Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review but all opinions below are my own and I was not compensated for this post.
I recently finished Shaken: Discovering Your True Identity in the Midst of Life’s Storms by Tim Tebow. Tim is a former Heisman trophy winner, ex-NFL player, philanthropist and current MLB player for the New York Mets. He is also very religious and his faith plays a huge role in his life. He thought he would have a long career as an NFL quarterback, but sometimes life has different plans. This book outlines how he dealt with this new life journey. Here are five reasons why you should read this book!
Discover Who You Are
Oftentimes we link our self worth and identity to “things”. This could be a person, a sport, your job, etc. In the sad event that you lose one of these “things”, how would you feel? Tim makes it clear throughout the book that he believes that he was called to play football, so when he got cut from yet another football team he was confused. In the second chapter of the book Tim says “that identity comes not necessarily from who we are, but from whose we are.”
Dealing With Negativity
Throughout his NFL career and beyond, Tim has dealt with a lot of criticism. How does he still say positive when it seems like others want to tear him down? Tim uses two methods. If a criticism comes from a place of love, it’s a hard truth, but you should receive it as it may be something that you really need to hear to improve. The other method is to shut down the negative talk. Don’t allow the negativity to make you lose hope in your goal or dream. Keep having hop, keep pressing on and always keep growing and changing.
As runners, we can definitely apply these fundamentals to our training. We all deal with negative talk and self-doubt, but we can’t give into it. Also constructive criticism, from someone like a running coach, will more than likely make you a better runner if you’re open to receiving it.
Being Normal is Overrated
Do you know what normal is, because I sure don’t! I’m not normal- never have been, never will be, and I like it that way! People try to fit into a box or whatever they think is “normal”, but why be the status quo? If we all looked the same and acted the same way, the world would be a very big boring place. In chapter 7, Tim gives great examples on how to be different, and why it’s okay. “When everyone around you is picking on someone, stand up for that person. When you see injustice, try to make it right.” You have so much to offer when you are original and can be yourself.
These concepts can be applied to running and social media. The awesome thing about the running community is that there is room for EVERYONE. There is no need to put down other runners for any reason. Sure, we all do things differently, but if you see something on blogs or message boards that just doesn’t seem right, speak up and go against the norm. On social media, please just be yourself! When you’re trying too hard, it shows and when you aren’t being genuine, that shows too.
Dealing With Pressure
How do you deal with pressure? Tim makes a good point that pressure is really just fear. You have to ask yourself, what are you afraid of? Tim shares a few inspirational stories about how his dad dealt with extremely high pressure situations head on because he was not fearful. In turn, Tim approaches his life this way as well.
Running a marathon was a source of pressure for me last year. I was fearful that I would not be able to complete this task and I was afraid of failure. Being afraid of failing can hold you back from so many life experiences.
What Will Your Legacy Be?
What do you want your legacy to be? Everyone can make a difference and leave a legacy of positivity, if they choose to do so. As runners, we have so many ways to leave a “legacy” so to speak. If you’re a running coach, you leave a legacy of knowledge. When you volunteer at a race, you leave a legacy of kindness. When you help that struggling runner during a race, you leave a legacy of compassion.
I have to say, I really liked this book and enjoyed learning more about Tim Tebow. I definitely had an image of him in my head just based on his career and the media, but this book helped me learn more about Tim Tebow as a person. I think that his resiliency and commitment to his faith is really something to be admired and respected.
Have you ever been surprised by a book?