. But Tebow is SO good at this. In EVERY instance when her performed well, he NEVER took credit. He always credits everyone else around him. When he performed poorly then it was about him. He had to learn more. He had to adjust his talent. etc.

    You don't find that humility much today. It's so refreshing to see.


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