Tim Tebow and Demaryius Thomas: A Lesson About High Achievement

What You Say To Yourself If You Want To Succeed
by Gene Griessman, Ph.D.

The game-winning pass that Denver Bronco quarterback Tim Tebow threw to Demaryius Thomas has created quite a stir.   That 80-yard pass play upset the favored Pittsburgh Steelers in overtime, and went into the NFL history book. The shortest overtime ever, in regular season or playoffs. Just 11 seconds.

Great football! Great theater!

Plus a great opportunity to learn a lesson about what it takes to achieve.

Tebow’s pass might have been just another fine pass completion, had it not been for the electrifying run by Demaryius Thomas, a young receiver who was not yet a big name.

One of the Broncos—Willis McGahee, who recovered the fumble that set up the overtime—told a reporter afterward: “I was just saying, ‘Man, trust your speed. Trust your speed. Don’t cut back. Don’t cut back.’ And he kept it straight. He outran the guy.”

McGahee’s comment is precisely what I teach leaders about effective communication. Trust your talent! Trust your talent!

I learned that lesson from one of my acting coaches. He taught me to do that if an audience is not responding the way I want it to. “Don’t try to reach too far. Don’t strain. Don’t overact. Stay with what you know you can do well. Trust your talent.”

And that is my routine now. Before every Lincoln performance, I do self-talk, assisted by a small deck of 3 x 5 cards. On one of them is written: “Trust you talent.”

And that is what Demaryius Thomas did. He trusted his talent, which in his case is speed.

–Gene Griessman is an internationally known keynote speaker, actor, and consultant. His video “Lincoln on Communication” is owned by thousands of corporations, libraries, and government organizations. He has spoken at conventions all over the world. To learn more about his services, contact us at 404-256-5927 or abe@mindspring.com

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