Back in the 1970’s Timothy Gallwey wrote a book that revolutionised sports coaching called the Inner Game of Golf.
In the 1980’s and 90’s Timothy found himself coaching more business and political leaders than sports athletes and he pretty much founded the executive, business and life coaching industries.
His approach focuses on raising your awareness of whatever task you are performing, trusting on the Socratic principle that “All the answers to any problem we have lies within. The trick is how to unlock those answers.”
At the heart of the Inner Game methodology are three principles:
- Non-judgemental awareness
- Trust in one’s self
- The exercise of free choice
People can learn to overcome their own obstacles, in the process of life itself. The individual possesses intelligence beyond our “Ego” that self-corrects and learns how to perform with excellence.
He describes our ego as being like having a teenager in our head, who has read a couple of books and thinks they know everything. This ego is like a 10c computer trying to dominate and teach “your being”, which is like a billiion dollar computer, how to do things.
He says our ego loves “How To’s” and techniques. This is how traditional golf coaches used to coach. You’d learn the “Classic” technique for your swing – and it would be the same for everyone.
Timothy states that everyone has a unique swing of our own, that we have developed on our own. He sees the process of learning as accelerated by raising the learner’s awareness of what they are doing.
This is not just about golf, Ladies and Gentlemen.
He inspires not only me, but another pioneer of the executive coaching field, racing driver turned performance consultant expert; Sir John Whitmore who wrote:
“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 played to overcome the self-imposed obstacles that prevent an individual or team from accessing their full potential”
Hey – don’t get me started – I love this stuff!
My intention in this post is to inform you of some of the basic principles that are enabling us to perform at completely different levels than we previously imagined.
This is indeed part of the current Human Species evolution.