Athletes are often known for their rigorous workouts, intense trainings, and physical strength. Often times, we forget about the process that took them there…the blood, sweat, and tears, to make it to the top of their sport. We forget about the critics from friends, media, family, fans, and social media platforms. And, what about when you’re dealing with a loss and you need the mental stamina it takes to just keep going when you want to quit?
At the ESPN College Football Party on Saturday, January 7, 2017, I collaborated with r3play TV and interviewed Tim Tebow about what it truly means to be “mentally tough”. Tebow explained, “Being mentally tough means you can push through barriers, obstacles, and things that stand in your way to get to being the best coach, player, whatever it is, that you can possibly be.” That’s exactly right! It takes mental stamina to compete at the highest level. Tebow made history in 2007 as the first sophomore to win the Heisman trophy, while a quarterback with the Florida Gators.
As a graduate from the University of Florida, it was with great honor that I had the opportunity to interview Tebow and understand his perspective on mental toughness. He has shown great dignity, grace, and faith in his endeavors, both inside and outside of the sports world. Tebow is known for his mental toughness and his incredible commitment to the community. The Tim Tebow Foundation’s motto “to bring faith, hope, and love to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour of need,” reminds you of the compassion of Tebow and how he makes an impact in the world.
We have a lot to learn from Tim Tebow. He has taught the world lessons on how to be mentally strong, as well as how to give back to others. If you want to be successful, start working on your mental toughness and never ever give up on your dreams.
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