Tim Tebow is just such an optimist. Even though he won a College National Championship and the Heisman Trophy at the University of Florida, his quarterback skills have been much maligned:
Everybody came out to see if the underdog could succeed. While the optimists had a lot of hope they also knew that Tebow has the ingredients for optimistic belief: an incredible work ethic, always displays an upbeat and can-do attitude, and is not afraid to stand up and shout out his Christian faith. Tebow clearly demonstrates my contention that psychology is not enough, and their must be a strong and steady spiritual component in order to live and remain in the 90% optimism zone.
Perhaps the pessimists came out in droves too to see if their negative predictions would prove true. But my hunch is that the pessimist wouldn’t put forth such effort, and instead would wait for the final outcome and if Tebow lost would say: “I told you so.”
The press and others have made much of the number 316, because that is the number of yards he passed for resulting in 31.6ards per completion. John 3:16 which is Tebow’s favorite and says:
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
So Tebow not only offers us the optimism of overcoming though hard work and disciplined action, but also the optimism of the “Good News” that Jesus died for our sins so that we can begin again anew, be reborn in spirit in each and very moment for an eternity. Remember -
Optimism is the view that allows us to believe that the problem is not only solvable, but gives us the courage to take the risk to solve it, the calling-up of untold and sometimes unrealized resources to find a solution, and the energy to persist through every step of the problem solving process until the goal has been achieved.
Tebow’s optimism not only gave him the belief that he could “beat-the-
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