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Posted: March 26, 2012

The Manning-Tebow connection

High performance unites with higher consciousness

TC North

In the meat market of professional football, the Denver Broncos look at Peyton Manning as well-aged prime meat. And Tim Tebow? A cut below. But sometimes, even in meat markets, higher consciousness prevails. (How often do you hear the term “higher consciousness” connected to football players?)

In business, government, religion, humanitarian efforts and even our families, most people yearn for leaders with higher consciousness. In the heart of Denver, we have two quarterbacks who think and live in their higher consciousness. Peyton Manning and Tim Tebow have demonstrated great depth of character and consciousness in Manning’s recent free agent acquisition and Tebow’s trade.

Manning openly states that he isn’t 100 percent healthy: “I have some strength that I have to get back.” He even provided the Broncos with a computer disk containing all of his medical history. Wouldn’t it be incredible if a job applicant were this candid in an interview? Manning reportedly also convinced Broncos executives to protect the Broncos’ organization in the contract because of his medical challenges. Whoa, can you imagine negotiating with a potential hire and hearing, “If I can’t perform at the level I promise, you won’t have to pay me”?

When Manning demonstrated his throwing ability, he was more critical of it than John Elway was. Manning said: “It wasn’t great throwing. … I’m not where I want to be. … It bothers me that I don’t feel the way I want to feel.”

And do you think this superstar — who has been the league’s most valuable player four times, been a Pro Bowl selection 11 times and won a Super Bowl — feels entitled? Not a chance. He stated: “When some guys get huge new contracts, they’re asked, ‘What are you going to do with the money you just made?’ And they will say they’re going to buy this and that.” But don’t expect Manning to go on a buying spree. He said, “I’m sitting there saying, ‘I’m going to try and go earn it.’” That’s a high-performance mindset and a guy I’ll bet you’d love to hire (if you could afford him)!

And what about Tim Tebow, a man of great character and a leader who deserves both appreciation and admiration? What did he say when the Broncos VP John Elway and Coach John Fox told him he might be traded because of the Manning deal? He said, “Well, we’re talking about Peyton Manning, and I understand exactly what you’re doing.”

Two quarterbacks, two men of great character, two men with higher-conscious thinking. We can all learn high performance and higher-consciousness thinking from these two men. Do you think like a high performer?

Note: All quotes are from the Denver Post.

Dr. TC North is co-author of the Amazon bestseller Fearless Leaders. For 28 years, he has been a high-performance executive coach and speaker who helps individuals and organizations identify and attain their visions and dreams. He also has coached professional and Olympic athletes in the art of creating thoughts and emotions that maximize success. He’s a professional speaker on “Fearless Leaders” and “Master Fear.” Dr. North’s work has been featured on TV and radio and in business and scientific journals. Learn more at Contact Dr. North at 303-665-8920 or, or connect on LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter.





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Readers Respond

Scott, thank you for being a mindful financial consultant. Businesses need your reminders. You can be a higher-conscious thinker and be a winner in both sports and business! Keep up your good work! By TC North on 2012 04 02
A Greek buddy of mine always reminds me the key to slaying our ego is to remain conscious. For strong leaders, ego often gets in the way of our being aware of how we treat others especially those in support rolls (waiters, bus boys, those "below" our socioeconomic status). Tebow, for sure, exhibits a leader who stays conscious of who he is, a man driven to glorify his Lord Jesus Christ. Manning exhibits a proven leader who understands staying in the moment as he barks out offensive commands that more often than not beat the defense. My goal as a financial consultant is to get owners to stay conscious of the forces that push and pull their agendas every hour with on eye on bottom line results, but I'm really hoping they sense a higher calling than profit. Life is more than the bottom line as Manning and Tebow know. By Scott H. on 2012 04 02
Great insight, Julie! You gave me my first laugh of the day with your comment! By TC North on 2012 03 27
As far as leadership, character and humility, the Broncos have come a long way since Jay Cutler! Good stuff, TC. By Julie Hansen on 2012 03 26
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