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The Inner Game of Tennis by W. Timothy Gallwey

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The Inner Game of Tennis

A book that is not about tennis only. It is about learning to maximize peak performance.

By reading this book, you are advised to discover your true potential by increasing your concentration, willpower, and confidence. A revolutionary approach that will teach you how to develop your focus and help you break bad habits that put obstacles in front of your development. And the most crucial aspect of the book is that you can learn how to trust yourself.

An amazing book, I highly recommend you read if it comes to increase performance.

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My Ratings

This book helps you to improve:

Life performance70%
Self-confidence90%
Positive thinking85%
Well-being70%
Health65%

Knowladge is light. Read more to discover the person you can be by reaching your peak potential.

Thoughts I most like in „The inner game of tennis”

You should free yourself from any emotional reaction to success or failure; simply know your goal and take an objective interest in the result.

W. Timothy Gallwey

First, the mind judges the event, then groups, events then identifies with the combined events and finally judges itself. As a result, what usually happens is that these self-judgments become self-fulfilling prophecies.

W. Timothy Gallwey

Trust the body to learn and to play, as you would trust another person to do a job, and in a short time, it will perform beyond your expectations. Let the flower grow.

W. Timothy Gallwey

The trusting and loving parent lets the child perform his own actions, even to the extent of making mistakes, because he trusts the child to learn from them.

W. Timothy Gallwey

Mothers observe their children’s efforts with love and interest, and if they are wise, without much interference.

W. Timothy Gallwey

The unconscious mind and nervous system hears everything, never forgets anything, and is anything but stupid.

W. Timothy Gallwey

When we plant a rose seed in the earth, we notice that it is small, but we do not criticize it as “rootless and stemless.” We treat it as a seed, giving it the water and nourishment required of a seed. The rose is a rose from the time it is a seed to the time it dies. Within it at all times, it contains its whole potential.

W. Timothy Gallwey

Similarly, the errors we make can be seen as an important part of the developing process.

W. Timothy Gallwey

“It is a painful process to fight one’s way out of deep mental grooves. It’s like digging yourself out of a trench. But there is a natural and more childlike method. A child doesn’t dig his way out of his old grooves; he simply starts new ones! The groove may be there, but you’re not in it unless you put yourself there. If you think you are controlled by a bad habit, then you will feel you have to try to break it. A child doesn’t have to break the habit of crawling. because he doesn’t think he has a habit. He simply leaves as he finds walking an easier way to get around. In short, there is no need to fight old habits. Start new ones. It is the resisting of an old habit that puts you in that trench. Starting a new pattern is easy when done with childlike disregard for imagined difficulties. You can prove this to yourself by your own experience.”

W. Timothy Gallwey

“Attention is focused consciousness, and consciousness is that power of knowing.”

W. Timothy Gallwey

“Anxiety is fear about what may happen in the future. and it occurs only when the mind is imagining what the future may bring. But when your attention is on the here and now, the actions which need to be done in the present have their best chance of being successfully accomplished, and as a result, the future will become the best possible present.”

W. Timothy Gallwey

“Thoughts and thinking come and go, but the child self, the true self, is there and will be there as long as our breath is. To enjoy it, to appreciate it is the gift of focus.”

W. Timothy Gallwey

“Here and now are the only place and time when one ever enjoys himself or accomplish anything. Most of our suffering takes place when we allow our minds to imagine the future or mull over the past.”

W. Timothy Gallwey

“We live in an achievement-oriented society where people tend to be measured by their competence in various endeavors. But who said that I am to be measured by how well I do things? In fact, who said that I should be measured at all? Who indeed? What is required to disengage oneself from this trap is a clear knowledge that the value of a  human being cannot be measured by the performance – or by any other arbitrary measurement. Do we really think the value of a human being is measurable? It doesn’t really make sense to measure ourselves in comparison with other immeasurable beings. In fact, we are what we are; we are not how well we happen to perform at a given moment.”

W. Timothy Gallwey

“Stability grows as I learn to accept what I cannot control and take control of what I can.”

W. Timothy Gallwey

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