The Inner Game of Tennis
By W. Timothy Gallwey
What does Tennis have to do with Stuttering?
1. Reflections on the Mental Side of (Tennis)___________. Gallwey talks about the player who is ³playing out of his mind.² He further discusses that athletes in this state rarely think about their strokes, serve, etc.they are in a state of ³mindlessness².
2. There are two selves inside every tennis player.1) the ³I² self gives oneself instructions and the 2) the ³2² self tends to react automatically. Getting it together mentally in tennis involves several internal skills:
A. Learning to program yourself internally with images rather than words
B. Learning to TRUST yourself
C. Learning to see ³non-judgmentally²- that is what is happening rather than how good or bad it is!
D. All of these skills are subsidiary to the master skill: CONCENTRATION
3. Learn to Quiet the Mind
A. Letting Go of Judgments
B. Discovering the Process
C. Seeing, Feeling, & Awareness of What Is
D. What about Positive Thinking?
4. Getting it Together: Letting it Happen
A. Put aside your thoughts of yourself: Trust Thyself
B. Program the Self #2¹s computer for FORM & for RESULTS
C. Experiment with ROLE PLAYING
5. Changing Habits
A. Make Changes One Step at a Time
B. Observe Behavior; Ask yourself to change; Program the Behavior; Let it Happen; Non-judgmentally; & Observe
C. CONCENTRATION: Watch the Behavior; Listen to the Behavior; & Feel the Behavior
6. QUIET YOUR MIND! LET IT HAPPEN! DISCOVER!