The greatest insight that you can take away from The Inner Game of Tennis is every performance is composed of two parts, the inner game and the outer game. This applies whether you’re giving a presentation at work, or about to hit a backhand. In this book, Gallwey focuses on your inner game, and how by improving it, you can improve your level of skill at something overall.
What exactly is your inner game? According to Gallwey, a large part of it is the inner monologue that runs through your head as you play. It’s your fears, doubts, and anxieties, which can all hold you back from achieving peak potential. In The Inner Game of Tennis, Gallwey discusses at length how to quiet these voices. He uses the medium of tennis, but his zen teachings apply to all areas of life. This revolutionary book has been a must read since its first publication in 1972.
Learn More: The Inner Game of Tennis: The Classic Guide to the Mental Side of Peak Performance by W. Timothy Gallwey