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Brady highlights a notable passage from a classic bestseller, surprisingly, about tennis. W. Timothy Gallwey's The Inner Game of Tennis: The Classic Side to the Mental Guide of Peak Performance was a phenomenon when it was published in 1972, mainly for its revolutionary take on overcoming the self-doubt, nervousness, and lapses of concentration that can keep a player from winning. As Gallwey wrote, "Every game is composed of two parts, an outer game and an inner game. The former is played against opponents, and is filled with lots of contradictory advice; the latter is played within the mind of the player, and its principal obstacles are self-doubt and anxiety."
TOM BRADY CREDITS THE INNER GAME OF TENNIS AFTER SUPERBOWL
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Many players receive books from coaches and toss them in the back of their locker. Others flip through them, dutifully. Kerr read “Inner Game”, then read it again, taking notes. He was hooked.

The book’s basic concept is simple: Our brains often screw up what our bodies are perfectly capable of doing on their own “If you ever watch a tennis player, a lot of them will talk to themselves, explains Kerr. “[Gallwey] was a tennis teacher and he was watching his student one day and thought to himself, ‘Who is he talking to?’ It’s kind of weird if you actually stop and think about it. You’re talking to yourself, right? So does that mean there are two yous?”
COACH STEVE KERR QUOTES TIM GALLWEY'S THE INNER GAME OF TENNIS
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The source that Carroll cites most often in crediting the inspiration of his coaching habits is Timothy Gallwey’s The Inner Game of Tennis, which is about tennis only in some ways. Although tennis is Gallwey’s chosen craft, it’s easy to see how Carroll found it applicable to football–or indeed, how it can be applicable to anybody’s own ventures in life. Although there are a few tennis-specific chapters here and there that invite skimming for the non-player, The Inner Game of Tennis is a vessel for Gallwey’s teachings on “the art of relaxed concentration.” And, whatever you’re doing right now, doesn’t a place of relaxed concentration sound like a beautiful place to be?
COACH PETE CARROLL ON THE INNER GAME OF TENNIS
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Welcome to The Inner Game

Tim Gallwey introduces The Inner Game


What is The Inner Game?

In every human endeavor there are two arenas of engagement: the outer and the inner. The outer game is played on an external arena to overcome external obstacles to reach an external goal. The inner game takes place within the mind of the player and is played against such obstacles as fear, self-doubt, lapses in focus, and limiting concepts or assumptions. The Inner Game is a proven method to overcome the self-imposed obstacles that prevent an individual or team from accessing their full potential.

Grow potential and reduce self-interference. Don’t just be a doer in life; whatever you are doing, learn, evolve, and maximize your enjoyment of the limited time you are given.
~ Tim Gallwey

With millions of copies sold, Tim’s ground breaking Inner Game books have influenced the lives of many.

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The Inner Game is a Game for All

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Changing From the Inside Out

A candid expression from an
Inner Game School graduate

A candid expression from an Inner Game School graduate

Individuals and groups alike can benefit from integrating the Inner Game into their personal and professional lives. These universal concepts are applicable to every life situation, helping improve personal excellence in your relationships, business, physical performance, and most importantly, you level of internal satisfaction.

Top Inner Game Applications:

Sports Performance | Corporate / Teams | Health and Fitness

Everyone is encouraged to discover how to apply The Inner Game to expand their potential for success and satisfaction:

Executives | Employees | Athletes | Parents | Students | Teachers | Coaches | Consultants | Human Beings wanting fulfillment in life


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U.S. Inner Game School – Soon we will be offering live courses in the Los Angeles area.

Life University – This online platform will provide students ongoing training and support.

Do it Yourself Exercises – Self guided processes to apply Inner Game principles to daily life.

Monthly Podcast – Tim Gallwey addresses topics relating to readers’questions.

Golf Workshops – Come golf with Tim Gallwey and put your Inner Game into action.

“We used Inner Game methods
in every part of our practice.”
“We used Inner Game methods in every part of our practice.”
Pete Carroll
“I use ‘The Inner Game of Tennis’
to get the most out of my players.”
“I use ‘The Inner Game of Tennis’ to get the most out of my players.”
Steve Kerr, Head coach SF Warriors
“Tim Gallwey is a master teacher.”
Peter Senge
“The Inner Game of Tennis is the best book
ever written on playing the violin.”
Isaac Perlman
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The Inner Game
International Schools:

The first countries to host Inner Game Schools:

Brazil, Czech Republic, Spain, Italy.

Coming Soon – U.S. Inner Game International School of Coaching. Sign up now to be notified of launch dates and special U.S. school offers

The International Inner Game Schools are the modern hub of the Inner Game. They are central to its evolution, in both coaching and learning. In these schools, Inner Game students learn not only how to learn, but how to coach others to learn, while teaching their teachers great lessons in the process. This symbiotic relationship between teacher and student is central to our philosophy. It is why the Inner Game continues to evolve and grow with every graduating class.

Recent Association for Coaching Interview with Tim Gallwey

It is impossible to achieve mastery or satisfaction in any endeavor without first developing some degree of mastery of the relatively neglected skills of the inner game. Most of us have experienced days when our self-interference was at a minimum. Whether on a sports field, at work, or in some creative effort, we have all had moments in which our actions flowed from us with a kind of effortless excellence. Athletes have called this state, “playing in the zone.” Generally at these times our mind is quiet and focused. But whatever it’s called, when we’re there, we excel, we learn, and we enjoy ourselves. Unfortunately most of us have also experienced times when everything we do seems difficult. With minds filled with self-criticism, hesitation, and over-analysis, our actions were awkward, mis-timed, and ineffective. Obviously we all would prefer to have more of the first and less of the second.

A Conversation with Coach Pete Carroll

This 90 minute video showcases Pete Carroll and his mentor, Tim Gallwey, discussing sports, coaching, and Q&A with a live audience. This uncut version of the candid conversation is sure to engage fans of all sports, and anyone interested in performance psychology and Inner Game principles.

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