The Inner Game of Thinking

Timothy Gallwey, the man who taught the inner, thinking approach to tennis back in the early 1970s, now coaches business people. He uses the sports as a model in teaching them how to think.

In The Inner Game of Tennis, Gallwey told tennis players they would have a better chance of directing the ball successfully over the net if they got rid of certain counterproductive mental habits - namely, consciously trying to steer the ball's trajectory. He showed players that they could do much better by attending to the sound of the ball hitting the court, the feel of the racquet connecting with the ball, and the experience of the body as it goes through its moves. In other words, players were to reel their mind in from the court, and let it work in the body, where it belongs.

Trying not to try was Gallwey's key to the inner game, and now he is applying his method to the game of the 1980s and 1990s - business. Corporations hire him to teach managers how to pay less attention to maintaining an aura of competence, which is the managerial equivalent of mentally steering a tennis ball into the opponent's court. He helps them instead to adapt to new, challenging situations as they arise - or how to think on their feet, to put it colloquially.

Based on material from "How to Boost your brain-power" by Roger Yepson published by Rodale press 1987.

Another book which is very similar in theme is Zen and the Art of Archery by Herrigal. I will make some notes and install them on this web page.

I would be very interested to read The Inner Game of Creativity if Gallwey would write such a title.

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Last updated: 16th October 1996

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