Inner Game with Tim Gallwey
3 June 2013
Since the publishing of the Inner Game, many corporate leaders and managers have recognized the importance of Inner Game concepts for improving performance in the workplace.
In every human endeavour there are two arenas of engagement; the outer and the Inner Game. The outer game is played on the 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 and maximizing performance.
Train with Tim Gallwey
Experience the Inner Game yourself with founder, Tim Gallwey, the godfather of coaching and author of The Inner Game series of books.
The Essence of the Inner Game
In simple terms the Inner Game can be summarized in a formula:
Performance = potential - interference
According to this formula, performance can be enhanced either by growing potential ‘p’ or by decreasing interference ‘i’.
Most of us have experienced days when our self-interference was at a minimum. We have all had moments in which our actions flowed from us with a kind of effortless excellence. Athletes have called this state, ‘playing in the zone’. Generally at these times our mind is quiet and focused. But whatever it's called, when we're there, we excel, we learn, and we enjoy ourselves. It is impossible to achieve mastery or satisfaction in any endeavour without first developing some degree of mastery of the Inner Game.
The Inner Game for Teams
When individuals work together in teams both their potential and their ‘self-interference’ can combine and play off of one another - the interference multiplies and the effective work of such a team is greatly diminished. Through the Inner Game training, the potential of team members is combined and a minimum of interference is brought to the table so that the team is capable of producing results well beyond the mere sum of the potential of its members.
In his two books, The Inner Game of Work and The Inner Game of Stress, Tim Gallwey provides real solutions for people working in organizations to change their Inner Game and raise their performance.
Tim Gallwey’s Inner Game provides principles, methods, and tools to learn to diminish your self-interference so that you can express your full potential in whatever your chosen activity. The Inner Game provides fundamental methods for overcoming self-interference, no matter what outer game is being played. For example, if a person learns the art of relaxed focus of attention in one activity, that skill can be applied to any other activity. This provides great leverage for anyone attempting to maximize excellence in any field.