Positive Expectations: Learning to Play Free of Judgment

The following passage taken from The Inner Game of Tennis (1977) by W. Timothy Gallwey offers insight into the non-judgmental process of improving skill level.

“Read this simple analogy and see if an alternative to the judging process doesn't begin to emerge. 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. When it first shoots up out of the earth, we don 't condemn it as immature and underdeveloped; nor do we criticize the buds for not being open when they appear. We stand in wonder at the process taking place and give the plant the care and nourishment it needs at each stage of its development. 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. It seems to be constantly in the process of change; yet at each state, at each moment, it is perfectly all right as it is “(p.21).

via Positive Expectations: Learning to Play Free of Judgment.

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