this book has some good metaphors that you could apply to other areas in your life that you can use to help learn techniques or teach someone else.
just wasn't what I was looking for but it may be helpful to someone else.
I originally read this book in the 90s and it changed my life. I didn't realize how much it influenced my tennis, and then marital arts practice, and further the inner game off the court. Having recently struggled with some inner game challenges as I'm building a business alongside having a full time job, I found myself drawn to revisit the book and the Inner Game principles. Sure enough, it has been so insightful and relieving to revisit the book. Thank you Tim. This book is a gem, and I continue to gift it to many friends.
As an athlete and a trainer I found this enlightening. Like everyone else I've had both "success" and "failure" in life. As I look back I see my greatest successes were when I allowed my second self to enjoy the moment and my greatest struggles have come when I gripped too tight and listened to my first self. I gotta tell you, that first self guy is brutal!
Understand the difference between your ego and inner self, self 1 and self 2. Work to remove judgmental thoughts and focus on what you want to achieve.
The author outlines a good way to be mindful and stay present. Quick listen, would recommend.
An intriguing way to think about learning physical skills. Reminds me of "system 1" and "system 2", but named backwards.
Since this book has been written, Eric Franklin has published his work about the efficiency of using imagery and proprioception do unlearn poor physical and replace them with new ones. Seems to me this idea is similar, but doesn't rely on the notion of two selves for success.
I read this book because someone has used the theory to derivative a book about acting, with some success, so I wanted to read the original text.
Glad I did for that comparison, but didn't glean much that is new from it. The second set of ideas proposed, regarding performance, are simply healthy attitudes towards competition, and have long been adopted into the main stream (though still seldom practiced, lol!). So though perfectly legitimate, no longer seem new.
The techniques work if you allow yourself room for self discovery and awareness without judgement. Get out of your own way and let your innate abilities take over and the process of learning will be accelerated. What love most about this book is that it hinges on the idea that no one theory or technique is set in stone. One must use it as a guide or a tool to form their own technique that they feel comfortable with. Leave room for change, afterall as time goes on we change and so must our game....
Look, it's not that I can't relate it to life when I'm not a tennis player. I can. But it takes so much work. When the idea is to let the second self (?) I think it's called, learn in a new way, then this didn't happen for me as I found myself over thinking everything.
But maybe if you play tennis it would be different for you. I'm sure it would be.