Tim Tebow: Models of Motivational Mindsets
Updated: May 19
Amidst a major career shift from football to baseball that most wouldn’t dare to attempt, Tim Tebow didn’t show a hint of doubt in his decision. When asked during an interview what he would do if it doesn’t work out, Tebow responded, “What if it doesn’t? Most people already think it’s not going to. So? What does that matter? If you have a goal, if something’s been placed on your heart, then strive for it.”
This short snippet from a 2018 CNBC interview displays a glimpse of the strong mindset that has led Tebow to where he is today. As we read further about Tebow’s mentality, we noticed similarities between his mindset and the Pro Mindset® as described by veteran NFL agent Craig Domann.
Quote: “It takes a mindset. It takes character. It takes being locked in.”
Tebow believes that achieving your goals is not about talent or ability. Rather, he places an emphasis on mentality, and particularly, belief. While many discouraged him from making the move from football to baseball, Tebow didn’t listen because he believed in himself. He knew what he was capable of, so regardless of what other people had to say, his belief remained strong.
Just as belief is an integral part of Tebow’s mentality, it is one of the fundamental aspects of the Pro Mindset. Craig Domann says belief is the “starting block of everything. If you don’t believe in yourself, who will?” Tebow believed in himself. That’s where his shift from football to baseball began.
Quote: “I love the concept of finishing strong because whatever it is that we’re going for in life, people are going to get fatigued and tired and discouraged…But if we have our mindset on that goal and we continue to fight ... then we can finish strong.”
While Tebow applies the concept of “finishing strong” to all aspects of his life, it was particularly important to him as a football player. Tebow explained that throughout his football career, he always strived to put his best effort in the fourth quarter. As he saw his opponents grow more and more fatigued throughout the game, Tebow used this as an opportunity to make game-winning plays.
Performance Readiness is one of the seven components of the Pro Mindset. Craig Domann, host of Pro Mindset Podcast, has broken down “mindset” into seven components. Performance Readiness” is what Tebow is referring to about finishing strong in the 4th quarter. Craig digs deeper into Performance Readiness and shares there are four phases to Performance Readiness:
(2) Excellent Practice,
(3) Visualization, and
(4) Combat Breathing.
Tebow would not have been able to successfully perform in the NFL and particularly in the fourth quarter unless,
(a) he prepared for his opponent each week and learned his team’s offensive strategies,
(b) he practiced well during the week especially the play calls the offensive coordinator would likely call in the fourth quarter,
(c) he visualized in advance (night before is best) his successful performance in the fourth quarter – even the sights and sounds of the fans, the smells and moods of his teammates and seeing himself successfully execute the plays he expected the OC to call in crunch time, and
(d) he breathed the oxygen of belief immediately before the ball was snapped!
It may be easy to start out strong, but what really matters is if an athlete can perform strong when it matters most—often near the end of the game. Tebow’s winning habits are what set him apart from his opponents. While others would grow tired and put in less effort at the end of the game, Tebow did the opposite.
Just like Tebow’s mindset, belief and performance readiness are two components of the seven fundamental facets of the Pro Mindset. To learn about the rest of the keys to the Pro Mindset, check out the Pro Mindset Podcast here.