Okay, so I didn’t get to meet Tim Tebow as I had wished for in my previous blog. I considered the option of rushing the stage, but I thought that might be inappropriate in a church.
Anywho, something Tebow talked about really got me thinking, and I thought I would share with you all what insight he gave. In 2008, the University of Florida had a heartbreaking loss to Mississippi, stealing away their so-far undefeated season. When Tebow came out of the locker room, this is the speech he gave:
I just want to say one thing.
To the fans and everybody in Gator Nation, I’m sorry, extremely sorry.
I promise you one thing, a lot of good will come out of this.
You will never see any player in the entire country play as hard as I will play the rest of the season, and you will never see someone push the rest of the team as hard as I will push everybody the rest of the season, and you will never see a team play harder that we will the rest of the season.
The Florida Gators went on to win the championship that year, they finished strong. These are words that Tebow lives by. Everyone always says “finish strong,” but I never took the time to process what that means. I’ll use a running example. For anyone who has ever ran a race, you have probably heard someone tell you to run hard through the finish line, to not slow down until you’re past it.
This can be applied to goal setting, work, school, or even everyday activities. The mindset that we all need to have involves working through something in its entirety. What it all comes down to is the end result, and do you want to be seen at the end barely trying? No. We want to give our all, every second of the way, especially at the end. That’s where it really counts. Even when obstacles get in our way, we have to overcome them and finish strong. If it’s a project, finish strong to get an A. If it’s work, finish strong to get a promotion. If it’s a game, finish strong to win it.
“All endeavor calls for the ability to tramp the last mile, shape the last plan, endure the last hours toil. The fight to the finish spirit is the one… characteristic we must posses if we are to face the future as finishers.” – Henry David Thoreau