Open by Andre Agassi Rafa by Rafael Nadal The Inner Game of Tennis by W. Timothy Gallwey A Champion’s Mind by Pete Sampras You Cannot Be Serious by. 45 quotes from The Inner Game of Tennis: The Classic Guide to the Mental Side of Peak Performance: ‘When we plant a rose seed in the earth, we notice tha. A phenomenon when first published in , the Inner Game was a real revelation. Instead of serving up technique, it concentrated on the fact that, as Gallwey.

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We stand in wonder at the process taking place and give the plant the care it needs at each stage of its development. Timothy Gallwey born in San Francisco, California is an author who has written a series of books in which he has set forth a new methodology for coaching and for the development of personal and professional excellence in a variety of fields, that he calls “The Inner Game.

Tumothy worth a read to get great ideas on how to trust your subconscious and overcome your own tendencies to over-think performance – and thereby not perform as well as you can.

There is no way that our agllwey can think through all of the small movements our body needs to do to hit a fast-coming ball with a tennis racket, or control our vocal chords to sing a song, or play a fast-paced jig on a fiddle. Nov 13, Betsy rated it it was amazing Shelves: This question ihner spoilers… view spoiler [In this book the author says ” One day while I was wondering about these matters, a very cheery and attractive housewife came to me for a lesson My husband’s Goodreads account is inexplicably linked to mine.

Timothy Gallwey

Views Read Edit View history. Our desire that things be different from what they are pulls our minds into an unreal world, and consequently we are less able to appreciate what the present has to offer. By reading the title you’d think it’s about tennis, but it only touches it. Whether you play tennis or galleey sports or no sports at all, this galleey will relate to at least one thing in your life.


Among the most vocal are youth who have suffered under competitive pressures imposed on them by parents or society. If your eyes are squinting or straining, you are trying too hard. For the player of the Inner Game, it is the moment-by-moment effort to let go and to stay centered in the here-and-now action which offers the real winning and losing, and this game never ends. Nov 22, Vishal rated it really liked it. Jun 06, Cristina rated it really ihner it Shelves: Self 1 – teller, thinker, criticizer, and Self 2 – doer.

Jan 26, Arash Narchi rated it it was amazing Shelves: I was timmothy short sight in avoiding timoty and thinking I needed to focus instead on technique and the physical. The first skill to learn is the art of letting go the human inclination to judge ourselves and our performance as either good or bad.

Slumps are timotny of the process. Judgmental labels usually lead to emotional reactions and then to ti Quotes: Gallwey, much like Herrigel does in the magnificent Zen in the Art of Archerydiscusses the familiar Buddhist concepts of letting go of judgement and negativity and observing thoughts and emotions, but through the lens of sport, which somehow finally made it make sense to me. It’s primary thrust is to help the reader learn to apply some basic principle of non-judgment and focus to thei Gallwfy book is a classic — if you play tennis it’s a must read.

May 20, Ispirian Hovhannes rated it it was amazing. Most of our suffering takes place when we allow our minds to imagine the future or mull over the past.

Then is your opponent a friend or an enemy? The first kind sees most obstacles as insurmountable and walks away.

The Inner Game of Tennis Quotes by W. Timothy Gallwey

No one wants to stand around on the court waiting for the big wave. If you find yourself chastising yourself for losing focus, then you may be overcontrolling.

To do these sorts gallwsy things, we need to stop thinking and let our unconscious twnnis – “self 2” – take over, trusting self 2 entirely. Here and now are the only place and time when tsnnis ever enjoys himself or accomplishes anything. Both players benefit by their efforts to overcome the obstacles presented by the other. I found it goes pretty well with the dual process theory presented in Thinking, Fast and Slowconnecting “self 1” to “system 2” and vice versa.


The focal point to always keep in mind is that the unconscious mind is especially well-suited for processing tremendous amounts of information at once, which is exactly what training muscles to coordinate into complex motions requires.

Images are better than words, showing better than telling, too much instruction worse than none, and… trying often produces negative results. They must be perceived clearly. The book is quite strange to read if you go into it without any plans to gllwey learning tennis in the future but you read it anyway because of all the high recommendations.

I hope you read this book too, because it’s a game-changer. Then is your opponent a friend or an enemy?

Picture the Desired Outcome Step 3: Both positive and negative thinking inhibit spontaneity. It is not trying hard. Learn to let go inndr the ego, and trust the body we are born with, that is the tug-o-war with ourselves, and also what Gallwey describes as the Inner Game. In tennis who is it that provides a person with the obstacles he needs in order to experience his highest limits? Jun 16, John rated it it was amazing Shelves: Worth a read, timohhy can easily be done in an afternoon.

Mar 12, Jeremy rated it it was amazing. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Pointing to the blatant cruelties and limitations involved in a cultural pattern which tends to value only the winner and ignore even the positive qualities of the mediocre, they vehemently criticize competition. But now I don’t have to because I have locked down the inner game. I have not read this book innner I trust the reviewer. This is a setup. It is effortless and relaxed, not tense and overly controlled.

Return to Galley Page. Jul 25, David rated it it was amazing.

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